Famous Record Covers Transformed Into Abstract Art


We came across these abstract pieces via Creative Bloq, and were rather taken with their bold horizontal lines of color. The really interesting thing, however, is that they’re actually album covers — they’re part of a series called Average Albums, produced by artist Matt Booth via a technique that breaks the image into a series of horizontal strips and then averages the color value of the image across each row. The result is abstract compositions that evoke the pieces they’re based on, but also have a life of their own. Interestingly, some covers jump out at you, perhaps indicating how important color is in their composition (Nirvana’s Nevermind and Primal Scream’s Screamadelica are good examples), whereas others are pretty much unrecognizable. Either way, the results are interesting — check out a selection after the jump.

Nirvana, Nevermind

The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Michael Jackson, Thriller

Primal Scream, Screamadelica

David Bowie, Aladdin Sane

Grace Jones, Island Life

The Beatles, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds

The Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks