This was a multimedia project that spanned three years of research and archiving. Honoring the esoteric legacy of the Elephant 6 Recording Company, I created a sprawling collection of carefully refurbished & digitized print media from the 1990s, rare music, & supplementary original artwork.
The full project can be downloaded here.
Photos of the project housed inside its box, showcasing two original illustrations on the front and inside flap.
This is a fifteen page essay that documents and streamlines the history of the Elephant 6. Largely my own research, with additional information provided by three founding members of the company. Eric Allen (bassist for The Apples in Stereo) described the essay as a "wrangled and streamlined version of a multi-headed hydra that spins out into tangents very easily.” I also have included the Majestic Harmonious Umbrella, an extended list of Elephant 6 bands and their offshoots, plus Tiny Portrait Heads, a gallery of miscellaneous images I came across in my research.
Three CDs and their respective cases, as they were included in the project. The first two CDs (housed in a single jewel case) serve as the Interstellar Pop Underground itself, a sprawling two disc CD mix of the best and catchiest songs the Elephant 6 has to offer. I attempted to mix together each song to create a special flow that you wouldn't find on just some YouTube playlist or typical "best of" collection.
The third CD is Nocturnal Half-Serious Delirium, a selection of rare and hard-to-find tracks, often sourced directly from the musicians themselves. Featuring selections from the most peculiar and outlandish music projects around, including childhood cassette ramblings from Robert Schneider and the only officially released piece by the aloof Korena Pang.
A selection of the original artwork I created for this project.
Archived & Refurbished Artwork
Pieces crafted by using Xerox machines and typewriters by the band members themselves.
These archives are some of the only digital scans of the pieces.