Valgeir Sigurđsson — Architecture of Loss

We designed artwork for a release by groundbreaking Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurdsson — founder of the Bedroom Community record label & Iceland's top recording facility Greenhouse Studios. The record also features contributions by New York-based composer Nico Muhly. Sigurdsson, Nadia Sirota and Shahzad Ismaily perform the score live.

The album title puzzled us: how can we interpret such an abstract idea visually? After some sketching we came up with a solution to represent Architecture of Loss literally. We encoded the audio tracks to mp3 format in lowest possible quality. Then we extracted & manipulated the data to create ascii illustrations & related typography. We deliberately destroyed the audio files architecture as a manifestation of the elusive and complex title of the score.

The album came out in CD, Vinyl and digtal formats, the latter features a digital booklet with illustrations representing every track.