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December 13, 2009, 1:36 am
Filed under: Design, Music

Windfall Light: The Visual Language of ECM
Lars Müller Publishers, $135

Following the success of Sleeves of Desire (1996), a second publication about the ECM label is now devoted to its sleeve designs from 1996 to the present. Since its founding in 1969, ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music), has been dedicated primarily to jazz and contemporary classical music and is a leading international label in both these fields. What distinguishes ECM are its design aesthetics, which have always been an integral part of its music productions. Manfred Eicher’s collaboration with Barbara and Burkhart Wojirsch, and Dieter Rehm up to 1996, and since then with Sascha Kleis and alternating photographers and artists has produced an aesthetics of the cover that initiates a dialogue between the mostly photographic image and the music. This book takes the reader on an associative journey through this visual world. In their texts, the authors examine various aspects of this visual language in greater detail. An illustrated catalog of all of ECM’s releases since its founding completes this publication.


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