Musician puts digital twist on classic album covers - and earns Yoko Ono's approval
An American musician and author has taken his passion for classic albums into the digital age by recreating some of his favourite album covers - using only emoji.
Singer/songwriter Wesley Stace has digitalised the iconic artwork of music legends from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.
The musician has been sharing his catchy creations on Twitter.
Speaking to independent.ie he said the idea came from just messing with his phone.
“One of [my friends] introduced me to the emoji and I started to use them. I never used them until recently.
“Then Friday two weeks ago I was on the treadmill and started making the album covers and sending them on to people asking them what they thought they were,” Mr Stace said.
He has added more than 50 to the series, but says it would be difficult to add any more.
“You’re producing a miniaturist thing and it’s quite limited."
"A lot of Album covers have a man or woman’s face on them and it’s difficult to reproduce, but then you have something like Nirvana’s Nevermind and with a baby, some waves and a dollar sign people automatically know what it is.
“The reaction has been amazing. I have been putting out songs for 20 years and writing novels for 15 years but they haven’t had a reaction like this."
"Emoji can transcend languages. People in Japan who mightn’t even be able to understand the word ‘album’ can understand emoji. People everywhere know what it is.”
The designs have gone viral in recent weeks, with Yoko Ono retweeting the ‘Live Peace in Toronto’ emoji cover.
We’ve included some of our favourites here, but check out Wesley's twitter handle(@WesleyStace) for the entire collection.