Sufjan Stevens In Rainbows
Fans of organization, mathematics and music will enjoy the work of graphic designer Jax de Leon. For his senior project at SUNY Purchase, de Leon submitted Sufjan Stevens’ album “Come on Feel the Illinoise” to rigorous deconstruction into graphical layout. The results include, among others, word usage circles like targets, a sweeping, multicolor list of lyric content, and a beautiful, minimalist wheel of words that follow the word “the.” Only a listener of great—and likely obsessive—regard for a performer could produce such a painstaking analysis. The process adds a layer of translation to Steven’s music—from notes and lyrics rendered in sound, to sound rendered again into a formal and artistic interpretation.