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chemistry march 2011 an introduction:

And so, finally, welcome to issue #01 of compound. It’s taken a while to get here and there have certainly been a few stumbles along the way - I am now well aware of my own ignorance concerning the global availability of Spotify, for instance - however, I hope that you will feel that the final product has been worth the effort. Most importantly, I trust that you will find much to enjoy in the work of those contributors who feature within the forthcoming pages. From illustrations to fictional writing, videos to molecularthemed music-based apps, the visual mix-tape concept has proved to be fertile ground, indeed, for these talented folk. To them, I can only express my sincere thanks, once again, for taking the time and effort to submit to this little venture. And to you, the reader, source the tracks contained within, make your accompanying playlist, and sit down and enjoy the artistry of others. If you want to take part, next time, drop me a line at the e-mail below and I’ll be in touch when the submission window opens. chris [@c _ i _ dobson / @compoundmag] website:

www.studioalto.co.uk e-mail:

info@studioalto.co.uk


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devastation suicide

ale siniestro

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Ale Siniestro is a self-taught Argentinian designer. Mixing techniques ranging from collage and painting, using both real and digital media. Always looking for missing symbols and evoking dream image. fruits + human bodies + tarot + animals + crying kids + paranoia + collage + god + pixels + gothic statues + bullfighting + mustard + and many more... website:

www.alesiniestro.com e-mail:

contact@alesiniestro.com

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without msg i am nothing mclusky

andrey pissantchev

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Andrey is an illustrator and web developer. He graduated from graphic design in Leeds Uni in 2010 and is now tentatively entering the world of freelancing. He is probably one of the few illustrators who went from digital to hand-drawn illustration, and one of the even fewer web developers who dislikes expensive gadgets. In his spare time he listens to weird music, writes funny short stories about grim things and fails at learning the ukulele. website:

www.podskok.com e-mail:

pissantchev@gmail.com

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the vague terrain lothar ohlmeier and isambard khroustaliov

alex tobin

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Alex is an intermedia artist based in Scotland, but psychologically grounded somewhere on the way back from his dramatic stay in Japan. His practice utilises wildly diverse media and wanders in tone between joyful immediacy and nightmarish horror. For Compound, he has submitted ‘Molecule’: home-built remixing software that looks like a pseudo-chemical diagram. You can download Molecule for free from this otherwise-secret page on Alex’s website: website:

http://www.tobinalex.com/pjw3tq/molecule.htm e-mail:

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carbon monoxide regina spektor

abigail nottingham

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Abigail is studying her last year of an Illustration BA (Hons) and beginning to embark on a career of freelance illustration. Her illustration style is focused around simple and elegant shapes, adorable characters, vibrant colours and surreal situations. She loves hats, cats, and green tea. website:

www.abigail-illustration.co.uk e-mail:

abigailillustration@gmail.com

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gaussenhauer carl orff

carla easton

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Carla Easton works within the media of video and sculpture, utilising an aesthetic language of humour, pathos and childishness. In her work she explores subculture and hierarchies and aims to dismantle the problematic relationship between pop and art. She lives and works in Glasgow and is currently an MFA student at Glasgow School of Art. She has exhibited in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Berlin, Lithuania, and Estonia. website:

www.carlajennifereaston.com www.vimeo.com/carlaeaston e-mail:

carlaeaston@hotmail.com

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lithium nirvana

ryan ormonde

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Ryan’s first encounter with Grunge was when, aged 11, his friend Ramona brought a tape into school and said ‘we should all listen to this now.’ It was Kurt Cobain singing ‘Rape Me...’ Years later, Ryan is a writer and one of a collective called Press Free Press. He has written a love letter to the male falsetto for Dummy Magazine and a short book for The Knives Forks and Spoons Press called ‘y chromosomes’. website:

poeticpracticejournal.blogspot.com e-mail:

