Rock Meets Academia in International Concept Album Art Competition
Atlantis Found Publishing Inc. announces the launch of "WORDS WITHOUT VOICES" Online Album Art Competition. The contest seeks digital visual artwork submissions to illustrate the titles of 25 Songbook Jackets and 125 Album covers by lyricist James Thomas Fielding.
The contest is limited to the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The public will select the winners by voting online at the contest website. Final deadline for the competition is August 31, 2007.
The juried art competition, which seeks to establish a new multimedia artform based on rock "Concept Albums," offers $6,000 in CASH PRIZES to be awarded to three finalists in two categories: Best Songbook Jacket and Best Album Jacket.
The "WORDS WITHOUT VOICES" series combines Art, Music, Language, and Internet Technology, and will be aimed toward the youth market, especially college art instructors and students who study Advertising, Visual Arts, English, Graphic Design, Multimedia, Music and Web Design.
Fielding says "WORDS WITHOUT VOICES" is not so much an attempt to resurrect the concept album as to preserve and explore its possibilities as a viable artform.
"The release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper'sLonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 should have signaled the beginning of a new era in album composition," says Fielding, "instead it was a rare high point in a field more interested in making money than exploring art. In the 40 years since Sgt. Pepper's release, modern rock has been limited enormously by formula formats and commercialism. Staples of yesteryear such as concept albums and rock operas, like The Who's Tommy, Hair, and Jesus Christ Superstar, are rare today."
According to Fielding, Green Day's American Idiot is a good recent example of the "concept album," even though it wasn't marketed as such.
Fielding is seeking artwork to illustrate his Songbook and Album covers, which range from country, gospel, and progressive rock to death metal.
While the contest is open to "anyone who is creative," state contest restrictions apply. Entry fees are $10 for one entry in one category, $15 to enter both, and $5 apiece for each subsequent submission. All entries will be displayed in the GALLERY OF THE MIND'S EYE at www.WordsWithoutVoices.com
J.T. Fielding is a conceptual artist, freelance writer, rock critic, lyricist, singer, songwriter and musician. He has produced over 500 musical compositions and 5,000 song titles in a 35-year career.