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Alternative Music!! A Map!! Electronic II

dorothy-0113-alternative-love-72dpi-master-highThe “Alternative Love Blueprint” charts the history of counter-culture rock music, from punk to krautrock to garage rock revival.

IT STARTED with The Sex Pistols’ June 4, 1976 show at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. The concert now ranks as one of the most influential performances of all time, up there with Woodstock. But the audience, not the band, made the show famous. Around 30 or 40 people showed up (although thousands would later claim to have attended), and rumor has it that crowd included the guys who would go on to start bands like The Smiths, Joy Division.

Rumors are enough for the designers at Dorothy, a studio that just released a data-viz poster called “Alternative Love Blueprint—A History of Alternative Music.” The poster, like punk rock, begins with The Pistols. A charted history of counter-culture rock music spills out from there, though not in any kind of linear, board game kind of way. “Taking that gig as a starting point, I tried to map out the bands who influenced each other in some way up to that point, from the early proto-punk and garage rockers, through CBGB’s era of punk,” says James Quail, the designer. “Then I mapped out where those scenes led through punk, post-punk, 2 tone & ska, hardcore, Riot Grrrl, Grunge, and so on.”

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To organize these complex connections, Quail based the poster on a circuit board from a transistor radio. (Dorothy’s last music-mapping print, of electronic music, used the circuit board from a theremin as the template.) For the new print, Quail picked the The Regency TR-1—the first commercially available Transistor Radio—for symbolic reasons: it came out in 1954, the year Bill Haley & His Comets recorded “Rock around the Clock”.

Like a Spotify Weekly playlist manifested into poster form and frozen in time, the “Alternative Love Blueprint” uses musical connections to identify listening recommendations. “If you like one band you might like this other band because they hang out in the same scene, or share some band members, or they influenced each other,” Quail says. Those in between bands—the ones printed in tiny typeface, sandwiched between legends like The Clash and Television—are delightfully easy to find here.

music-is-my-religionAlternative Love Blueprint – A History of Alternative Music
Metallic gold screen print on 120gsm Keaykolour Navy Blue uncoated paper
H60 x W80cm. Screen printed metallic gold onto a dark blue uncoated stock.

A history of alternative and independent music mapped out to the circuit board of an early transistor radio. Our Alternative Love Blueprint celebrates over 300 musicians, artists, managers and producers who (in our opinion) have been pivotal to the evolution of the alternative and independent music scene from Bill Hayley & His Comets whose 1950’s Rock Around the Clock became the first ever anthem for a rebellious youth to the DIY ethic of present day bands like Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead.

The print weaves it way through many musical sub-genres and counter-cultures including early underground and experimental rock (The Velvet Underground), proto-punk (MC5, The Stooges), New York and CBGB’s Punk (Ramones, Patti Smith) UK Punk (Sex Pistols, The Clash) 2 Tone & Ska (The Specials) Krautrock (Kraftwerk, Can, Neu!) Hardcore (Black Flag, Hüsker Dü), Riot Grrrl (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney), Post Punk and Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall fall-out (Joy Division, Buzzcocks, The Fall), Grunge (Nirvana, Pixies), Alternative (The Smiths, R.E.M) Madchester (The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays) and Garage Rock Revival (The White Stripes, The Strokes). The print also salutes creative catalysts such as Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood and innovating record labels including Stiff, Rough Trade and Postcard.

https://www.wearedorothy.com/shop/alternative-love-blueprint-a-history-of-alternative-music

dorothy-104-electric-love_b-webElectric Love Blueprint – A History of Electronic Music
Metallic silver screen print on 120gsm Keaykolour Royal Blue uncoated paper
H60 x W80cm. Screen printed metallic gold onto a dark blue uncoated stock.

A history of electronic music mapped out to the circuit board of a theremin, which is widely regarded as one of the first electronic musical instruments. Our Electric Love Blueprint celebrates over 200 inventors, innovators, artists, composers and musicians who (in our opinion) have been pivotal to the evolution of electronic music from the invention of the earliest known sound recording device in 1857 to the present day. Key pioneers featured include Léon Theremin, Bob Moog, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk and Aphex Twin.

The print loosely groups genres, from the obscure Musique Concrète (Pierre Schaeffer) to the better known Krautrock (Kraftwerk, Can, Tangerine Dream, Neu!, Faust, Cluster, Harmonia and Amon Düül II) Synthpop (Gary Numan, Human League, Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Pet Shop Boys) and Electronica (New Order, The Prodigy, Massive Attack, LCD Sound System and Daft Punk). There are also references to the experimental BBC Radiophonic Workshop and our favourite innovating record labels Mute and Warp.

http://www.wearedorothy.com/shop/electric-love-blueprint-original-open-edition

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