ryanormonde@hotmail.co.uk

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(0:00-0:09) (4:10-4:16) GOALS TO BECOME THE CEO OF THE HOWDY CORPORATION. TO DRINK TAP WATER TO PREVENT CRACKING. (1:57-2:33) (3:35-4:10) TO REVERSE FROM SEVEN FLOORS DOWN TO SEVEN DALTONS UP TO PREVENT DRINKING COMA-COLA. (2:33-2:41) SELF LEGIBLE FINE HAND TREMOR. (0:09-0:38) (2:41-3:09), (1:03-1:32) OK TO BE NOT SO HYPNIC? STRANGE COUNTRIES INCLUDE HUNGRY, NYSTAGMUS, NAUSEA, EMESIS, DYSARTHRIA, ATAXIA, POLYURIA. (0:38-1:03) (1:32-1:57) (3:09-3:35) (2:33-2:41) OTHER YOU ARE UGLY TOO (Li2CO3) I MISS YOU (Li3C6H5O7) I LOVE YOU (Li2SO4) I KILL YOU (1:57-2:33) (3:35-4:10) (2:33-2:41) EVENTS (17/11/2010) REPLACED TABLE SALT WITH LITHIUM SALT, INJECTED RODENTS WITH SCHIZOPHRENIC URINE, RESET CIRCADIAN CLOCK (2:33-2:41) OBSERVATIONS KC HAS A HISTORY AND A HISTORY WITH 7-UP. THE TREATMENT WITH KC. THE MECHANISM OF ACTION OF KC. THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF KC AND AN OVERDOSE OF KC.


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time melts away the last to sleep

d’andhra bascomb

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D’Andhra Bascomb (also known as DE’BA Designs) is a digital illustrator who deals mainly with vector work with watercolor accents. website:

www.dandhra.com e-mail:

info@dandhra.com

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paper moon booka shade

ellie sutton

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I always rely on strong line in the first instance to form my illustrations, I work physically rather than digitally, and usually in full colour. There is an element of instinct that I use, and I weigh up how much I just run with that depending on the brief. Occasionally I will design something of pure decorative value, i like pattern as much as any child does. If I had to pick a side, humans. website:

www.elliesutton.co.uk e-mail:

elliesutton@me.com

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better together jack johnson

liam smith

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Liam Smith is a self taught Illustrator based in Weymouth, Dorset. It was only after 3 years of ICT at college that he found an interest in Graphic Design, then Illustration in particular which he has worked on in his spare time. If asked, Liam would describe his style as using simple shapes and patterns, to detail, decorate and add character to a face or object. website:

www.society6.com/studio/mrbrightside e-mail:

mrbrightside_11@hotmail.co.uk

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contagious chemistry you me at six

louise norman

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My work involves aspects of many things from recycling materials to constant repetition and examining contradictions. Having graduated with a fine art degree specialising in painting/sculpture I am now also involved in design, illustration and craftwork. Abstraction, simplicity, process and repetitition have always been on my mind and will continue to be a big part of my aesthetic. website:

www.louisenorman.co.uk e-mail:

loumnorman@yahoo.co.uk

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packing blankets eels

pam lock

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I love writing short stories and you can find a few in online magazines if you google me there is a naughty one if you look hard enough. I’ve just finished an adventure novel set in Canada which contains lots of romping through woodlands. I like a spot of storytelling and was invited to read one of the stories published in bodies of work at the launch at Cambridge University (also starring the sparkly Ali Smith). By day I am a Personal Assistant, by night I am studying for a Masters in English Literature so time is short but life is fun. Just as it should be. website:

twitter.com/pamplemoussepam e-mail:

pam.lock@gmail.com compound01

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The best biscuits Her face looks like the earth in Dad’s allotment in the summer when its all got too dry. I wonder what would happen if I watered it. Probably not allowed. It works on the soil though. Makes it smooth and fresh smelling. Nana is not fresh smelling so maybe watering would help with that too. She smells like the inside of Mum’s glove box when she’s left tangerines in there for too long. She’s smiling at me now. Mum said to smile back. Everyone else talks about their Nana’s all the time. Mum says I met her when I was really little but I don’t remember. Not sure what the big deal is now. I was so excited yesterday. No-one told me that the biscuits would be soft. ‘Would you like another biscuit?’ she says and reveals her teeth. They look strange, more like the old buttons in that tin box by the sewing machine.

