Saturday, August 14, 2021

Music album covers with birds on them

140 albums with birds on the covers.
140 albums with birds on the covers.

Here are 140 album covers with birds on them. Now why would we create something like this? Well, we were inspired by this image on flickr, which shows 415 albums with birds on the cover. We wondered how we could recreate something like that and set to work. It turns out that it was harder that it seems. First, you need a lot of album covers in the composite image to get the colors bands/separation to look pleasing.

We chose mostly albums with birds on the front and not people. And we limited ourselves to albums that we could find in We also opted for a rectangular orientation that constrained presentation of colors. If we get enough energy, we'll think about this problem again. Our end result is not as pleasing as the image on flickr.

To make this image, we used Visual Studio Code as an editor, studied this tutorial: Using the HTML5 Drag and Drop API, and read up on CSS Grid Layout Module. With these references as a guide, we created a simple HTML page, and in the browser we used drag and drop to move images around to a configuration we liked and then saved page. Kind of low tech, but it worked.

For an updated image, see Album covers with birds on them – 238 birds on the cover!

Here's the list of albums used in this post (left to right and bottom to top):

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By

Floorplan - Paradise

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

Old Crow Medicine Show - Best Of

Roger Lion - Roger Lion

Relient K - The Bird and thew Bee Sides 

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Raven - Raven

Earlimart - Everyone Down Here 

Arooj Aftab - Bird Under Water

Crooked Fingers - Crooked Fingers

Jim Guthrie - Now, More Than Ever 

The Lovetones - Medidations 

The Low Anthem - What the Crow Brings 

John Zorn - The Mockingbird

Kishi Bashi - Omoiyari

Lee Curtiss - Watergate 08 

Yardbirds - Birdland 

Strawberry Path - When the Raven Has Come to the Earth 

Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans 

Ancients - Heart of Oak 

Doomtree - False Hopes 

Santana - Greatest Hits 

Great Lake Swimmers - Onigiara 

Doldrums - Secret Life of Machines 

Gary McFarland - America the Beautiful 

Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism 

Steve Earle and the Dukes - Guy 

Baroness - A Horse Called Golgotha 

Dif Juz - Out of the Trees 

Bert Jansch - Avocet 

A Grave with No Name - Feathers Wet Under the Moon 

Neal Halstead - Palindrome Hunches 

Ulaan Passerine - Byzantium Crow 

Jeff Beck - Emotion and Commotion 

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last of a Dyin' Breed 

Clifton Chenier - Bayour Blues 

Sangre De Muerdago - Sangre De Muerdago 

Will Hoge - Blackbird on a Lonely Wire 

Guster - Keep It Together 

Los Lobos - Good Morning Aztlan 

Hoelderlin - Rare Birds 

Brian Borcherdt - Coyotes 

Jeff Hanson - Madam Owl 

Train - Save Me, San Francisco 

The Silos - The Silos 

Talk Talk - The Very Best Of 

Waylon Jennings - The Eagle 

Emerson Lake and Palmer - Ermerson Lake and Palmer 

Kate Bush - Never For Ever 

Rare Bird - Rare Bird 

Spread Eagle - Spread Eagle 

Depeche Mode - Speak and Spell 

King Kurt - Big Cock 

Spyro Gyra - Carnaval 

Macondo - Macondo 

Radical Face - Ghost 

Portastatic - Slow Note from a Sinking Ship 

David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock 

Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha 

Talk Talk - Asides Besides 

Deftones - Diamond Eyes 

Big Business - The Beast You Are 

The Mission - Carved in Sand 

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Quicksilver 

Pavement - Watery Domestic 

Christopher Cross - Christopher Cross 

Snow Patrol - Fallen Empires 

Elvis Costello - Secret Profane and Sugarcane 

Our Lady Peace - Naveed 

Jets to Brazil - Four Cornered Night 

Melvins - Stoner Witch 

William Doyle - Great Spans of Muddy Time 

Aquila - Aquila 

Alda - Alda 

Europe - Wings of Tomorrow 

Saxon - Wheels of Steel 

Alphataurus - Alphataurus 

Andrew Bird - Are You Serious 

Pernice Brothers - The World Won't End 

Various Artists - Imagination Anthem 

Shearwater - Rook 

The Inner Banks - The Inner Banks 

Blackfoot - Marauder 

The Stranglers - The Raven 

Mogwai - The Hawk is Howling 

Inti-illimani - leyenda 

Midnight Oil - Bird Noises 

Mazzy Star - Among My Swan 

Faith No More - Angel Dust 

Rosemary Hardman - Firebird 

Robert Rich - What We Left Behind 

Shearwater - Palo Santo 

Mike Oldfield - The Complete 

The Bluetones - Expecting to Fly 

Ian Anderson - Secret Language of Birds 

Rain Parade - Beyond the Sunset 

Susumu Yokota - Sakura 

Chicago - Chicago VIII 

Seculos Apaixonados 

WASP - Still Not Black Enough 

Kansas - Song for America 

Peter Frampton - Winds of Change 

Rascals - See 

Deadsoul Tribe - A Murder of Crows 

Bjork - Vespertine 

American Eagle - American Eagle 

Original Soundtrack - The Flight of the Condor 

Herbie Hancock - Mr. Hands 

Little Feat - Down on the Farm 

Christopher Cross - Another Page 

Deftones - Gore 

Afghan Whigs - Unbreakable 

Saxon - Thunderbolt 

Yardbirds - Live Yardbirds 

Budgie - The Definitive Anthology 

Opeth - Socrceress 

Monopoly Star Searchers - Make Mine, Macaw 

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit ‎– Here We Rest 

Yes - Yesshows 

Magnus Granberg - Come Down to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth 

Chick Corea - Return to Forever 

Ryo Fukui - Mellow Dream 

Christopher Cross - A Night with Christopher Cross 

Troyka - Ornithophobia 

Talk Talk - Laughing Stock 

Graham Parker - The real Macaw 

Rush - Fly by Night 

Songs - Ohia  - Magnolia Electric Company 

Homer - Homer 

Rosie Hardman - Eagle Over Blue Mountain 

About Tess - Beautiful 

Big Country - The Seer 

Neil Cavanagh - Short Flight to a Distant Star 

Tony Williams - The Joy of Flying 

Maharadja Sweets - Somethings Been Lost 

Deodato - Frist Cucko 

Julia Holter - Maria 

The Cakekitchen - Stories for Late at  Night 

Various Artists - Sweetheart 2005 

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