“Red Dead Redemption 2” by Woody Jackson, Daniel Lanois, Various Artists

After months and months working entirely on one single custom covers collection I’m finally done with Red Dead Redemption 2. Like every so often I didn’t plan to do an undertaking this big, but once things kick into gear there’s hardly anyone who’s going to stop me (obviously). But if there’s one single game in the last couple years that deserves this kind of dedication, it’s certainly RDR2. Rockstar Games have had hundreds of people developing this epic tale for seven years and you can see, hear and feel the results of these efforts in every single aspect of the…

“The FIFA Series” by Various Artists

When I thought about working on a video game soundtrack again, I certainly didn’t have in mind EA Sports’ FIFA series. But then again, why not? After all I was and still am spending quite a lot of free time on these titles each year. So here are some alternate soundtrack covers for the last four FIFA games – the only ones I have played on console. I’m well aware that the target audience of these soundtracks is probably using Spotify & Co. and therefore has no need for custom covers. But if you’re an old stager like me, still…

“The Bad Batch” by Various Artists

This little collection has been in on-and-off-development for about a year. My original reason for it was the OMPS subtitle on the original cover (#1) – or more precisely – the chosen font type (“Block Pro Cond“). It was just a thorn in my side, especially next to a delicate logo treatment as the one for The Bad Batch. And so, just out of curiosity, I sat myself down to see what I would come up with. It’s safe to say that this custom covers set has no reason to exist whatsoever. My initial problem with the bulky font choice…

Lost Covers, Vol. 5

This years entry of our ongoing series “Lost Covers” contains a wide array of different works. Like its predecessors, most covers in here showcase all kinds of failures and *whatcangowrongs* in cover design. But there also are little gemstones like my contract work for Gwenaël Mario Grisi, a rising Belgian composer whose overnight(!) composition Through the Clouds definitely was one of the most beautiful tracks I’ve heard in 2017. Also, Gwenaël has his own IMdb page, so he’s officially my new best friend ;) The overall amount of commissioned covers is unusually high this time. Not royality-based though, only voluntary…

“The Intouchables” by Ludovico Einaudi, Various Artists

There’s a whole subgenre of comedy films that address both humor and sadness. Such as In Bruges, Sideways or even Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, if you like. I think those are the most rewarding “funny” films out there. They retain a certain bitterness at heart, thus making the light-hearted moments even brighter. Real-life inspired fairytale The Intouchables, one of France’s biggest film exports of the past few years, was one of those heart-warming and touching comedies. It successfully treaded the fine line between slapstick humor and unadorned hard reality. And I think one of the main reasons it worked so well as a whole…