Chen Santa Maria


George Chen and Steve Santa Maria asked me to design their record cover when we all lived in the East Bay. They didn't place any aesthetic parameters on me, so I explored deeply how their ambient noise music made me feel. I mixed together a famous image of an iceberg in which one can see the underside of the iceberg, and instead used an image of an upside down Mayan pyramid. Above, I superimposed a photo I took of a lonely balloon flying high in the clear blue sky. On the back I used an aerial view of fields of lettuce and a split head of cabbage for the disc. As their music is very rhythmic and they're also both very funny gentlemen, everything fit together quite well. I wish they still made music together.