While Simon and I vacationed in Destin, Florida, the fantastic artist Starr Weems made fabulous album cover art for my music project: Acolytes of the Machine. The art is based on the lyrics to the title track “Acolytes of the Machine.” Today Starr wrote about the step by step process she used (poured watercolor,) and she posted images of the art at its various stages in her blog.
For more information be sure to ‘like’ Starr’s Facebook page, so you can check out some of her other pieces!
Starr will also create the back cover featuring Rupus Fugue from “A Balleto for Rupus.” I can’t wait to see it!
Actually, those words in no way convey my eagerness. I checked my email constantly for updates once Starr began last week. Every time she posted a photo the pipe organ–the Machine of Miritis–just got cooler. There are tall ranks of pipes to storm clouds, lightning, gears, and the Blond Choir with eyes aglow. The organist with her long hair reminds me of “The Vampire” by Edvard Munch. There is a rear view mirror on the ornate console with its many manuals, a gargoyle on the pipes, and an ominous rainbow of color. Yes, I used the words together: ominous and rainbow. Go look and tell me there is NOT an ominous rainbow of color! The stops down the right side next to the organist particularly please Wesley and I. Just lovely in detail and as a whole. Starr rocks! Completely.
Watching this part of the album develop has been fascinating and so much fun! Honestly, every part of the album process has been incredible. I feel so fortunate to have worked with so many skilled and talented makers of beauty! Jeff Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff, Michelle “vixy” Dockrey, Brenda Sutton, Teresa Powell, Kristoph Klover, Amy McNally, Betsy Tinney, Sunnie Larsen, Chris French, Kevin Kono, and now Starr Weems de Graffenried, thank you, thank you, and thank you!
October will be here before you know it!