Synthetics

Synthetics is an audio visual project created by Ben Cook. He is also Founder & Creative Director at Radio Design.

 

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Synthetics Sleeve Artwork Bokhari Records

Bokhari Records limited edition sleeve artwork

Bokhari Records are a vinyl only indie label who like to keep their releases exclusive and good-looking. They commission bespoke sleeve artwork from illustrators and artists for each of their strictly limited runs.

It was a privilege to be asked to create the artwork for their second release Siafu/Disrupted Project – Slunk Dub 12″. Paul from the label said he liked pyramids and eyes (and who doesn’t?), so it seemed only reasonable to embark on this psychedelic voyage into a world alive with acidic geometry, dismembered hands and a lone, vigilant eyeball.

I designed the sleeves so they would tile horizontally if you arranged them in a strip front-to-back (you can see this effect in the 3rd image down). The idea being if you had enough records you could line them up and create a visual loop repeating forever… If you really wanted to. Since I usually work in moving image I saw this repetition effect as a way to suggest some rhythm and motion in the artwork. I wanted it to feel a bit like a video timeline or musical score, with the shapes themselves representing the different notes and creating a loose kind of visual music.

Other featured artists include Andy Potts, John Slade, Ian Stevenson and Thomas Brown.

Synthetics visuals TOY

TOY shoot visuals for The Fly magazine

I was approached by photographers Tom Oldham and Tom Bunning to help out with their cover shoot for the Sept 2012 edition of The Fly music magazine. They wanted to project visuals onto the psych-rock quintet TOY (Heavenly Recordings) and thought my stuff would be the right kind of aesthetic. After experimenting a bit with different designs it was obvious that geometric symmetry was the right way to go – well, isn’t it always?

Image: Tom Oldham

Villa Nah UK Tour T-Shirts

Villa Nah UK tour t-shirts

Villa Nah asked me to design t-shirts for their UK tour, where they supported the mighty OMD in October/November 2010. Having created and performed a lot of bespoke visuals for Villa Nah’s live shows it made sense to continue this style in print. The tour was a sell out and so were the shirts!

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Aurora #02

Aurora (SR-91 Aurora) is the popular name for a hypothesised United States reconnaissance aircraft, alleged to be capable of flying at speeds exceeding Mach-5.

The Aurora was supposedly developed in the mid-1980s as a replacement for the SR-71 Blackbird.

There is lacking substantial evidence of the existence of this ‘Black Project’ despite speculation and sighting claims from British and US sources.

Auroura01

Aurora #01

Aurora (SR-91 Aurora) is the popular name for a hypothesised United States reconnaissance aircraft, alleged to be capable of flying at speeds exceeding Mach-5.

The Aurora was supposedly developed in the mid-1980s as a replacement for the SR-71 Blackbird.

There is lacking substantial evidence of the existence of this ‘Black Project’ despite speculation and sighting claims from British and US sources.

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Endocrine #01

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.