Storm Thorgerson And Storm Studios’ Dark Side of the Moon

Storm Thorgerson is eternally taking photography to next levels. While doing research today for his recent cover of the Wombats’ This Modern Glitch (see below), I came across this lovely project he is doing for Dark Side Of The Moon.

The name of the game is controlled randomness! Chaos in the order.

Scroll down for his explanation.

The Dark Side of the Moon, DSOM to us, offers fertile revisiting, as in the liquid version with which we sort of ended last news update. It’s so nice I’m going to show it again, at least a variation thereof. As I said, we developed this process by doing an album cover for Powderfinger from sunny Brisbane, for whom it seemed appropriate to use an Australian motif, namely a kookaburra.

This was first designed as a graphic, then turned into a ‘tray container’ in which liquids could be poured and allowed to leak with a little encouragement, thus contaminating neighbours with beautiful and unexpected patterns and swirls. Magic.

Controlled random… what you see is what we did, minimal computer, just paint and water mixing randomly in controlled/contained departments or ‘zones’ depicting in outline the Australian kookaburra – a bird for song and for flights of imagination which appealed to the aforesaid Powderfinger, much enjoyed by them and us.

Two images of the kookaburra can be seen below.

And the aforementioned cover for The Wombats disc…

Click here to buy a copy of Thorgerson’s collective’s latest book, The Raging Storm.

And while we’re at it, let’s just go through a few other works, along with a focus on some Shpongle records! I much appreciate Thorgerson’s willingness to detail experiences on his website so that people can get a sense of his mindset despite being so detached from his as a person! (I can’t even find any contact information, unfortunately.)

Biffy Clyro – Lonely Revolutions

Lonely Revolutions was an album of B sides recorded whilst making Only Revolutions, consisting of tracks which initially needed to be deselected from the main album. They were now resurrected for an internet release for fans only, or so we were told. Anger, sex, fighting/arguing were prominent in the lyrics and music. Something circular for ‘revolutions’ and horses because the band were temporarily into them and a couple fighting or fucking – can’t always tell, now can you?

An assortment of Shpongle-related artwork.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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