My latest album artwork project for Techgnosis Records is based on three original photographs from the abandoned karaoke box on the rooftop of the Qianyue Building 千越大樓 in Taichung 台中. As the name would imply, the sound of this release is tough and gritty, so I went for a more badass vibe with a minimalistic greyscale theme with splashes of blood red for emphasis. All type is set in League Gothic from The League Of Moveable Type.
Designing the artwork for Techgnosis Vol. 2, the sequel to Techgnosis Vol. 1, was a lot more work than I expected it would be. The original is actually one of my favourite cover designs so I wanted to extend the concept from still images to motion pictures—still using source material captured in one of Taiwan’s many abandoned buildings. Since I have recently been exploring many derelict movies theaters working with abandoned film was a natural choice. These particular film canisters were found in the historic Fúhé Theater 福和大戲院 in Yonghe 永和, Taiwan 台灣, the subject of a future post on this blog.
My seventh design for Ben Rama’s Techgnosis Records builds on an abstract image I captured at a scrapyard) in rural Changhua 彰化. I always figured I would use it for an album cover sooner or later—so when Stoertebeker’s Artificial Structures landed in my inbox I jumped at the opportunity. Type is set with Diavlo, a surprisingly complete free font with five weights and several intriguing ligatures that help to give the design a slick look.
My latest design for Techgnosis Records draws upon source material shot at the abandoned Chenchang Woodworking Factory 振昌木業 in Shuili 水里, Nantou 南投. This is one of my favourite ruins in all Taiwan 台灣 and I have now been there on three separate occasions. The photos used in this design are from two separate trips as the vintage safety first poster (below) is now missing in action.
I have been churning out album artwork for Ben Rama’s Techgnosis Records imprint as of late. This’ll be my fifth contribution: an abstract and textural piece working around the theme of vitesse, which means “speed” in French. The source imagery is original, as always, with both textures shot somewhere in the rundown parts of Taichung 台中 immediately around the train station.
The Dreamhouse Effect is my fourth album artwork project for Techgnosis Records, Ben Rama’s new label. I have been helping out with graphic design, as you can see from my work on Luzoba, Orobas, and the debut compilation. As the title would imply, the release emphasizes evocative, mesmerizing, and dreamlike soundscapes, making it a perfect match for my original photography.
Luzoba is the second exclusive release (and third overall) from the newly-minted Techgnosis Records, a new label headed up by Ben Rama with graphic design support from yours truly. So far I’ve sourced everything from my extensive archive of photographs from around Taiwan 台灣. This particular piece features a pair of pictures from the town of Shuinandong 水湳洞 in Ruifang 瑞芳, better known to outsiders as the home of Jiufen 九份.
Orobas is the first exclusive release on Techgnosis Records, a new label I am collaborating on with Ben Rama, for whom I completed several album artwork projects in the past; see The Invisible Kingdom and Live In Montreal. To capture the magic and mystery of the music I used a haunting photo of a suspension bridge in the fog that I shot in Yangmingshan 陽明山, Taiwan 台灣, a couple of years ago. This same photo previously appeared on this very blog as Into The Unknown; follow the link for more information (and the opportunity to purchase a framed print if you’re into that sort of thing).
My friend Ben approached me with the idea of compiling a release for my techno-oriented netlabel, Drumlore, so of course I said “yes”! We threw a few concepts around before settling on Techgnosis, an obvious tribute to the work of Erik Davis, but also a fitting name for Ben’s particular brand of deep, mystic techno.