A Vis­ual Doc­u­ment From 1978 To­mor­row


From Mute founder Daniel

Miller’s in­tro­duc­tion alone, one can see the need for this book as he name­drops early artists like Sonic Youth, Di­nosaur Jr.,

Richie Hawtin and Can. From there, the reader is taken through a num­ber of eras, shin­ing a light on how elec­tronic mu­sic, and par­tic­u­larly be­ing able to record at home, picked up the ba­ton af­ter the punk scene be­gan to slow down in the early ’80s. From the early days of Depeche Mode’s slow rise in fame, to later re­leases from Moby and Gold­frapp, Mute: A Vis­ual Doc­u­ment From 1978 To­mor­row does an ex­cel­lent job of telling this story, with some great in­sights from its artists and Miller him­self. At the end of the day though, this is a vis­ual doc­u­ment, and the art­work, from mere sketches to the fin­ished prod­uct, is a marvel.

While al­bum art is ob­vi­ously a huge part of the book, it’s also lit­tered with pho­tos of the la­bel’s mu­si­cians through­out the years. It could be the black-and-white film or maybe just the era it­self, but ev­ery­one from Mute’s early years just looks cool as fuck. Ul­ti­mately, what makes this ret­ro­spec­tive a suc­cess is that it makes you want to ex­plore or re-lis­ten to ev­ery record men­tioned. It’s never a bad idea to re­play Arca’s Xen and Con­sumed by Plastik­man, so thanks for the re­minder, Mute. (Thames & Hud­son)

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