Rhythm Science
Rhythm Science
Rhythm Science
Rhythm Science
Rhythm Science
Rhythm Science
Rhythm Science

Rhythm Science

COMA, Amsterdam, New York, 2004

Description

Paul D. Miller's writing covers the creation of art from the flow of patterns in culture. He takes as his model the DJ, who hijacks the images, sounds and technologies that bombard us daily and makes them his own. Sampling autobiography and theory, Spooky demonstrates how conceptual art, popular culture and idealism can activate one another in this era of multiplex consciousness. Our approach to this book was to work with the images, ideas, and music that Paul gave us and to deliver something as much us as him, as much assembled as brand new, a translation of his thoughts, images and rhythms into our medium. Our work is based on the clear presentation of concepts through design; all of our decisions come from the content before us. The look of the thing you're holding is derived from the requirements of the book series and Paul's own needs. As Paul has an A side and a B side on his 12-inch records and in this book, so the paper the book's printed on is two-sided: rough and slick, each containing its own pleasures. We had to hold a CD (our own C side to the book), but we didn't want to hide it. So we decided to both emphasize it physically and deploy it as a conceptual tool. The button used to hold the disc appears as a hole in the cover and then through the entire book-an uninterrupted depth in the middle of an otherwise solid object. It is embedded in that ever-shifting circular form, which revolves as you read, perhaps as a mute soundtrack or simply foreshadowing the one soon to play out loud.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2004
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
COMA
Art director
COMA
Designers
Cornelia Blatter, Marcel Hermans
Jacket designer
COMA
Illustrators
Paul D. Miller, COMA
Production director
COMA
Production coordinator
COMA
Picture editor
COMA
Author
Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid)
Editor
Peter Lunenfeld
Publisher
MIT Press
Trim size
6 x 9 inches
Pages
136 plus audio CD
Compositor
COMA
Typefaces
Akzidenz Grotesk, Cooper
Printer
Robstolk, the Netherlands
Jacket printer
Robstolk, the Netherlands
Papers
Inside-Proost & Brandt Prolitho 70 gr., Cover-ArjoWiggins Curious Touch 300 gr.
Binder
Binderij Hexspoor, the Netherlands
Binding method
Otastar, sewn
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