Designers.MX is a site featuring playlists and custom album covers by a select group of designers. I was recently given the opportunity to create a mix that I call Rhythms + Melodies. I first discovered the Norwegian group Jaga Jazzist through another playlist on the site and I knew I definitely wanted to include their tune Day. The unique melody over-top the sweet drum beats inspired me to choose the rest of the playlist based on the idea of fast-paced rhythms and distinct melodies. So I went through some of my favorite artists, which include a lot of contemporary jazz and progressive rock, and grouped each genre together in the first half and second half of the playlist, ending each section with slightly more mellow tunes from Royksopp and Pat Metheny.
The cover design is a visual representation of the selected songs, using dots to denote the actual rhythms underneath lines that represent the long overtones in the songs. I hope you enjoy it! Check it out at Designer.MX.
- Shpongle – Nothing is Something Worth Doing
- Jaga Jazzist – Day
- Russ Miller and Akira Jimbo – Rhythmic Conversation
- Pat Metheny Group – We Live Here
- Royksopp – In Space
- Liquid Tension Experiment – Biaxident
- Rush – YYZ
- Dream Theater – Overture 1928
- Avenged Sevenfold – Lost
- Pat Metheny Group – Last Train Home
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