I had a lot of fun making the music for Hipshooter, and making the CD poster was an experience in and of itself. But due to the labor intensive process of making each one by hand, they are now sold out. I might start making more in the future, however only if enough people request it to warrant the effort. I'll post some pics later of the process, but roughly it goes like this (each step was done in batch):
- Buy supplies
- Cut out 8x11 square of foamboard
- Go to Kinko's to make color photocopies of artwork
- Glue artwork to foamboard, trim edges
- Write on back of foamboard with paint marker
- Use computer to make a copy of the CD
- Spray paint CD, masking off section for later drawing
- Let CD dry, don't let anything fall on wet paint
- Draw outline of TV and lettering with black sharpie
- Color the inside of the TV with red, green, blue sharpie
- Take CD center plastic piece, attach it to foamboard
- Put CD in CD holder
- Wrap finished CD Poster in crumpled newspaper
- Insert into addressed manila envelope
- Go to post office and mail it
Altogether I estimate that it took me 110 minutes to make each CD poster. If this was a real job I would've gotten paid less than $1.50/hour, haha. I definitely didn't think it'd take so long, and I also didn't anticipate the number of orders I got all at once. Along the way I ran into a number of problems: getting all the supplies took some time, I'm a pretty bad drawer, and I ran out of spray paint which meant taking a trip to get some more + signing to get it (selling spray paint in Chicago is illegal).
Part of my drought in releasing CDs is that it seems like a pretty boring format to me, disposable. I buy a CD and listen to it a few times, inevitably the CD case and artwork get lost and then I misplace the actual CD itself for a few months - only to rediscover it later with joy. But even then, I don't listen to music much on a CD player anymore and will search for a digital copy (I'm too lazy to even rip CDs!).
So it would seem weird to me to give/sell something to people that didn't have much worth to me on its own. So to try and remedy the situation, I decided to try out this CD poster idea, and so far I like it. I like the idea of flipping the format to something else (i.e. poster) and then affixing the CD to that. So instead of having a CD with some artwork, it's a poster that has a CD attached. As a bonus, the CD won't get lost in a pile and itself is part of the visual work.
I also wanted to package everything online in a way that was easily accessible and embodied the sense of what an "album" means to me, a package of something: ideas, artwork, music. Stream it now, or download it for later. Buy the CD Poster if you want. Read the notes and contact me, learn more. The only limitation is that my hosting company is pretty bad and sometimes people's downloads wouldn't work. Hopefully that didn't happen to the majority of people though...there isn't a way for me to track this that I know of.
More important than all of this though, is that I feel energized to make more music. Black Tie Elephant has been playing some, and we have a recording date this Saturday. Which is great, because I love BTE and the songs we've composed, but we've done such a terrible job documenting and recording the songs that I'll bet at least 2 albums worth of material have either been forgotten or are just sitting in our heads. That ain't right...