‘No thank you.’

‘Isn’t she polite,’ she says turning to Mum, ‘I wonder where she gets that from.’ Nana looks a bit nasty when she says that. Mum looks as uncomfortable as I feel. She was cross about everything this morning. She is sitting on the very edge of her chair, like she is about to get up, about to go. I keep hoping that we are, but they keep talking, I don’t understand much of it but there seem to be lots of people that I’ve never heard of, then Nana says, ‘So, how is Kenneth?’ I wonder who that is and then remember that it’s what Uncle Roger calls Daddy. Nana looks funny when she says his name. Like she has eaten something she doesn’t like. I wonder if she is in pain. Her eyes are rimmed with red and they’re full of water, maybe they’re sore. I want to ask what’s wrong with them but that’s probably not allowed either. They make her look like the weird bulgy toad that we found on the allotment last summer. Dad said it was swelled up because it was scared of us so we put it by the big pond in the middle and it made a really loud plopping noise as it jumped in the water. My neck is starting to ache because I feel like I should nod every time they look at me. It makes Nana show her teeth but I’m getting used to that. And everyone says that Nana’s are great. Alice Harman got £10 from her Nana on her last birthday, and this cool necklace that’s really old apparently. I’m looking at my knees and the blue satin skirt that makes me feel a bit sick when I touch it. My fingernails catch on the fabric every time I move my hands. Mum said she was sorry but I still had to wear it. ‘Just while we’re with Nana.’ I’m not sure why its so important but Dad looked at me and clasped his hands together with that begging look on his face. I can always tell if its important because he makes secret warning signs with his hands. His favourite (which he did this morning) is to make it look like

fireworks are coming out of the top of Mum’s head when he thinks she is going to be cross about something. He is silly. I smile when I think about him dancing about doing fireworks this morning. Mum caught him and gave him a little push but she was smiling then. I think I might get ice cream later. If Mum tells him I’ve been a good girl here as well. Nana turns to me sometimes and says strange things, ‘Its nice when its just us girls isn’t it,’ she says, really looking in my eyes. I like it better when Dad is around. He makes Mum laugh and he makes better biscuits. He doesn’t mind what I wear either. He lets me wear my favourite blue apron – maybe we’ll make dough animals when I get home. If we ever go home. We’ve been here forever. The collar on the horrible white shirt that mum dug out of the back of the wardrobe feels like its got itching powder inside it. Nana looks at me curiously every time I touch my neck so I’m trying to blow down onto it through the corner of my mouth instead when Nana sighs. It’s a quiet sigh, and seems very sad. I look at Mum. Her eyes look a bit watery and I can see her jaw working, which means she is grinding her teeth. She normally only does that when she is watching the news or trying to ‘sort out the bills’. Nana smiles and says, ‘I see you still don’t have a wedding ring. I guess Kenneth isn’t up to that yet. Why don’t you find yourself a proper husband?’ The gravel is very loud under our feet. Mum holding my hand so tight that it hurts a bit and walking very fast. She says she’s sorry. I’m not whether its for me or to Nana. When I turn back, is smiling slightly. I wonder why she is smiling Mum is so sad.

is she’s sure Nana when

In the car, Mum says I can go and see Nana when I’m older if I like. I don’t really mind if I have to wait to see her again. I think she must be different to other Nana’s. She didn’t seem very nice to me. If I do go back then I think I’ll ask Dad if I can take some of his biscuits with me.


