The Artwork Of ECM

As this is the first post of 2015 I’d just like to wish everyone a very happy new year and hope things are going in the right direction for you all. As most of the EP track arrangements are ready for the tracking stage I thought I would take a minute to look at some creative decisions facing me with regards the finished physical product, mainly artwork. I have long been a fan of Munich based label ECM both for their boundary-pushing artists and the unique, distinctive art style featured on many of their releases. The muted colours and abstract imagery, has somewhat of an impressionistic quality that is indicative of the often highly improvised nature of the music itself.

Label founder and director Manfred Eicher personally marries each album release with the artwork he feels best suits the music, choosing from a personal selection of collated or commissioning new artworks with the music in mind.  A couple of articles probe this subject in more depth can be found here and here. I look forward to exploring the creative intersection between music and artwork in my own project and will be posting any art drafts or inspiration along the way towards release.