my life in the bush of ghosts

album design

“I talked to Peter Buchanan-Smith, who designed the re release CD package, about either including or referencing the original album cover rather than coming up with something entirely new. This is the marketing man in me speaking- I imagined that a person who had seen the original cover would have an idea what they were looking for when seeking out a re release, so a completely unrelated image would throw them off the scent. Peter, as a creative type, didn’t feel comfortable simply reproducing Peter Saville’s original layout over Brian’s video photo, so he came up with a way of referencing the original obliquely. He took the original and digitally manipulated it, while retaining all the original colors- he smeared it horizontally (which was used), twisted it into vortexes and made it all radiate from the center. Surprisingly, one still had a kind of vestigial sense of the original cover in all of these versions.”–David Byrne


David Byrne & Brian Eno


Peter Saville’s original cover design with photography by Brian Eno.

CLIENT: Nonesuch Records
PROJECT: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
DATE: 2009
CREDITS: Peter Buchanan-Smith (design)