If you’re a fan of classic British electronic music, make space in your home for a soundwave that screams a shade of disco delight through holographic modes.
When it comes to your favourite music, there’s a couple of ways you can own a keepsake for memorabilia purposes – a vinyl, cassette, poster, album artwork to even a tangible item. Graphic designer Alex Szabo-Haslam has added one more to the list — a visual soundwave that immortalizes all the tracks in an album through a beautiful silkscreen sheen worthy of a centrepiece place holder on the walls in your home. (We think that even the artist themselves would want to cop these.)
The project — titled Waveform — comes in a series of 40 electronic music albums that range from Alex’s personal rolodex of his top dance, synth and rave tracks which include The Prodigy, Massive Attack, Goldie, The Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode, Nightmares On Wax, Aphex Twin and more.
How it started was in 2012, Alex started creating single tracks that showcased the soundwaves as limited edition pieces on Kickstarter. As COVID started to put the world on a halt, the music industry specifically took one of the hardest hits and is still in the slums of it in many parts of the globe. Alex gave the project a new face by showcasing all the tracks of the album with six unique properties to choose from: copper, rainbow, silver, oyster, gold and shimmer. Taking the vertical soundwave of each track, he adjusts it into a circular form and meticulously prints it through a hand-pulled silkscreen process.
The project comes with an underlying benefit; it helps those in the music industry who have struggled through the loss of jobs and supports an ongoing increase of mental health awareness and understanding that stemmed from the pandemic. Alex tied up with a charity called Help Musicians which seeks to help professional musicians of all genres in regards to their health, welfare, creative development and a mental health helpline by donating 50% of the project's profits. According to Help Musicians, they also look to provide support to those who are in all wavelengths of their career — from the ground up till retirement.
Clearly a dance music aficionado himself, Alex takes to his Instagram to give buyers a glimpse into the history of his electronic music journey with each print explained through a nostalgic tale of one that we each have to our names as well. According to Creative Boom, Alex mentions that his love for music and its properties curated the idea, "Especially music made with synths, whether it's the classic Roland gear or custom modular stuff. I'm always discovering new music, there's so much variety."