I have a nephew who loooooves Lego, he is only 7 and he can play with these colorful little blocks for hours, and must have enough of them to cover the surface of his parents’ house. But adults have fun with Lego too, and do all kinds of stuff with these strange multicolor Danish bricks. Not a long time ago I stumbled on this cute record store completely made of Lego, then on this huge concert scene also made of Lego… what’s the deal with music and Lego? Are all nerdy LP collectors and show-goers also into construction game for 7-year-olds? I guess! There are so many details, so much work into this, it has to be the vision of a true music fan.
But there’s more! Someone has a complete Tumblr of album covers made with… Lego! There are so many of them that it’s hard to pick just a few. Each of them just looks like a bad resolution photograph that has been enlarged so that you only see the pixels (the Lego blocks) but it’s funny how you can still recognize most of the album covers. And honestly, everybody is there, from indie bands to classic rock, from Amanda Palmer to Deerhunter, Vampire Weekend, the XX, Snow Patrol, to Massive Attack, Gorillaz, the Killers, the Strokes, Nirvana, the White Stripes, Weezer, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Halen, Muse, U2, Queen AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Jay Z, Primal Scream, the Beatles, the Smashing Pumpkins… I let you discover, this is totally endless. It has been a while since I touched one of these little blocks, but aren’t they supposed to be plain blue, red or yellow? How did they find all these colors?
I must admit I was fooled for a while but these realizations are not exactly real. Of course, I got quite disappointed when I found out, but it’s still well done! On this same Tumblr, there is even the explanation on how to proceed to get an album cover totally Lego-ized. I am not exactly sure I would be able to do it, but here is the procedure:
1. Select album cover.
2. Pixilate the image by selecting filter then pixilate then mosaic.
3. Select the pixilation you would like.
4. Now you have a pixilated image.
5. Create a brick shaped pixel.
6. Duplicate the brick until a row is complete.
7. Duplicate the row of bricks until the whole cover is filled.
8. Merge all the row of bricks and then fiddle with the ‘Fill’ of the image.
9. You should then have a lego looking cover.
10. Then fiddle with the contrast to make the colors work.
Try yourself if you don’t see your favorite album up there. In any case, enjoy this random selection, it also can also give you a pretty good idea of how I see the world without my contact lenses on.
Less push, More flow
350 rock critics, wannabe rock critics, or people with OCD
a new Tupac Shakur exhibit opening downtown LA
a pop LP that isn’t popular is a question mark…
her mama don’t like you and she likes everyone…
the riffs have never been so heavy
I bet Sub Pop were overjoyed as well
“begs you not to sit in the difficult moments”
the names aren’t as eye popping for music