A Tribute to ECM · Part 1

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Self-Initiated Project
Photography, Graphic Design & Illustration
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Manfred Eicher's ECM Records has always been a reference in the fascinating universe of album cover design. His vision and sense of artistic freedom gave wings to designers and photographers to create amazing covers.

This is my tribute to him and his search for perfection, to his record label and to its artists; and it’s also a “what if” self-initiated exercise where I had the opportunity to meditate on how I would design these covers if I was asked to.

I investigated ECM’s universe and its covers and chose only the ones that had simple typographic work on a neutral background.

This idea and personal challenge came to me while I was listening to my favourite Arvo Pärt’s composition: “Für Alina”, so it seemed natural to start this tribute by this ECM’s essential release.

"Für Alina was dedicated to a family friend's eighteen-year-old daughter who had just gone to study in London. Its introspection calls to mind a vivid image of youth, off to explore the world."

“Calm, exalted, listening to one’s inner self.”

Here you can listen to a sample of Arvo Pärt’s “Für Alina” (Cd 1, Track 2):
ECM Records

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