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cosmic love florence & the machine

eleanor bennett

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Photography from the winner of the UK National Geographic Kids Photography competition and the World Photography Organisation’s Photomonth Youth Award 2010. At the age of 14 she has had her photography showcased around the globe in magazines and exhibitions. Since the age of 11 she has won three national art contests with the Woodland Trust Nature Detectives and has had a piece of her artwork auctioned for Great Ormond Street Charity. website:

eleanorleonnebennett.zenfolio.com e-mail:

eleanor.ellieonline@gmail.com

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eve, the apple of my eye bell x1

matthew ellero

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Matthew Ellero is 28 years old and a freelance Illustrator/ Graphic Designer. He lives in Peterborough, England. Matt worked for five years at a local council, in the Communications and Marketing team. While there he learnt the ancient art of how to put a press release together. However his dream has always been to be able to draw for a living and since deciding to go freelance he has not looked back! website:

www.matthewellero.com e-mail:

matt_j.ellero@btinternet.com

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what is the light? the flaming lips

natalie hughes

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Natalie is an illustrator, character designer and maker of illustrated gifts, with a BA Hons in Illustration & Animation from the University of Gloucestershire. Natalie loves dreaming up quirky cute and strange characters,and is inspired by the landscapes,creatures and cultures of the world. Geometric pattern, colour and natural textures all feature strongly in her work. Music,film and travel are her main influences. Natalie is currently illustrating a children’s book and on the look out for interesting projects, get in touch! website:

www.nataliehughes.co.uk e-mail:

nat@nataliehughes.co.uk

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friend of the night mogwai

rachel clare price

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Illustrator and designer Rachel Clare Price’s work is often inspired by stories of folklore, nature, music and fashion, her work reflects a delicate and dreamlike quality, inviting the viewer into the unfolding narrative. Rachel’s work has appeared in various lifestyle and music publications, recent projects include NARC magazine, Ballad Of and Oh Comely. Rachel is also a member of illustration collective, Tea & Crayons. website:

www.itslikeart.net e-mail:

hello@itslikeart.net

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rest my chemistry interpol

rachel lewis

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Rachel is a member of the illustration collective Tea & Crayons, and has had her work published in Amelia’s Magazine and Cleo Magazine in Australia, among others. Culture, fashion, technology, music, advertising and ordinary people all inspire her. Her favourite thing about illustration is being able to think conceptually, which lends itself nicely to her playful, sometimes dark, and downright random imagination. She lives and works in London. website:

www.rachelsayshello.com e-mail:

contact@rachelsayshello.com

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jed the humanoid grandaddy

steven ingram

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Steven Ingram is a cartoonist and illustrator who has been putting comics on the internet for years, most recently under the banner Blurred Lines Comics. He recently finished his first graphic novel, Ao Stories and is currently working on his next project, The Standing Stones. He is currently studying Graphic Design and also holds a degree in Architectural Technology. website:

blurredlinescomics.co.uk e-mail:

steve@blurredlinescomics.co.uk

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clean sheet and a dirty mind endo

sabreen aziz

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I’m a Visual Artist, Dreamer, Designer, Struggling Writer and I want to do a Billion things in a Million days. Check out Flitterverse; my online visual diary. website:

sabreenaziz.posterous.com e-mail:

sabreen.aziz@gmail.com

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suicide girl william white

michael gilbert

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Michael is a Vancouver based Illustrator with over 5 years experience working in commercial animation as a designer. website:

excitement86.blogspot.com e-mail:

mgilbert1983@gmail.com

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nearly home broken records

viccy adams

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Viccy Adams is a creative writing PhD student at Newcastle University. She’s intrigued by all the ‘what if’ questions lying around in the world and aims to spend the rest of her lifewriting them into stories. Follow her on Twitter via @ViccyIsWriting or check out her latest writing project atwww.writearoundthetoon.co.uk website:

www.vsadams.co.uk e-mail:

vsadams@gmail.com

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Intermission Lying in a tangle of sheets, I watch a spider cross the ceiling while Jacob struggles unsuccessfully to open the window. ‘I’m afraid I’ve broken off some of the paintwork,’ He holds up the thin white slivers, and lets them fall from his hands onto the wide windowsill of the triangular alcove.

‘Leave that.

Come back here now.’

patter on the roof. Jacob swirled the liquid in his cup and bites his lip. I wonder if spiders dislike the rain and if the one on my ceiling will drop down into the bed and hide in the sheets while we are out the room. ‘I thought lower rent meant you’d have a nicer place.’ Jacob’s tone suggests he is trying to make a joke. ‘I thought people would be delighted to buy expensive art by people they’d never heard of in a recession.’

