2009年7月21日火曜日

Diane Birch

最近気になるシンガーソングライター、Diane Birch。別にJazzyな曲が好きな訳ではなかったのだけど、最近聞いてる曲はほとんどピアノが入ってる落ち着いた曲ばかり。なんだかそんな気分の時が多いし。ちょっと老けたかな。笑

曲は「Fools」が特に好き。彼女の曲は牧師の娘なことと、南アフリカで住んでたことが影響してか、落ち着いてるけど少し癖があるように思う。気になる人は下のリンクから。あと、上のジャケットのデザインがとても雰囲気があって好き。白黒写真をメインに、小さく文字を組んだだけなんだけど、正解だったと思う。音楽のグラフィックに関しては、特に色数が少ない方が、空気感があって、オレはつい手にとっちゃう。なんか、DRAFT(有名な制作会社)代表の宮田さんが「デザインするな。」とデザイナーに言ってる話を思い出した。元になるものがあるときは、シンプルな解決策が一番な時が多い。苦手だけど。笑

あと、自分の誕生日に、ちょっとお金を出していいイヤホンを買った。やっぱり全然違うね。もう普通のAppleのには戻れそうにありません。とてもいい。ひきこもって作業する準備は万端かな。笑

[Diane Birch Official Web]
[Myspace Music]

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Recently, I'm interested in female singer-songwriter, Diane Birch. She is a daughter of a preacher, grown up both in Zimbabwe, and Australia and now active in Portland, the U.S. I'm not big fan of Jazzy music, but somehow I'm listening piano-based music over and over again, I guess I'm kinda getting old. haha. I especially like the song "Fools", please check it out from links below, if you are interested. And from graphic designer's point of view, I just love that CD jacket design. It's so simple, as you can see, just black & white photograph and small set type, but, because of this simpleness, I can feel certain atmosphere. I especially think, if it's a music graphics, limited colors are better to express the atmosphere of sounds. I usually pick up simple graphic CDs when I went to record store, (even though I'm not good at creating simple graphics..) I remember the story, Mr. Miyata, one of the biggest Japanese design firm's CEO, said to his designers "Don't design". It's sounds so strange, but actually it makes sense. I believe, "not designing" is the best choice for talented things or person, who already have nice quality.

By the way, I purchased a little expensive, nice earphones. As a gift of my own birthday. And really happy about it ;) It's significantly different, so I don't think I can go back to Apple's white ones anymore. Now, I'm ready to be nerdy designer: working, and listening cool songs entire day. (Maybe not so good idea, huh?)


[Diane Birch Official Web]
[Myspace Music]

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