Broke Chords Can Sing A Little

February 2007 • filed under: ,
A Silver Mt. Zion, Broken Chords Can Sing a Little

Broken Chords Can Sing A Little

As one of my final projects for my design class, we were given the assignment of visually representing a song by creating a 12″x18″ poster. So, being a lover of music, I had multiple songs I wanted to visually interpret. Broken Chords Can Sing a Little by A Silver Mt. Zion was one of those songs. I didn’t hand this image in, but I did end up using it for a typography project.

The unique thing about this piece is that the song doesn’t actually have any lyrics. If you’ve never heard of the band, they are instrumental. In the middle of this song, however, there are subtle clips of a man preaching about the end of the world. So, I listened carefully and wrote down everything I could understand.

My idea was to create texture and depth from typography, so once I laid out the speech (or what I heard of it), I went back through and picked out some keywords. Words I felt had significance given the mood of the song and emotions of the preacher. I continued this trend, resizing words and phrases, and changing opacity levels till I felt the depth I wanted.

I took a picture of a guitar string and edited that to bring some focus back on the music and title, then began “grunging” up the speech text because of its poor audibility and choppiness within the track. Finally, I warped and faded some of the text around the guitar string to balance things better and add a cloth-like element to the background.