‘How can you bear it here?’ Jacob is sulking again, body half turned away from the bed, cross armed, cross-legged and no doubt cross-faced as well. The bedside lamp throws an oval shadow that intersects his bare chest, cutting off a clear look at his expression. I see his head move from side to side, surveying then dismissing the vacant walls and the low ceiling.

‘Put the kettle on?’ I ask and Jacob splays himself theatrically in response, then gathers himself out of inertia. I watch him leave the room, enjoying the loose way his limbs swing without clothes or embarrassment. When I am safely alone, I get up to inspect the paintwork, pulling a dark blue cotton dressing gown over myself and averting my eyes away from the full-length mirror propped by the window. The paint is peeling off the wood, but the tell-tale streak of damp along the yellow lined wallpaper of the wall around it isn’t visible from my bed. I pull a small piece of chipped gloss away, let it drop onto the brown linoleum floor, then go to join Jacob in the kitchen.

‘I hate all of Hoxton. do with the flat.’

I put out cups with matching saucers and press my lips together rather than remind Jacob to warm the pot first. We sit down on wooden chairs and I think about splinters and tweezers. The heating is on full blast and I have no doubt that it is worth every penny if it meant that Jacob will lounge around like this, like a Greek statue stepped off the plinth and yielding to my touch. I pull the robe a little tighter around myself and think about mashed potatoes. The rain starts up again, softening the traffic noises from outside, and making a battering

‘We could stay at mine.’

‘After last time? I’m not a fan of being chased by landladies wielding brooms’ ‘She loved the flowers. expensive.’

They looked

‘You hated my last place too.’ It had nothing to

‘You hate everywhere apart from Camden.’

‘I like Chelsea.’ I put my cup down hard on the wooden, kitchen table, knocking the saucer with my sleeve and sending it spinning through the air and into a kitchen cabinet. Jacob begins to cry in small – almost soundless – sobs. His hands cover his face and I can’t see if there are really tears there or not. I don’t know if that matters to me, but brush the doubt aside. Under the cabinet is a great deal of dust and other detritus. My shoulder twinges as I lean in awkwardly to retrieve the saucer. ‘Shit. It’s chipped.’

‘Elliott, why won’t you talk about this?’

‘Come back to bed.’ Jacob allows me to lead him back into the bedroom and I make a mental note to be kinder. The spider is in the same place on the ceiling; I turn the light out.


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love is all around wet wet wet

abby wright

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Abby Wright is a illustrator who incorporates hand drawn lines with colour and textures. She enjoys working on fashion, editorial and portrait illustrations, as well as print. Abby is a member of the collective Tea & Crayons, and has had work featured on Amelia’s Magazine, Cellardoor Magazine, Nothing Bad Magazine, Craft Guerilla as well as mentions on the Company Magazine and Vogue websites. Her work can be found in recently published Amelia’s Compendium on Fashion Illustration. website:

abbywrightillustration.co.uk e-mail:

yodalpip@hotmail.co.uk

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frontier psychiatrist the avalanches

olly gibbs

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Olly Gibbs is a 3rd Year illustrator studying at LCC. Olly’s work contributes mainly to print and digital means but also participates in traditional illustration methods with his unique style. The track chosen is a combination of clips that work well together to create a final piece and with the theme of chemistry, relates to elements reacting to create an end product. website:

www.ollygibbs.com e-mail:

mail@ollygibbs.com

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masters of war bob dylan

anthony freda

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Anthony Freda’s work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Time. He has been included in the annual illustration competitions of The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and American Illustration. He paints on found objects and attempts to imbue these artifacts of American ephemera with new meaning and purpose. website:

www.AnthonyFreda.com e-mail:

Anthony@AnthonyFreda.com

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Compound - Issue 01  

Issue 01 of Compound Magazine, the visual mix-tape. In this opening edition, the theme is 'chemistry'.

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