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Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order (Beck's Music Inspired Art) | by Graphic Nothing
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Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order (Beck's Music Inspired Art)


This is my entry to Beck's Music Inspired Art thingy...


And here's some thoughts about the album, as that's what they ask...


I think Low Life is probably my own favourite New Order album, but Power, Corruption & Lies is never-the-less pretty good. It was actually the first New Order album I bought, back in 1985. I loved the colour codes on the sleeve, and the complete lack of information, which at the time made the band seem all the more mysterious to me. Whenever I think of the album, musically & colour wise, (in the way that Low Life is quite gray in sound), PCL feels quite dark with speckles of bright colours. I suppose this is because of the minimal, but colourful, electronic sound. It also seems an album of songs quite sad and those quite happy, and because of this, I've choose pretty moody dark colours, and also pretty sunny ones, each fighting for attention. It was in trying to figure a way of merging these opposite moods together, that I thought of trying this type of pattern, but it was also influenced by a work by Anton Stankowski & Max Bill, whose work I'd been looking at over the weekend.


New Order's sleeve designer, Peter Saville, was one of the reasons I became a graphic designer, and I later ended up studying like him at Manchester Poly by the same lecturers. Because of his creative shadow over New Order's sleeves, it's hard not to do something quite Saville-esque,


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Taken on July 27, 2009