Denise Burt

Graphic arts and design for music / Insta: deniseburt / Twitter: @DanishDenise

CD: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen – Mixed Company

London Sinfonietta; Theatre of Voices; Paul Hillier, conductor

Released on Dacapo Records, 2014

Images: Photograph Denise Burt, reworked digitally


Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s Mixed Company, is vocal and instrumental music. The songs on this release are based on lutenist and composer John Dowland’s famous Lacrimae (1596) – or Flow my tears as Dowland’s song based on Lacrimae is known. Pelle gives his works straightforward names such as Run, Play and Turn.

Pelle wanted us to consciously turn away from the themes in the music, and not to attempt to tell any story about it in the graphic design. He wanted a photo – as neutral and everyday as possible. I found an image that we both liked, of my old attic door, I worked in a little absurdity by retouching the type on the labels.