Book Publisher, San Francisco CA / New York, NY
Unpiano Books asked Omnibus to design a hard-cover edition of a children's story written by musician Mike Ako, illustrated by artist Mel Kadel and featuring a 45rpm single by Mike's band ((SOUNDER)). The book is 8" square, 36 pages on uncoated stock, in a limited run of 500 copies. The music of ((SOUNDER)) is more then a component of musician Michael David Aho's overall creative output. It is the foundation of an all too-inviting world he has constructed - a world filled with bitter ironies, thinly veiled beauty and the threat of a trap door with every footstep. Using thick layers of hand cut paper, Mel Kadel's texture-rich illustrations are often reminiscent of engravings. Her reoccurring characters constantly take on new obstacles and adventures while maintaining a consistent aesthetic, giving her work a long-noted sense of interconnectivity and balance. Kadel's illustrations paired with Aho's original composition have created a landscape of remarkable complexity and depth. The duality of the book as both a piece of art and a songbook creates something captivating for adults and the very young alike.