I was listening to some random French radio station the other day when I heard this song by Barbarossa, the name under which James Mathé records music. The track is a lush, organ filled encounter, and Barabrossa’s voice smoothly brings the whole thing together, floating above the steady drum beat.
Back in 2011, Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius, was commissioned by Hermès to create nine illustrations for a campaign called Voyage d’Hermès. The work is unabashedly Moebius with basically no products of any sort making a cameo in the pieces. You can snag super hi-res versions of these for your own enjoyment by clicking here.
It’s been a little while since there’s been a wallpaper on the site, sorry about that. Starting with this week things will be getting back to normal with wallpapers being featured each Wednesday. As for today, we have a really mellow wallpaper from Vienna based designer Constantin Demner, who’s a part of Studio Elastik. He created this wallpaper at the tail end of a trip to a Greek island, which definitely comes across in the type and cute sun and cloud illustration.
Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper!
CRAIG: How did you get interested in the whole aspect of things? Were you into computers as a kid?
YORKE: Well, I came to the electronic stuff late because our band really was in the wave of rejecting a lot of it. When we were starting in ’91, ’92, there were some interesting things happening in Britain with electronic music—Warp Records was putting out some crazy shit. But a lot of the exciting things that were happening at the time were guitar music, and as band, that’s where we went. So we came back to the computer stuff later on. There was this interesting thing when we started out as a band where you had to go to a studio, so you were presented with a producer and an audience on the other side of the glass, and they called you and said, “Can you do that bit again? Can you try a different guitar?” And I always found that a bit weird because I felt that I should be with those people, in their room, doing that bit.
CRAIG: Not that you were trying to control the situation at all …
YORKE: No. It was just like, “Who the hell are you?” [both laugh] And then computers got to a point where you could just record directly into them. So when that happened, funny enough, I thought, Right, I’m going to learn how to do this because then I can understand that part. And luckily, we were working with our friend Nigel [Godrich], with whom we still work, and he was really into the idea that the areas were blurred. You know, as musicians we’re quite technical as well—especially Jonny and Colin [Greenwood]. I think Jonny actually learned how to program in C language along with my brother when he was, like, 12. I remember walking from my brother’s room in the morning and he was reading a book on how to program machine code. It was insane. That’s the kind of school we went to. I remember that the kids in school were freaking out when they could make the computer print the word “pee” or something.
Marta Monteiro is a Portugal based illustrator who has an amazing series of images called Little People which I’m currently rather fond of. She describes the series as an “ongoing illustration project where lilliputian female are the main characters,” and the situations she’s created are both beautiful and pretty funny.