Saturday, 19 November 2011

REHEARSAL CD1 - update

Title: Rehearsal CD1
Reason for update: To show off the recently unearthed original colour artwork!

This private demo pressing (WAR008) was covered by Nazgul back on 23 February 2010, and at that time was received very well. The 4 tracks recorded were not intended for commercial sale, but as an item for close friends, which is why it remains a pretty obscure demo all round.

The curious amongst you may have occasionally wondered what some of the black and white photocopied covers of Hugin's many releases would have looked like in their original guise. Indeed, it had been mentioned in posts gone by that some (if not all) of Skogen's original covers on Wulfrune Worxx are in colour, which must make for a fabulous sight as the monochrome versions are often excellent.

Well, here's a rare opportunity: a chance to see the original construction used for this Hrossharsgrani CDr in all of its glory. The image below shows that the orginal photograph used on the back of the inlay was taken on 28 November 1999 (the details become unclear after photocopying) and that Hugin had signed the photo with his gold marker pen (this appears white on the copy).

More importantly, however, it shows the cover artwork in a much different and less harsh light: the black and white cover is very grainy by comparison, giving the fortification illustrated a harder, more evil edge (which - quite possibly - was the intention for the final image all along). The colour version, conversely, uses quite gentle watercolours and shades and to these eyes makes for a more dreamy image. Love those colours used in the sky around the top of the mountain, too. Try comparing the two covers below for yourself:

So there we have it, a rare Hrossharsgrani inlay booklet from circa 1999 deconstructed for your delight and fascination. As a final obervation, one assumption that it seems fair to make is how the home computer market has changed this process over the last decade. In the current age of powerful graphic design packages, enhanced processing power on even the cheapest laptop, and comparatively cheap colour printing it is presumably a more straightforward and affordable task to produce high-standard colour covers to accompany modern releases. Not so a decade or so ago, when hand-made collages of actual photos stuck on sheets of paper next to physical drawings or pieces of art were needed to knock out a demo cover. Food for thought.

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