When the Berlin-based record label Sum Over Histories contacted me for a collaboration, as a fan, I knew this was a dream. Sum Over Histories is an independent techno music label founded by German dj duo Frankie & Sandrino. They have individually been active in the electronic music industry for over a decade now, releasing music for the likes of Innervision, Kompakt Records and Mule Musiq while playing in the most renowned clubs of the globe from Watergate (Berlin), to Amnesia (Ibiza) and The Block (Tel Aviv).
For the launch of the next Sum Over Histories project called Saint Is Music, they wanted to design something special to “transport the feeling of being torn inwardly and expressing this externally” for the album Something In Common EP.
My challenge was to visualise the oustanding music produced by the label designing the cover for the record album: my first data-driven album cover.
Sum Over Histories, Saint Is Music
Date of release
Trial and error
Sketch, test, repeat...
The concept was to represent one single track of the album in a visual form, mimicking the shape of the vinyl itself. After sketching out a few ideas, I started to play with scripts and tools to decode the music and extract the waveform of the song (images below). But it wasn’t easy.
Once I managed to extract the waveform in a vector format (the ‘easy’ part), I started to play on Illustrator to create the shape that better represented the song. The multitude of vector elements made the file crash an infinite amount of times while I was exploring different shapes and colours.
Out of the many great songs present in the Something In Common EP, I focused on the track Saint Is feat. Sergi Yaro – Dancing In The Rain. You can watch the animated version of the album cover on Instagram here.
The final result
Watch the making of timelapse on my Instagram page