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Surfer Daze

Posted in art, music, musings/writings/creations by arcanedufresne on March 1, 2010

As promised, my cassette project is slowly coming to fruition. The first tape is 85% done, as all the artwork and case construction is finished. Now the last step is to transfer the playlist I have created onto the actual cassette tape and then…Enjoy.

The first step was to use an insert from an old cassette and measure it out so that when I started drawing my insert art, it would fold up and fit nicely in the comfort of the case. Here is the insert, prior to folding, which I drew on engineering paper (thanks AM), and then glued onto some thicker cardstock to make it more durable. I then covered the insert with a layer of packing tape to act as a protective laminate.

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Due to my workspace constraints and lighting, the playlist on this may be a little hard to read, but I tried to display it here. For those of you who can’t make out the songs, which is probably everyone, the playlist is as follows:

    Side 1

Jan & Dean – Surf City
Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – Surf Beat
The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
The Trashmen – Walk, Don’t Run
The Vivian Girls – He’s Gone
Surfer Blood – Neighbour Riffs
The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations

    Side 2

Dum Dum Girls – Jail La La
Jerry Cole & His Spacemen – Point Panic
Wavves – To the Dregs
Rhythm Rockers – Moondawg
Best Coast – Sun Was High (So Was I)
The Revels – Comanche
Girls – Lust for Life
The Sandals – Theme from “Endless Summer”

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Here is the insert neatly nestled into it’s casing and the front of the finished project.

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The spine with my fictitious record label imprint seen as the K&Q with the crown on top, standing for King & Queen Records. Also, you can see a unique “serial number” which I hope to keep going in a sequential order for future copies from the mixtape project.

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The back cover with a view of the track listing.
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I found a blank tape at Goodwill still in it’s plastic wrap, and inside were the blank labels as well. I tagged it up with the Surfer Daze “logo” I had created and made sure to YES in the N.R. box.

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Lastly, the two side-by-side as I revel for a moment before I start work on the next in the series, “Crazy Mountain Ranch”. Check back for progress on the western front.

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  1. AM said, on March 1, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    You are most welcome, dear. I love the finished product–bleeding ink and all. I think it adds to the overall effect.

    • arcanedufresne said, on March 1, 2010 at 11:25 PM

      I begrudgingly love the bleeding ink because I know it looks better but it makes me so upset with myself.

  2. mook said, on March 2, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    looks like blood in the water

    • arcanedufresne said, on March 2, 2010 at 12:02 PM

      I like the sound of that.


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