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Outwards Journeys – The Belbury Circle

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Dec 3rd, 2017. Artwork published in
November 2017
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    Outwards Journeys – The Belbury Circle 1
    Source: https://testtransmissionarchive.blogspot.de License: All Rights Reserved.

    Outward Journeys is the first full length LP by The Belbury Circle, a collaborative project between Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) and Jim Jupp (Belbury Poly), featuring John Foxx on vocals and synth on two tracks. Released by Ghost Box on CD, LP, DL and Cassette.

    Design is by Julian House, and beautifully captures the excitement and homespun aesthetic of early software and computer packaging.

    … in particular, see the logos used by Apple Computers in the late 1970s or Steinberg’s audio software in the mid 1980s. This rendition of Motter Tektura appears to be lighter than the original. Not sure what has happened to the S — maybe an intentionally introduced glitch to emulate the pitfalls of rub-down lettering, and to match the low-fi aesthetic of the photograph? The crude bitmap variant is hilarious. It reminds me of this gem posted by Stephen.

    Outwards Journeys – The Belbury Circle 2
    Source: https://ghostbox.co.uk Ghost Box. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Casette and download card
    Source: https://ghostbox.co.uk Ghost Box. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Casette and download card

    Casette and download card
    Source: https://ghostbox.co.uk Ghost Box. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Inner sleeve with LP

    Casette and download card
    Source: https://ghostbox.co.uk Ghost Box. License: All Rights Reserved.

    CD packaging

    Outwards Journeys – The Belbury Circle 6
    Source: https://www.pictastar.com Alex Tutt. License: All Rights Reserved.

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    • Motter Tektura
    • Clarendon
    • Eurostile

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    2 Comments on “Outwards Journeys – The Belbury Circle”

    1. Robert King says:
      Dec 5th, 2017  4:47 pm

      This is amazing—love it!

    2. Nov 1st, 2019  8:41 pm

      Not sure what has happened to the S

      Now I know: It’s an anonymous 1990s digitization of Motter Tektura. The S with the thin spine is not the only flaw in this amateurish take. Better avoid. It’s a bummer that Motter Fonts (run by the designer’s son Siegmund Motter) haven’t released their official digital version yet.

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