Thursday, June 7, 2007

New KMFDM cover





I recently submitted my final draft for the recently-released KMFDM album 'Tohuvabohu'. However, when I saw the print version, the background was entirely different to my version. When I asked why it had been changed, I was informed by KMFDM that it had been 'remixed'. I'm not a big fan of music and know even less of its workings but don't artists usually have a say in how their music is remixed? It's like discovering the babysitter has tattooed a rude name on your kid's head.

Anyway, see which one you think rules and which one sucks.

26 comments:

BogArt said...

I guess this is the ultimate problem for commercial artists. Clients. As a band and 'artists' in their own right, they should never have fucked with your artwork like this. Now it seems in house KMFDM artwork is as bad as their music.

rakem 'rak' rakem said...

Do they have any idea how long it took to build those fucking cranes?

King ink said...

The one with the red background is awesome! The other one...not as good...

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Evan said...

Personally I think that the first version looked AWESOME on it's own. As a KMFDM album cover? Not so much. The background doesn't really fit into what people think a KMFDM album is, and in my opinion they've used red for far too long.

Sven said...

I just hope you'll keep making artwork for KMFDM. I love your work, and I love KMFDM. I'd hate to see you guys "break up".

A fan.

exiter said...

love the first one :)

hEADcRASH said...

Ooofda .. this is a tough one. When KMFDM commissions you for a cover, I imagine that they "own" the rights to the work, am I correct? That being said, altering the work without even letting you know about it (let alone doing the actual alteration) is just bad juju. This sounds like a "well, technically they are allowed to..." situation. Regardless, your artwork fucking rawks, and I would hate to see a rift between two amazing artists that have worked so beautifully together in the past!

Corroded Existence said...

KMFDM is all about change...don't let it get you down or make you angry they changed some stuff. You are obviously an influence in their art as you are in theirs. Which ever came first,whatever. It goes hand in hand. Everybody associates BRUTE! with KMFDM and vice versa. You are a fucking brilliant artist and Sascha is a fucking brilliant artist. Let it go. No matter how anything "differs" I am still saving to buy your original prints for my house. You have made fans just from them. Also, remember.....as long as KMFDM is around, you have extra income.

BTW: Most people DON'T have a say in remixes. If they release the tracks/music to be remixed, they get what someone else thinks is cool.

Corroded Existence said...

i forgot add about the BTW part...........it still pays homage to the original creator.

Adam said...
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Adam said...

I agree with many others. The original is a great work of art. Though I don't feel it would have fit well as an album cover as it was. The KMFDM revision does look nice on the album. I don't condone what they've done, but I'm sure over the many years you guys have been working together this hasn't happened much. I love Brute! and I love KMFDM, and I hope that this doesn't hurt the relationship.

And I wouldn't let "opinions" such as bogart's be any sort of deciding factor.

Kapt'n K said...

to shed some light here:

a) the "remixed" version that is posted here is not the final version as you can easily see if you compare it to the cover of TOHUVABOHU.

b) i sent this version for approval and was told it was "too green". i changed the green and used it.

c) not sure what this has to do with remixing, i simply pointed out that the background, though nice as a piece of art, didn't "pop" enough to be a record cover.

d) since i paid for 2 pieces i needed to make sure that at least one of them could actually be used.

e) beats me why this has ever become a public discussion.

RAW said...

How fucking sad the world is that egos get put out of place by a couple of blog posts. Fucking pathetic, really it is. I think more people in the world should know as much as they can about commercial art and the design process. Artists are always getting fucked over and held to ransom by clients who 9 times out of ten will rip them off one way or another.

To get all pissy and spit the dummy out over a few fans comments is also rather prudish. AGh well, that's Hardcore Middle aged German industrialists for you.

Blog stalking is not cool Capt'K and you've gone well over the top about this. Creativity is a two way dialouge. You can't go changing an artists work without consent or consulting. Its like someone remixing one of your tracks without your permision and then getting it to number one in the charts. Not that its likely these days KMFDM could even make the top 100 but it makes the point.

You've fucked up and now have to decide which way to turn. It seems you've turned the way of the dummy spitter.

Stephen said...

I think both are great. However, I agree with Sascha that the one they used works better as album artwork.

raw: I hardly think Sascha is blog-stalking. The guy's defending himself.

gushervonmusher said...

Although I think the original version is great, it doesnt really work as an album cover. If one looks at all the KMFDM album art and compares the pieces to the original Tohuvabohu cover, you'll see what I mean.

Adam said...

