The custom vinyl edition of From Inside (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will be released on January 13 and is now available for pre-order. The vinyl jacket is a collectible work of art designed and illustrated by the film’s director, John Bergin.
Pre-order Here: From Inside (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Vinyl
We asked John Bergin a few questions about his design.
Do you like designing for vinyl?
It’s nice to see vinyl having a resurgence. Beyond the unique audio qualities of vinyl, I’m really enjoying the custom artwork everyone is doing — Mondo and Invada, for example. Anything that brings illustration and design to the fore in lieu of overly-photoshopped images is great to see. The huge 12” x 12” canvas of a record jacket just begs for something special and unique — not to mention the inclusion of inserts, posters, and special treatments like foil stamps and die-cuts. The renewed interest in vinyl is bringing back the idea that music packaging should be something special — that music’s physical form is something worth discovering and collecting.
Tell us about the package.
From Inside is a double LP. The jacket is printed with spot colors; a special “double-shot” process. There is also a two-sided full-color insert with exclusive artwork and liner notes.
Please explain “double shot.”
With offset printing, four colors of ink — cyan, magenta, yellow, and black — are combined to make every color. Some colors are hard to match or look dull using this process. Spot colors are different. Instead of mixing four colors to make a new color, single colors of ink are printed one-at-time, kind of like silkscreening. The From Inside cover has two spot colors: red and black. The red areas are printed twice. So the jacket, in a sense, goes through the press once for the red plate, then it goes through a second time printing the red again (a “double shot”). This makes the red thick and vibrant. Vibrant reds are difficult to create with four-color printing. I wanted the red to look special since there’s a bit of a story behind my choice of the color.
Is it something to do with your concept for the illustration?
Yes. I’ve always loved the way Gary’s album Telekon turned the simple design element of two red stripes into such an overarching concept — an icon. Those two horizontal and vertical stripes became instantly recognizable and connected to Gary [Numan] — echoed, even, in his uniform and live shows of the time. The From Inside cover is the same color scheme as Telekon: red and black. The two lines of dripping blood are meant to recall the stripes of Telekon. So, I wanted the red to be very eye-catching.
I am also paying homage to Tubeway Army. The cover of the “That’s Too Bad” 1978 vinyl is a two-color illustration (red and black again) of a train coming toward the viewer.
One final reference in my design is a nod to my favorite post-apocalypse film, Road Warrior. I am playing off the composition of that movie poster: the truck barreling toward the viewer; city in the distance.
Are you working on other vinyl albums?
Yes. Quite a few planned for 2015. Stay tuned…
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