The Future Sound of London – A Controlled Vista

December 2020

Limited edition 12" picture disc artwork for a release on Touched Revolutions.

This album originally came out as part of the mammoth Touched By Silence 12 CD boxset on Touched Music. A digital version was later released, featuring different artwork, on FSOLdigital. Rather than create yet another new design, a discussion with the band and label lead to me using the digital release's artwork as the design direction.

As with all the label's releases, the equipment used to make the music features prominently on the A side. I hunted through a box of old photos and managed to find some negatives, amazingly shot on the same film type as the airport image from the digital release. Scans of the old film were overlaid and edited to create the right atmosphere for the music, utilising the film strip frame edges, sprocket holes and a few overexposed shots to create interest and texture. 

On the back I used the airport image along with some of my overlaid film scans, trying to keep the aesthetic of it looking a bit haphazard and not too deliberately placed (although in truth everything was exactly placed and considered multiple times). The large artist and title text treatment was inspired by the "safety film" type on the original airport image.

This was a dream job for me – the opportunity to design for one of my favourite bands (been a fan since the early 90s). I was incredibly pleased with the final design and feel it fits the music and extends the aesthetic of the digital release's artwork.

 

Side A
Side B
Side A close up
The A side features the synth used to make the music
Track listing on side B
I used frame 16 of the film strip as a subtle hint to the number of tracks
Credits close up
A joint design credit as the design features the airport shot from the FSOLdigital release artwork

Other picture disc releases on Touched Revolutions: Karsten Pflum – Revealed EP, exm – LS16, Keiss – Urban Utopia EP, Scanner – The Signal of a Signal of a Signal