I gave Sascha the link to this blog, so that he could show his side, as he did cleanly and politely. I agree with Stephen, he is simply defending himself and stating his side. That is all.

I think the consensus here so far is that, while it is a great work of art and the work of art is still shown in much of its glory on the album, the original just simply didn't fit well as an album cover. I hope that relations between you two continue, as you are both great at what you do.

And as Sascha pointed out, the image above is not the final version used on the album (I hadn't noticed that myself until he pointed it out).

I think raw is the one getting rather "pissy" here, as he put it. I saw no evidence of Sasha being "pissy" over other comments. I think raw just read Sascha's comment in the wrong tone.

Josh said...

I think the first one is great, and I'd gladly buy it as a print, but the second one just seems to fit better.

I hope you continue to work with the Band, Mr. Brute, we all love you're album covers.

William said...

Both look great, one as a cover the other a piece of art.

LoganJ said...

I find it odd that Aiden would have a problem with this since he been in this biz for a very long time.
I have been Illustrator/Graphic Designer for about 15 years now and not one finished project with clients is my original finished piece. Either they come back to me to retouch, change, or completely redo the project to the client's liking. If Im not around or busy with other's projects they get someone else.
I know how it feels to spend alot of time and hard work on something you created and feel its perfect only to have the client say its not exactly what they want.
The commercial art world doesnt have as much freedoms as the fine art world has as fine art is usually (not always) a personal experience and feelings through the artist and commercial art is one or a team of artists making a product or ad to sell a product to the masses.
Unfortunatly, when your paid the money the art work is thiers, you lose alot/or all of the control of what they do after with the project. As long as you have the original or a copy of the version you completely did, you can show it off and keep in portfolio.

I have been a big fan of Aiden's charactor designing and the prop-art style but not his backgrounds so the all red flat bland bg is just making my eyes hurt, again though, its his original so he can love the red bg all he wants.

The "remixed" one kills the nice detailing of the miltary/ninja guy especially the light reflection on his mask that is gone! for shame! But oh well, Sascha bought it so if he wants to retouch it using a pink, purple and green theme and put devil horns on the ninja guy and more obscene changes to the woman thats his choice.

I dont believe this is an ego problem just a miscommunication
about verbal contract between artist and client.

Im just alittle confused why Aiden is so shocked about the "remix", It happens all the time in the business!

Sparta said...

I prefer your version. I hope this doesn't lead to a split up between you and the band, your artwork is the best!

.self.pity. said...

well i have to say the star burst works better from a design standpoint because it centers it. More focus. But i dont like how they made it multi colored. The old school covers are all black, white and one other color. This bugs me the most.

They should have come to you first though and asked you to fix the things they didnt like.

.self.pity. said...

okay, i'm retarded. maybe they arnt always the same amount of colors, but about the focus is still true.

Black Arthur said...

The buildings look a little over-simplified and phoned-in, really unworthy of holding those spectacular cranes. I like the original color scheme, but the starbursty background gives the action of the image more intensity and puts the scene in the moment, whereas the rather placid and sparsely-rendered original background only offers an ultimately trivial locale for the figures' encounter. The starbursty background is pretty sloppy, though.

Ditching the FUBAR INDUSTRIES thing was truly a mercy killing; the only people that actually use that term these days are black-denim-wearing dirt rockers whose high point in life revolves around the next bong-load and some domestic beer.

BRUTE! said...

Actually, the FUBAR 'buildings' are crates and therefore not designed structurally to hold cranes.
And those black-denim-wearing dirt rockers you mention are my bread and butter, dude!

MONITOR613 said...

not to be contrary - but i find both renditions lacking much originality from what we are accustomed to seeing on their albums. how many times do i have to see some chick on the cover being either helpless or a killer?

do they ask for that each albuM? if so i'll shut the hell up right now.

and as long as i'm talking to you i would like to say your artwerk comprises some of the most fantastic imagery i've ever seen. i really really want to play that video game you helped design. ¶ Don't Blow Your Top is by far my favorite cover. i would like to see more abstract art submitted to future collaborations .

xonevir said...

guy, i respect the shit out of you, and i love your work, but the red background almost drowns out the foreground, not only that, it just doesn't look like the rest of the kmfdm covers. the orange starburst version fits better as far as overall cover continuity (and my ocd over it... i still wish you had done Nihils cover, it looks so out of place) is concerned.
I love your version, and i'd like to see it maybe as a full size poster (with the neon red toned down a bit, maybe?)

but changing it without mentioning it is kinda dick...