The waiting is over. All may now see. Behold, the official album artwork for Adrian D. Holmes's The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited.
For almost a year now, we have used a dummy cover to serve as the face of this project—and for a brief while, we were intending the dummy to be the official cover. As the project progressed, however, Adrian and the team felt that a different piece of artwork was necessary to properly represent his upcoming album.
Visual arts drive the media and entertainment world each day. Although an album may seem like a strictly auditory work, the experience for listeners is more than just listening. A visual aesthetic is key to a well-rounded musical experience. That's why we're proud to unveil a far more sophisticated design that we feel more appropriately embodies the quality of music which has been written over the course of the past year.
We sought to create artwork that was unique, unparalleled by any other artwork created for previous productions of The Pirates.
Much of the artwork associated with past major productions has been designed around the use of the actual actors in the art. Obviously since Holmes's upcoming album is strictly an orchestral work, actors could not be employed for our design.
We also wished to remove the focus from simply pirates by placing it more squarely on the exploratory nature of the life on the open water. Much like Adrian embarked on an exploration of new musical styles in his re-arrangement of Gilbert & Sullivan's classic score, the artwork aimed to demonstrate a departure from the traditional by embracing the new, the inventive, and the creative. Even after 137 years, The Pirates of Penzance is still as fresh as ever. With this new artwork now unveiled, we're certain a new generation of fans around the world will recognize this and enjoy the timeless character of this timeless classic.
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