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Put It On: Insights into the Creative Process of Representing  Sound

A night not to be missed as Creative Spark and Grandson present PUT IT ON. An evening  of talks, visuals and music performances featuring some of the most creative people  working in this field – from Dundalk, Dublin, Cork and San Diego we bring you an eclectic  line up of panellists and performers.

Brian “B+” Cross is one of the most prominent music photographers working today. He  has photographed more than one hundred album covers for artists such as Company  Flow, Damian Marley, David Axelrod, DJ Shadow, Flying Lotus, Eazy-E, J Dilla, Jurassic 5,  Madlib, Mos Def, and Q-Tip. Cross was the director of photography for the Academy  Award-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, and he has made several  feature-length music films and many music videos. His photos have appeared in the New  York Times, Rolling Stone, Vibe, the Fader, and the Wire.

Niall McCormack is a commercial artist based in Dublin, Ireland. He specialises in music  packaging and book cover design. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design,  Dublin, Niall has created numerous LP and CD covers for Ace Records as well as sleeves  for Vampisoul, Tru Thoughts, WFMU, Demon Music Group and Planet Mu. His artwork  graces book covers published by Vintage Books, Profile Books, The Lilliput Press, Gorse,  Gill & Macmillan, Poetry Ireland and The Collins Press. McCormack has curated a number  of exhibitions of Irish book cover art including a retrospective of the work of Dutch-born  designer Cor Klaasen. He co-curated Green Sleeves: The Irish Printed Record Cover,  1955–2017 at the National Print Museum in 2017 with Dr. Ciarán Swan.

John Byrne describes himself as occupying the ground between ‘gatherer’ and ‘archivist’.  He says ‘Most rabid music collectors have an insane affliction that isn’t necessarily any  more logical than a deep need to hear more music. I do too, but I also the have the need  to see neglected stuff get refried again.’
Quare Groove Volume One is two twelve inch records. The first one features groove and  dancefloor sounds of the Irish late 70’s and early 80’s. The second record features how  things sounded when the country’s post punk generation got their hands on the same  danceflooring.

Local collector/curator, Brian McMahon of Brand New Retro, will chair a panel discussion  with the three speakers – this promises to be a fascinating exploration of how we  represent music through image and design.

Music on the night will be coordinated by Peter Baldwin from Black Mountain Recording  Studios and will feature local legend Jinx Lennon . Also the lads from TPM will play an  original set with the Black Mountain house band. Dublin house producer / DJ Frank B/Sias  will kick off the night at 7 PM and admission is free!

Get yourselves down early to this one..