Footwork and Wires from Just Like Humans Electronic Music

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Today is the third anniversary for the release of my electronic dance single, Footwork and Wires, from the self-titled album Just Like Humans (2012).

The single release, from August 2014, featured the album version of the track, three remixes of the song, one bonus track (Electric Mountain of Love), and one further remix of an original album track, "Individual Throttle Bodies".

This song actually had a soft release nearly a year before with completely different artwork; it was the first song completed for my debut as Just Like Humans (in December 2013). The album artwork at that time was rushed and included some Converse-style shoes super-imposed over a skeletal X-ray of a foot superimposed over many computer wires and cables. It was also a super literal translation of the idea which I didn't think had much of an impact. (The particular artwork doesn't survive anymore, sadly - I deleted it from my drives to take up less space.)

Even as a graphic designer and a creative, I had quite the difficult time with the imagery and idea for the final Footwork and Wires release and I struggled through many iterations. The title of the song means nothing more than simply dancing to electronica - easy enough to grasp, but short of a blur of people on a dance floor (which I'm pretty sure had been used for many compilation CDs sold in stores) I couldn't get the design I wanted out of my brain. 

The 'stick figure' people is a stock photo; it'd be awesome if I were talented enough to have created this myself, but purchased stock sufficed and I didn't have the time to create anything original otherwise as I was just beginning the writing of all new tracks for the next album (which ended up being Big Beautiful).

I named the couple the stick couple because it looked as if the art were made of sticks, which also stood in for intertwined wiring. It worked out perfectly with just slapping (literally) the X-ray 'foot-age' over it the stick people inside Photoshop, cleaning it up, and ... there you go. Done. 

I honestly wasn't happy with the Just Like Humans type on top of the image, but as the font had already been established on the full album (and all of the marketing) I left it alone.

The final artwork for Footwork and Wires was completed by me in the middle of 2014 shortly before the official release of August 29, 2014. I had to ship it off to iTunes and the online retailers quickly before I changed my mind about the layout, again.

I think the art and the title track for the single are pretty good. I'm a bit biased, but you should check it out on this website or Bandcamp! I think it's one of my better electronica/techno songs. 

 The original stock photo file used in artwork 2013 and 2014.

The original stock photo file used in artwork 2013 and 2014.

 Back cover album artwork for Footwork and Wires. Just Like Humans is Kevin Hartmann and a computer.

Back cover album artwork for Footwork and Wires. Just Like Humans is Kevin Hartmann and a computer.