Modus Vivendi is derived from Latin for the way of living and Sonitus means sound. With the three words together, my translation goes, “The way of living through sound.” I recently displayed my work for a show called Constellation which was put on by some great friends of mine, Jim Sheppard and Liz Simpson. For this show, I decided to showcase my live band photography for the first time. I carefully selected the works that had an overarching mood and similar elements which created complimenting compositions for me to work with. Each selected work was crafted and finalized in post-production using image layering and element elimination in order to create meloncholic-minimalist pieces. One of my main goals for this project was to capture the essence of each artist in the most endearing and obscure way.
I’m really excited to announce the early release of Tycho’s new album “Dive.” CD, vinyl, and direct download available over at the to ISO50 Shop. So far, I’ve ran through the album three or four times and I can’t get enough. This new music from Tycho has been long awaited and has far from disappointed. Looks like I’ll have my music set for my autumn/winter design sessions.
I am also super excited for “The Years” EP by Memoryhouse which was just released late last month. The video above is a full stream of the EP with new and unreleased visuals by Jamie Harley. Jamie does a wonderful job capturing the emotion and feel of the music in the visuals with the dreamy, washed out, and psychedelic imagery. I’m really anxious for the full length LP now.
Here is the artwork for Tycho’s new album “Dive and the first single from it “Hours.” Scott Hansen never seizes to disappoint musically and artistically. What always draws me into Scott’s artwork for his music is his photography aesthetics. The colors, imagery, and mood are always in unison with the music. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.
Here is Scott Hansen’s (ISO50) latest work for his upcoming Tycho show in Toronto. I was stunned when I initially saw these because they look different than most of the work that he has done in the past while still portraying his signature style. In his recent work he has really utilizes the use of silhouettes as a central focal point for his designs. Scott has really become a master of layering using here about 20 image layers overlayed with various blending modes masking them with the woman’s silhouette. His excellent choice of color only enhances the composition in both posters.
To read more about his poster and upcoming show go to the ISO50 blog.
I’ve been anxiously waiting for the new Tycho single, Coastal Break…and it is finally here. The official release date for the vinyl and digital is set for December 8th (my birthday…yay!). Pre-orders will start November 2nd which I am going to be all over. Scott Hansen (Tycho/ISO50) has amazed me once again with his flawless style of music and design. His choice of colors, imagery, and type treatment is absolutely breathtaking. The 12″ vinyl cover is fairly simple with a strong use of image and in the reverse he uses his type successfully creating soft breathing room. The vinyl will be coming with a limited edition poster of alternate artwork folded into each vinyl sleeve. Visit the ISO50 Shop.
Last Saturday at Sacramento’s Launch Design and Music Festival,Tycho and Dusty Brown gave outstanding performances to a large crowd. Dusty Brown played right after Sister Crayon and then Tycho took the stage shortly after displaying visuals behind him on the stage. Later that night Dusty Brown and Tycho gave a rare performance (Dusty, Zac, Jessica, and Scott) of “A Circular Reeducation (remix)” electrifying the crowd. These are just a few of the photos I took and I am actually going to develop one more role. So I will probably have another post within the next few weeks. View more photos from Launch on my flickr page.
Here’s my long overdue post about someone who has been of major influence on me, Scott Hansen. He is a San Francisco based musician by the name of Tychoand artist/designer known asISO50 originally from Sacramento. I stumbled upon his Tycho performance in Sacramento’s Artisan in 2007 and I was blown away when I walked into the gallery to hear his music and see layered,dreamlike motion visuals behind him playing in perfect harmony with the sounds he created. Prints were displayed on the walls and a table was set up with his latest album Past is Prologue with some prints for sale as well. It was truly an unforgettable moment. From that point on I have been a huge fan of Tycho and I’ve followed him on his blog. His work as an artist/designer has been a huge source of inspiration for me and his music has helped ease my mind and get the creative juices flowing. Through the most stressful of times and through the most beautiful moments his music has been a soundtrack to my life. Hansen’s work as ISO50 has a nostalgic style particularly of Graphic Design in the 60s and 70s and is hugely inspired by Bauhaus. His blog reflects inspirations of that style along with music and culture to stimulate your brain and senses.
Design, to me, is the search for efficiency. Efficiency in conveying a message, efficiency of form. In this way I see some of my own work falling into the category of design, while some of my other work falls under the umbrella of illustration. With the more illustrative pieces my primary goal is to create something beautiful or striking in a visceral sense. These goals remain intact when I create a purely design-driven piece, but there is the added goal of minimalism and efficiency which constrains the process and limits the content. It is these constraints that force us as designers to reveal the core of the idea we are trying to express and to seek the most direct route to it. In this way, all of the periphery and excess of illustration and fine art can be shed to expose the roots of visual communication and express them in a concise and instantly understandable form. When I see something that embodies these ideals it is always very moving, these are the things that drive me to create. So these are the sorts of things I will be posting here and whether it’s examples of graphic design or industrial design, I will try to describe what makes these things appealing to me.
If you have yet to see his work or have not heard his music just go over and check out his blog at iso50.comwhere you can find links to Tycho music, iso50 shop, and portfolio. The works above are just a few of my favorites but this is only a taste of what Hansen has created. You can also see more of his work at flickr.
Don’t forget the Launch Design and Music Festival is tomorrow. I’m exited to see all the music and design/fashion that will be shown but I am really anxious to see Tycho (top) and Dusty Brown. I here that Tycho is going to start playing around 8:30pm but I haven’t got word yet on what time Dusty Brown will be playing. If you haven’t got you tickets yet there might be some available at the UnitedState store in Downtown Sacramento.
DJ sets by LA Riots,Dances With White Girls, & Tycho. Live performances by Wallpaper, Love Like Fire, Dusty Brown, and Sister Crayon.
Downtempo Whine Lounge
Music by The Pool Music by Rock bottom and Mookie
Risque Electro Lounge
Mike Diamond, DJ Greg J, Must.Not.Die. and The Robot and JJ
This show is going to be epic I am really looking forward to seeing Tycho who I haven’t seen since 2007. I hope to see you all there. You can purchase tickets from UnitedState on 1014 24th Street in Midtown Sacramento for $16 general admission or online at launch.vhcle.com for about $24. It seems obvious where you should get the tickets.