Analysis of album art of the 20th Century Essay

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Music has always had a strong influence on people everywhere in the world and nothing points to this ever changing. There is an enormous amount of genres and sub genres, new hits and old classics, songs and compositions for everyone and this number is forever increasing. It is virtually impossible to listen to all songs ever written and hardly anyone would try to attempt that, yet each band and singer would want to have their music noticed. This is why album art is an essential part of any music CD, an eye catcher that can make a consumer purchase a piece of music that they might not even like.
Nowadays the graphics still exist, so do music shops, CD’s and CD covers but due to development of technology with each year more and more
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Which means a 30x30 centimeter canvas for ideas, and Hipgnosis have managed to achieve a truly wonderful effect - a picture of a cow looking back at you, standing in the middle of green field on a cloudy day is simply mind blowing.
The members of Hipgnosis, particularly Thorgerson, are indeed unique and talented designers, mostly known for their album art for famous Rock ‘n’ Roll bands. They started of almost by a chance, which is of course a great start – it is said that all great things are simple. Originally it was Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell with contributions of ideas and skills from their many friends and acquaintances. Neither of them studied Graphics, but instead they would talk to the band and listen to their music, and then portray the graphical image that the compositions would inspire them to. They would befriend musicians and create art that was linked to their music in a very special way. David Gilmore(1997, foreword in Thorgerson, 1997 p. 9) has said: ‘Storm’s ideas are not linked to anyone’s ideas of marketing: that they are atmospherically linked to the music is a bonus. I consider what he does to be art.’

A cow. This is the first thought that comes in mind when one sees Pink Floyd’s „Atom Heart Mother”, unless it of course is „Why is this cow here?”. The cow is the heroine of the cover and as designer
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