It was that time of year again and I decided to continue my tradition of creating a Christmas countdown with entertaining images for the amusement of myself and my closest – although the concept seems to spread in a wider circle for each year. Although much appreciated,
As I did not want to continue with the exact same concept from the year before, I decided that the new calendar should consist of hand-drawn images in a style derived from a concept for a number of children’s-books that I came up with a couple of years ago. Nothing all to revolutionary, yet quite effective. Inked originals are scanned in high resolution and then coloured digitally with Photoshop and my trusty Wacom Intous3. The result is simplistic and colourful.
The general rule that I set for myself rather than simply creating fun images (primiarily) with Christmas or winter themes, was that every picture should always somehow relate to the number of the day the respective image was released. This proved not to be all that easy, and sometimes more clearly perceivable to the viewer than on other times, but a fun challenge indeed. And yes, the result quite often turned out quite nerdy indeed. But this audience, I am sure, is surely not surprised.
The result was spread via my personal Facebook page, and via Instagram.
It has been quite a while since I released any music under my own name. When it comes to the musical side of things I have during the past years almost exclusively worked as a producer and musician for other bands and projects. As 2015 comes to and end I took a look backwards and found a few hidden gems that had for different reasons never been released, yet had a firm place in my heart. The decision to share them came as naturally as the collection of songs themselves and was swiftly made into a new EP which I named twozero-onefive.
The EP consists of five songs, of which two – “Die Down” and “Man-Made” – where originally written for the new album by Neurobash but never made it to the finished album. “Die Down” still features some of the additional material recorded together with Neurobash but ended up something quite different than was intended for the album. The rest of the songs are embryos that have been refined into final versions during the later part of the year.
The cover was produced with long-time and double exposure photography at aeongate studios and features one of my latest typefaces also featured here on the homepage.
My aeongate / aeongate studios has housed many projects and functions since the start in 1990. Much of the time the homepage has displayed all different projects that I have been involved in – everything from an art gallery, music shop to a personal presentation page. With the reincorporation of the record label Tigon Media, the homepage is again in the process of being adapted into something quite new. This time more bands than my mare own musical adventures must fit into the concept. At the same time I have chosen to display the moving visuals and filmed material that has been created under the flag of aeongate during the last years. The update process is in full motion. More on the subject as the new page is ready to go online.
Just finishing up on a video that I have been asked to produce for the Swedish industrial band Unitary. The video consists of short scenes that has been composed together by photographs of the artist (Johan Hansson) and photographs / live footage shot in Malmö, Cardiff and Birmingham. Through combining the stark aesthetics of early 20th century architecture with the softness of the human body, I really think there is something quite beautiful about this in all its simplicity. The resulting video will be released sometime before the summer and will be a teaser for the coming album due later this year.
The duo Neurobash is soon to return with a new adventure and I am honored to once again have been asked to create the artwork together with them. So far a new logo and paintings for different release formats have been created along a first set of promotional photographs (to be revealed later). Here is a first look at one of the final proposals for the logo and album artwork.