40/52: chromedecay wallpapers

This week’s project is a set of downloadable wallpaper, sized for desktop computers, iPad, and iPhone. All feature photography by Bill Van Loo, with post-processing and formatting by fellow chromedecay artist Joshua Schnable.

Download the entire set of wallpapers here:
http://www.chromedecay.org/downloads/40-52-chromedecay_wallpapers.zip (27MB ZIP file)

A few months ago, Joshua Schnable hipped me to fiftyfootshadows, a site featuring beautiful atmospheric photography offered as downloadable wallpaper. I’ve been enjoying the wallpapers for a while, and was inspired to create some of my own for chromedecay. I shot most of these images on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

40/52: chromedecay wallpaper - fence (desktop)

Shooting photos for this project really made me think about what makes a good background image – it has to be visually appealing, but ultimately can’t have too much detail or activity or else the icons get lost against it. I decided on heavily textured, dark images for most of the set.

This was one of the first shots I took on Tuesday evening that I felt really captured what I was going for:

40/52: chromedecay wallpaper - brush (desktop)

This is another shot from Tuesday:

40/52: chromedecay wallpaper - pavement (desktop)

The photo below was actually the last photo I shot on Wednesday evening. It’s the wall of a gas station around the corner of my house. I love the stark simplicity of it – the light above the air compressor acts as a spotlight for it, and I smile every time I see it.

40/52: chromedecay wallpaper - air (desktop)

Finally, this last image came from photos I shot this summer (part of 27/52, “vacation colors“).

40/52: chromedecay wallpaper - paint (desktop)

Many thanks to Joshua Schnable for taking my photographs and post-processing, editing and formatting them for the different wallpaper sizes!

free ER-1 drum samples

The Korg ER-1 drum machine/rhythm synthesizer served as a central piece of gear in the chromedecay studio for a number of years. After a long period of use, it got to the point where I hadn’t turned it on for a number of months, and I decided it was time to part with it. However, I loved many of the sounds I’d created, so I decided to sample everything. My good friend J. Schnable then took those samples, and carefully compiled and edited them into the collection that is now available.

Go to the free Korg ER-1 Sample Collection, and buy one of my records to help support my music if you find it useful.