Goni Montes Illustrates For Amplifier’s The Octopus Special Edition 2.0

UK musicians Amplifier are offering an insane limited edition treatment for their album, The Octopus, complete with silver cover made of KEVLAR, an animation, and a three-disc box set. Limited to 750 copies, below is a sampling of some associated graphics, created by artist Goni Montes. Watch as a male character gets swallowed up in a burst, an infinity symbol, and an octopus — which, as a spirit animal, traditionally symbolizes the infinite. Incredible!


Says Goni of the project: “Sel [Balamir of Amplifier’s plan was to create a sequence of paintings inspired by fractal imagery. The process was exciting as Sel gave me this one solid starting point then urged me to run with any possible inspiration that came of it. Like walking a dog to the park and taking the leash off, I went crazy.”

Below, the full fractal sequence, followed by initial sketches and links where you can purchase the epic collection (for a fairly reasonable price, all things considered).


Amplifier – “The Octopus”


Pre-Order Octopus Special Edition Version 2.0


The 2nd Edition of The Octopus.
We said it would happen, and here it is.

Bigger and weirder than ever – the new three disc edition clocks in at a weighty 112 pages, with new additional graphic chapters added by Goni Montes and Sel. The idea of The Octopus is expanded much further than in the original.

The cover is made from a kind of raw form of Kevlar that is inked silver.
It is very very yummy.

Best of all, The Octopus 2.0 features the names of around 3000 people that bought it initially directly from us. You have been worked in and are part of The Octopus story. Reading through everybody’s names in itself is a fantastic journey through the disintegration of information just as we hoped it would become, and shows what a wide and varied bunch we all are. Without all those people – there would be no Octopus.

As well as the new and expanded book design, the CDs have been remade and injected with dye to complete the futuristic vibe, and also FOR THE ONE AND ONLY TIME EVER – Fractal has been petrified into a polycarbonate CD so everyone who hates downloads can have a real copy of it.

Not only that, but on the Fractal CD we’ve also included a 27 minute film about making The Octopus, that we shot while we were deep in the midst of creation.
If you like things about studios, knobs, faders and the process of recording you’ll probably find this film really, really interesting – otherwise if you don’t like those things – you’ll probably find it really, really dull….

Anyway – here it is….
750 copies – That’s it.
First come – First served.


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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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