Sigur Rós lay dormant for a while after their successful tour and then they came out with the album (). The album tracks were also untitled (although the band did have names for them). This single was released as a 3″ disc and then as the version I have which has the same four songs and a DVD.
It was called variously “Untitled 1/9″ or “Vaka” and it contains 2 or 4 songs. The first song is “Vaka.” Song 2 or 2 through 4 are called “Smáskífa” (or (untitled #9)). It was originally listed as a 12 minute song but has been broken up on both releases as 3 shorter songs:
The first one is a slow mournful section, with Jonsi’s voice manipulated somewhat to make it sound a little creepier than it normally does. The second part opens with the voice presumably sped up making it even higher pitched than normal. Then comes the beautiful slow piano. The third part consists of slow, repeated synth notes and ends with what sounds like more of Jonsi’s singing, but slowed down. It’s not the most inspired song by the band, but it shows them playing around with sounds a bit more.
The official track listing is
- Untitled (Vaka) 6:43
- Untitled (Smáskífa 1) 4:38
- Untitled (Smáskífa 2) 2:47
- Untitled (Smáskífa 3) 4:22
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This is an excellent book for learning about graphic design, whether you are a kid or an adult. Even though I feel like I know a lot about graphic design, I learned some fundamentals. Kidd explains not only how but why things work as they do. And he begins but upending conventions (just look at the cover which should give you pause).
If you don’t know who Chip Kidd is, he is an amazing book jacket designer. Some of the most beautiful jackets were created by him. And, even though I’ve been a fan for a while, I didn’t know that he designed the cover for Jurassic Park (and made all of the iconography for the subsequent movies).
He talks about the history of design (from nature to man-made), showing how we learn things from nature and then proceed to produce beautiful things (I enjoyed his quick trip through the highlights of man-made design from the Book of Kells to the Obama logo).
He talks about simple tricks for making designs stand out like using very small or very large pictures, inverting images, using vertical or horizontal lines, and emphasizing light and dark. [On a purely fun bit of coincidence, he designed the cover for Zbigniew Herbert’s Mr. Cogito. I just read a review about the book by David Foster Wallace last week]. I also really enjoyed the way he plays with images and dpi.
He also tells us about color (and Pantone) and positive and negative space (the FedEx logo!–we just watched The Santa Clause and the trucks have the old Federal Express logo, which was quite a shock).
And then there’s a big section on Typography [Karen,are you reading?]. If you know anything about typography you won’t get much new here, but Kidd includes some interesting detailed history about the fonts.
He explains that it is important to consider all of these opinions before dealing with your content. And he gives some great example of his own book covers as content.
The final section is for kids (and I suppose adults) to design their own things (and post to his website–gothebook.com). I didn’t love the projects, actually. I would have preferred more design your own life’s book cover type of things–probably because my kids are too young to really enjoy the one he suggests). But I love that he’s encouraging kids to get into design and I’m curious to see what will get uploaded.
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