SCI-FI/HI-FI

Sean O'Reilly
1994

Master Media
Type Record Covers
Title SCI-FI/HI-FI
Measurements.Dimensions 7" x 7"
Measurements.Format Single
Materials.Medium Toner
Materials.Support Photocopier paper
Techniques Photocopying
Limited edition of 500 copies made photocopying a viable alternative to the more expensive offset printing process. Photocopied covers were very common in independent record release designs throughout the eighties and nineties until the arrival of cheap color copying and computer inkjet printers.
Creator.Personal name Sean O'Reilly
Role Designer
O'Reilly also played in the band.
Creator.Corporate name Sferic Experiment
Role Author
Creator.Corporate name Drunken Fish
Role Record Label
Date.Creation 1994
Date.Release 1994
Only a few copies were released in New Zealand as part of the bands method of royalty payment.
Location.Current Repository NZDA Collection
Phototransparency
ID Number.Record Label Catalogue Number Drunken Fish 008
Drunken Fish is a small independent Los Angeles, USA record label.
ID Number.NZDA Number nzgda_rc_i_0186_f, nzgda_rc_i_0186_b
Culture New Zealand
Subject Topography, spaceman
Description A ballpoint pen drawing has been made on top of an upside down, enlarged and photocopied topographic contour map of land or ocean. It is folded to constitute both front and back cover of the single. This is packaged in a 7" ziplock resealable plastic bag. The figure on the cover is a parody of the early Sci-Fi novellas of the 1930's - 1950's which often depicted a robotic spaceman equippped with rays of sound or light coming from the helmet.The typography is hand lettered using repeated strokes of a thin-nibbed ballpoint pen to create a scratched effect.It is interesting to note that the cover has been photocopied and the continuation wraps half way around the back. This is made possible by using the original US paper sizes. [DM 02.2001]
Source David Merritt
Researcher, image analysis. 02.2001.
Typography Hand lettering
Font Hand
Style Sans Serif
Size 48pt
Futuristic and drawn from book and magazine cover design from the 1950's