Denise Burt

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    CD DESIGN FOR “DEATH SPEAKS”, CANTALOUPE RECORDS

    “Droplets of guitar and piano are bathed in swaths of melancholy violin sustains, wrapping enchanting lines … death speaks is well worth multiple rotations. Special mention is due art director Denise Burt (Elevator Design) for the year’s most arresting and memorable album cover.”
    – Time Out Chicago, December 2013 (Best of 2013: The top 10 classical and new-music albums of the year)

     

     

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    DESIGN FOR DACAPO RECORDS

    “Dacapo… the boutique Copenhagen-based label, known for manufacturing products of distinct physical as well as musical beauty.”
    Grammophone, 10.06.11

     

     

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    DESIGN FOR “SONGS FROM EVENING LAND” – HELENE GJERRIS SINGS PER NØRGÅRD

    “The sonic river of Per Nørgård’s music. Flowing through symphony, flowing through song, and flowing now in four buckling tributaries down the back of singer Helene Gjerris. The cover artwork was a surprise, and yet not a surprise: the rare appearance on a Dacapo sleeve of a photographed human form, yet still the stamp of the label’s exquisite ‘look’ – its economy of colour and tone, its integration of text, and most of all its uncanny two-dimensional echoing of the music frozen inside the plastic box.”

    Gramophone Reviews Editor Andrew Mellor on the making of this CD cover for his blog Moose Report. Read the rest of the article here.

     

     

    DESIGN FOR MICHEAL GORDON’S TIMBER

    “Music collectors are suckers for creative album packaging, and with Timber, composer Michael Gordon has a winner. It comes entombed in medium-density fiberboard, laser-etched with a starburst of 3-D planks. Thankfully, the Bang on a Can cofounder’s latest is as musically compelling as its mantel-ready wooden case.”
    Time Out Chicago, August 10, 2011


    Collectors will be interested to know that physical copies of Timber – as opposed to the download versions – are packaged in very smartly designed, special wooden boxes made out of inch-thick, medium-density fibreboard – a very cool and appropriate presentation.
    Classics Today, August, 2011


    “And then there’s the packaging (by the Cantaloupe label) for Michael Gordon’s new work Timber. The music is nothing more than six guys pounding on two-by-fours (it sounds surprisingly sublime), and the CD comes in a stunning wooden box. Hats off to the small labels who continue to keep music vibrantly alive.”
    NPR, July 23, 2011


    “Not only is this release musically pleasing, it’s easily one of the coolest packaging designs for a CD we’ve seen in a while. Instead of a jewel case, the CD and liner notes are packed in a wooden box -that weighs about a pound! Seeing performance details carved into the side of a wooden box is much for aesthetically pleasing and, I’d imagine, environmentally friendly, than plastic tray inserts.”
    The Signal to Noise Blog, August 11, 2011

     

     


     

    DESIGN FOR JEXPER HOLMEN’S OORT CLOUD

    As you may have noticed, it has no title and artist names on the front and contains no liner notes. In fact, instead of being an informative book, the cover is a piece of conceptual art, that unfolds chaotic principles related to those of the music. It is almost music itself.”
    Jexper Holmen, interviewed by Collin Rae, for Mutations, Naxos of America’s blog

     

    Interview about the design for this CD on Danish Radio (the interviewer speaks Danish but I speak English).
    Hear the interview on DR’s P2

     

     

     

    DESIGN FOR “THE NATURAL WORLD OF PELLE GUMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN”

    “This is one of those rare discs, where, from the very start of the process, with the composer sitting down with pen in hand to the design and finish of the end product, the guiding principle has been one of perfection. It leaves me slack-jawed with admiration.”
    International Record Review, March, 2011