Category: Art

Looking through Adam Johnson’s portfolio site, I was reminded of a commercial that he and Akira Takahashi (designed many awesome CDs for us) collaborated on for the Flip camera. Check below for some of his original music (diff versions in diff commercials). You should also check out his soundcloud account for a few unreleased gems (find ‘Sunden’ in particular, classy Adam J stylings).

Adam Johnson Soundcloud

Excellent shots of downtown Miami in time lapse by my friend Pete. With Somnitone from the Squadron 2 CD as soundtrack. Check it out in HD fullscreen!

Lovely video done of some graphics, over Brothomstates remix of Machinedrum. (HD and full screen highly recommended)

Check it out here.

Here are 2 earlier iterations of the Merck website. Version 1 was done by a friend from IRC, Desynch. Version 2 was done by Erik/Xhale of Miasmah, who did the current version as well. The individual release pages didn’t survive the archiving on my hard drive, but you get the idea. Funny how relating back to the post before this, on V1, half the upcoming stuff didn’t actually happen as planned because people got snagged by other labels or didn’t come through on their Merck commitments for various reasons. I guess that happened a lot more than I like to remember. Nonetheless, I never quite got around to doing a Version 4 and converting the Merck page into a php driven beast, so I guess it will be stuck in its flash/html glory from here on out…

Here is a preview of a slight remix of V2 by lassi/brothomstates, unfortunately he never finished tweaking.

Back in early 2003, hot on the heels of the success of the first Kristuit Salu vs. Morris Nightingale CD by Jimmy Edgar, we began work on solo second albums from each alias (“Kristuits Salu – re:design district” and “Morris Nightingale – I’m It’s Easy” (changed later to: Easy Like Ginger)). Jimmy had a slew of new tracks from each alias, both coming along strong and pushing the edges of the two sounds he established on the first record. He began work on art for them (he had done the art for My Mines I), which came out interesting, but fortunately he started to link up with Jesse Magicpatch, and he did two further revisions of the art that came out quite awesome. In the meantime I had flown to Japan to network and have a licensing meeting with my old friends at P-Vine, because they were excited to get a follow up from Jimmy as they had already released My Mines I in Japan. Unfortunately, shortly after that I found out it was all for naught, as big brother (Warp) stepped in, signed Jimmy exclusively to their label, and demanded that he not release any other music with anyone else (and thus why Jimmy has had several aliases since then that have been hush hush). Nonetheless, this was an important early lesson on the label side of why to sign contracts with people. Ultimately I was happy for Jimmy, because someone I had discovered and nurtured was on to bigger and better things, a much bigger audience, and hopefully some just monetary rewards for his talent. But I had definitely wasted a lot of efforts on this, and to make it worse, Warp only ended up using 4 of the 20+ tracks that we had slated for release on the two new albums (Access Rhythm EP).

So here is the original artwork that Jimmy created in March of 2003.

The 2 new versions by Magicpatch in May of 2003 (**Make sure to click on em to see the full res).

Shame that art never got used, and the music was never heard. Its nice to be beyond all these kinds of headaches now, back to listening, and not releasing. More artwork and maybe some more drama to come in future posts, but thats enough for now from “Gabe of the Mountain” (nickname Jimmy always called me, I don’t remember why though!).

Here is an alternate version of the Narita logo, as designed by Akira Takahashi. I really liked it, but at the end of the day I wanted something that looked more visually attached with the existing Merck Logo, so I went with the one you see used. But this one had a nice flare to it (as all of Akira’s stuff does).

Here are some preliminary shots of Version 2 of the Merck Generic Jacket, as designed by Noah Conopask. We decided these were a bit too bright for the overall label vibe, so we went with the more subdued black and white with a hint of blue that you see on the last few 12″s we released.

Here are two unused items from the Various Artists – Dosage (Merck 020) CD. They were made by Adesh, kind of as a joke I guess, either way we weren’t using em. First one was intended to be on the inside sleeve, and a reference to the limited edition Merck Camo Trucker Hats we had made. The second was for the tray, and I have no clue what its in reference to.

I’m gonna start posting up unused or mostly unseen Merck related graphics that I have wasting away on my hard drive. First up is a dozen web banners that I made in the early years of the label, I think only a few were ever used, and only brielfly at that. I had some theory about including eyes in them to grab peoples attention and make them more interesting. Nonetheless, here they all are below. Eventually I’ll work up to some peeks at completely unused CD art that we ended up with over the years, but for now enjoy these hallmarks of IDM advertising.

I had to make an animated one.

On the left my friend Jay (rip) and his cat. On the right the famous mp3 communist.

Laetitia Casta FTW.

One of the alternate logos originally designed by Brothomstates.

Based off one of the early versions of the m3rck website.

I really have no explanation for this.

One of my personal favorites, mostly because Esa completely hated it.

Just had to share vocally that this is my favorite art/music magazine, by far. It makes Beautiful Decay look like a community college zine. Usually in any magazine or art show that I see around, there is like 1-2 artists work that I enjoy, and the rest are kinda interchangeable. BUT each Multilink issue is constantly good art/music. I always finish reading it and have about a dozen names I need to check out more. Admittedly I’m a bit biased towards them due to some connections, but seriously, I can’t get over the quality of the artists/photographers/illustrators/designers that they feature in there (that’s why I’m involved!). Usually people I’ve never heard of, and always amazing work.

Their site/blog has just been reinvigorated, and they got a webstore and book in the works too. As a side note for the Merck fans reading this, they did the most involved and detailed article on Merck ever. You can find it in issue #6. Also they have this badass flash based online pdf viewer for those of you who don’t want to leave your browser.

I highly recommend you check out the magazine if you have eyes, here.