I decided to create artwork for the Analord series of records by the artist AFX as a design exercise recently. The project spanned five weeks and in total there were 45 different illustrations throughout the eleven EPs and the box to house them all.
The series was incredibly influential on me when I first heard it and the strategy that AFX took was mind boggling. He chose to create an album entirely of analogue acid music, reducing the gear he used to create a retro 90s sound that was heavily leaning towards hardware (rather than computer software) and modular synthesis.
In order to convey his return to basics, I reduced everything to a monochromatic colour scheme and made use of the simplest geometric shapes and lines that I could for illustration. While the overall colour palette reflects the dark and complex nature that the music imparts. I chose to carry on some of the themes that were established in the original artworks such as not having the artist’s name on the cover. However, on the back cover I did decide to add the number of the record for clarity.
To represent the modular side of things, I created all twelve pieces of artwork to work together as one larger piece. With every track being represented by an individual illustration that works with all the others. Each record cover is interchangeable with the rest and therefore creates a collection of work that mirrors the principle of modular synthesis; being able to swap out any module as desired to create something new and different.
Each piece is connected by a series of thin lines that represent the endless amounts of cables associated with modular synths. Each record also has a number of white symbols in its top left hand corner correlating to its number in the series.