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Creative Review’s Music Issue begins with Rachael Steven’s rundown of the best record sleeves of 2016. But there is a lot more music in it:

  • A new generation of ‘smart’ speakers, linked to cloud-based streaming services is changing the way we listen to music. We speak to Tad Toulis, VP of Design at US audio brand Sonos, about designing such experiences;
  • From its iPod silhouette campaign onwards, Apple’s advertising has had a strong link to music. We talk to Chris Pattinson, Music Supervisor at TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Apple’s ad agency, about the role that music plays for the brand and why being in its ads can be good for artists and the music industry too;
  • Cristobal Tapia de Veer creates strange and compelling soundtracks for film and television. Rachael Steven spoke to the Chilean born, Montreal-based musician about his work for Channel 4’s Humans, Utopia and National Treasure and feature film The Girl With All The Gifts;
  • Electronic music can be a straight-faced business, but there’s a refreshingly playful edge to the artwork Guy Featherstone creates for Diagonal Records, label co-founded by musician Oscar Powell. Here the pair discuss their approach and reveal how it has transferred to Powell’s new home at XL.

And there is more: The Red Bull Music Academy that has become a global institution, with an annual residency scheme for emerging musicians; the artwork for Radiohead’s album A Moon Shaped Pool, by artist and regular collaborator with the band Stanley Donwood: the archive of the late great photographer Trevor Key whose work spanned some of the most significant pop culture moments of the 20th century.

From composing for TV, sourcing soundtracks for Apple and creating covers for Radiohead to the Red Bull Music Academy and a peek inside Trevor Key’s archive, our Music Issue has it all.

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