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Outside Material: The cover art of Preservation Music

$50.00 AUD

The first 100 books sold online ship with a FREE CD from the Preservation back catalogue.

Evocative design that explores our personal relationship with music.

In 2001 friends Andrew Khedoori and Mark Gowing founded an independent record label with a singular aim: to provide like-minded listeners with good music and congruous design. Inevitably, Preservation Music’s groundbreaking packaging and cover art became essential to the label’s evolution, the course of which you can now trace in Outside Material.

As the work of multi-award-winning designer Mark Gowing, the Preservation artwork reflects his commitment to experimentation in typography, photography and graphic abstraction, all with an eye to effective communication. Whatever its printed design, every CD cover employs folded paper as package, offering the listener, or user, an intimate and tactile experience. Consequently, Outside Material’s image-drenched pages present music as something more than sound – these creations are material objects to see, hold and cherish.

Featuring an illuminating essay by music and arts writer Dan Rule, this lavishly produced volume showcases nine years’ worth of thoughtful, music-inspired design. Printed on superior-grade paper, Outside Material presents actual-size reproductions of the label’s most distinctive CD covers alongside macro and micro details that further represent the intriguing artwork. An illustrated catalogue of Preservation releases completes the publication.

Hardcover
240 Pages
165 × 240 mm
Edition: 500
Essay: Dan Rule
Design: Mark Gowing at Formist Studio
Photgraphy: Jacob Ring
Typeset in Formist Kapitol (coming 2018)
ISBN: 978-0-9875268-2-3
2017 FE009

See also: Book and Poster Bundle and the Preservation Poster Set