Automatic album art with a little help from Flick-ipedia

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Automatic album art with a little help from Flick-ipedia


Noise Addicts posted this effective recipe for near-automatic generation of album artwork (though it does allow for some creative typesetting) –

1. Go to Wikipedia and hit “random” and the first article you get is the name of your band.

2. Go to “Random Quotations”. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page will be the title of your new album.

3. Go to Flickr and click on “Explore the Last Seven Days”. The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

Give it a go – the results can be eerily convincing. Plus – it’s a quick and easy fix when you get the creative urge at the office/library/etc. Man … I could swear my cousin had that Stutz Blackhawk album back in the day.

44 thoughts on “Automatic album art with a little help from Flick-ipedia

  1. Anonymous says:

    My new band name is Ben Hueso. Our next major release will be “Everyone liked you except yourself”.

  2. Collin Cunningham says:

    I think Ben Hueso might have a breakout hit on their hands.

    psst – I’m secretly a member of Stutz Blackhawk, they only let me play the tambourine tho :(

  3. myband says:

    my new band is called “Marchinowo”. our upcoming album is “then maybe we won’t blow up the planet”.

    1. spiffed says:

      “A Slight Ache” releasing “Someone who doesn’t deserve to be hurt”. With some freakishly fitting album art

      1. notme says:

        unless you plan on giving the album away i don’t think CC would apply

  4. ben says:

    Delta Secondary School’s new hit: ‘catch a trout’

  5. anachrocomputer says:

    “Defensive War” has just announced the release of their comeback album “As If There Were” on vinyl and 8-track. We’re getting the band back together!

  6. annoyingmouse says:

    My name is now Lisa Simon and I have an album called “Be Serious When People Laugh”. My album art ( says that I’m a singer-songwriter who really means it when she says “serious” and that you should probably pronounce my surname “Simone”!

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is an internet meme, not a “make” project. Are we going to see tutorials on how to make lolcat pictures next? Lame.

  8. Ken says:

    … and watch for Ren Xun’s latest hit album “because nothing is well-done”.

  9. Dinomight says:

    My friends and found out about this a while ago. To make things easier i wrote a web app built on flex(flash based). It does everything for you. It even grabs the image, allows you to crop it position the text etc. All within your browser. Then you click download and you have your custom album art.

    I’d love to put it up but i can’t take the server hit. If anyone can host it please let me know and then everyone wins. If anyone wants to look at it let me know. I can show a few people i just can’t let it kill my server or use up all of my bandwidth.

  10. Lala says:

    Please think of the copyright! Only use images given away as Creative Commons!

    1. Bob Sinclair says:

      My band “A Burn or a Shiver” has just released “Something we had to know”, apparently! The album art is weird but totally convincing!

      This is one of the most fun articles I’ve seen lately, I really like it!

  11. knormie says:

    My random Wikipedia page was actually an album!

  12. Willard Van Orman Quine says:

    Artist: Phillip Read
    Album: “what nobody has thought”

  13. John Park says:

    I’m Yukio Horigome with the sophmore album Benefit of the Tallow Trade

  14. Adam Thornton says:

    This was actually first suggested by Vincent Baker on his blog at several months ago.


    1. Pragma says:

      I had to give this a try.

      Band: Andrew Frazier
      Title: Every crowd has a silver lining

      This idea gives eerily good results.

  15. manu says:

    Try not using any image from flickr, but only pictures with a CC licence …

  16. Tătaru River says:

    Do you know the new band “Tătaru River” with their new album “balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking” :D

  17. Zachary says:

    Band: Bone Gap
    Album: No mind at all

  18. J.R. says:

    Band: Liszno
    Album: Man was made for action

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