In the spirit of all these “ten albums that influenced your musical tastes” things I’ve been seeing people post during isolation, I got to thinking about my own and couldn’t reasonably break it down to just ten. Then, seeing the wild disparity between some of the entries I chose to take some more time to look at the context that lead to each one being influential.
So! Below I’ve charted sixteen albums worth of influence, each with a link to the album on Spotify, starting from the very first cassette tape in the early 90s right up into the digital age, in chronological order of their influence on me. I don’t think there’s any notable gaps, but there’s some interesting leaps.
I’m thrilled to have made it into the Top 100 entries for vaatividya‘s ELDEN RING design contest, especially considering the absolutely staggering quality of the other entries.
You can watch the Top 10 announcement below to be as amazed at the caliber of work as I was:
(My entry appears in the video around the 28:24 mark).
The challenge was to come up with a boss design for the upcoming videogame collaboration between From Software / George RR Martin, ELDEN RING.
CLICK HERE to see the whole entry booklet I made, which includes some lore, battle and environmental descriptions plus a bit of extra detail about the inspiration and such.
Congratulations to the winners!
A few years have passed since these two essays were published in Criterion Magazine, which isn’t available anymore, so I’m throwing ’em up on ye olde internets for the readin’s. Review/discussion of A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ coming later tonight once I get the thing writ. Meanwhile: