Tycho Album Cover
For this project I was hypertheically commisioned to design the graphics for the later LP album to be released in late december for Tycho, an American ambient music project, led by Scott Hansen. The style of the album had to reflect 21st century design as well as Tycho’s ethos. This led me to experiment with animation software, such as cinema 4d to produce an album cover which represented the 3d nature of the current era, as well as Tycho’s ethos.
Tycho Album Cover
This front cover logo derives from Tycho’s previous work, with many of his previous album covers having this logo. Similarly to the imagery of his projects, Scott wants his work to be open-ended. He wanted to create a logo rather than a typeface that people could project their own meanings and ideas onto. Removing all names from the cover loads the cover with meanin and creates a recognizable symbol that encapulates Tycho and the holistic audio/visual project. As well as this it doesn’t associate to any time line, it could be from the future, present or past. The logos meaning is left to the individual. I wanted to keep with this theme, as I felt it correctly represented the album cover I had also created to represent Tycho.
Tycho’s sound is both progressive and futuristic in style as well as composition. Themes within Hansen’s music include nostalgia, longing and the natural word. He uses a combination of electronic synths, live instrumentation and old school sound clips in order to create an organic, relatable sound. To represent this sound I wanted to produce a an album cover which had an energy and sense of movement to it. A piece of art that spoke for itself and left the individual to make up their mind about what it represented. The reverse of the cover uses spheres with different shading to represent the songs, rather than traditional methods. Each sphere is suited to a song, keeping minimalistic, as not to take away from the music or visuals.