In an interview with Stanley Donwood, published by ThisIsLondon.co.uk, he comments on the £40 price tag on the Discbox version of Radiohead’s new album ‘In Rainbows’, which features a download, two CD’s and two 12-inch vinyl records and a lyrics book full of new artwork by Stanley Donwood.
If the download could be a steal, this is a serious financial commitment. Is it worth it?
Stanley Donwood: “It depends how rich you are! If you’re on the dole, of course it’s a hell of a lot of money. But it costs about that much to go to a Premier League football match, and this project has taken an incredible amount of work. It’s been a long journey over 10 months, with the artwork evolving as the music has evolved. And it weighs about half a kilo.”
For In Rainbows he’s been trying a photographic etching technique, putting prints into acid baths with random results. He keeps the finer details close to his chest, and the band refuse to show off the box properly until the release date, but a small picture at www.inrainbows.com shows multicoloured, blocky text contrasting with scratchy grey abstractions. “The finished product is quite a lush thing. It’s the most over-the-top project I’ve done with them.”
He studied Fine Art with Yorke at Exeter, and admits that the friends share a similar bleak worldview. “We shout at the same bits of the news.”
[thx Richard & Nithan]