Sony DADC: Glenn Gould Remastered

Background

In 1955 Glenn Gould signed an exclusive contract with Columbia Masterworks, and remained with the label until his untimely death in 1982. Gould’s prolific recorded output remains a stimulating presence.

In one of the most lavish remastering projects of all time, Sony Classical have released all of the authorised Columbia recordings in a box set that allows him to resound with greater fidelity to the originals than ever before.

The Brief

Glenn Gould Remastered – The Complete Columbia Album Collection, contains 78 audio CDs and album artwork, a 416-page book with complete original liner notes, a wealth of facsimile documents, rare photographs, full discographical information, and a newly commissioned introductory essay by Gould scholar and biographer Kevin Bazzana.

Sony DADC asked kwiboo to design and develop a digital music and media distribution solution to allow the release of the collection on a unique Glenn Gould autographed USB stick.

What we did

kwiboo created a responsive standalone USB application containing a searchable audio catalogue, an mp3 player that displays album artwork and track listings along with a scalable, digital flip-book style version of the book incorporating direct links to play albums and options to download as a PDF.

The Challenges

One of the main factors to consider in the design was not only the shear volume of the audio content but the length of album and track titles that are commonly associated with the classical music genre.

kwiboo designed and delivered an interface that was flexible enough to deal album titles like “Haydn – Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI 49 – Mozart – Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330 & Fantasia & Fugue in C major, K394”, its equally lengthy titled 8 tracks and album artwork without ambiguous wrapping and clutter.

The Result

The responsive full screen interface ensures that the solution fits all modern screen sizes and dual publishing allows the collection to be experienced on both PC and Mac alike and the overall UI of the completed application complements the classical values of Glenn Gould and his music as well as reflecting the technology involved in the remastering and digital delivery.

You can order your copy of Glenn Gould Remastered – The Complete Columbia Album Collection from amazon.