Illustrated Tapes 034: Jupiter 8

Curated by Dream Safari
02.07.19
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Sequenced for front →  back listening.
Dream Safari aka Sam Giles is a graphic artist, printmaker, and graffiti bandit based in Kent, UK.

Hi Sam, can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

This is a miscellaneous selection of 16 dusty synthesized songs. It’s music for those who frequently daydream about drifting through space on a giant Roland Jupiter 8 keyboard. All of the tracks are ethically sourced.

How did you go about the artwork?

I’ve been watching a fair few 80’s cartoons recently, D&D and fantasy shit. So the work seems to be a mash-up of that and the cosmic rhythms of the mix.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

I think as with all of these albums, I was attracted to the artwork on the covers first and that led me to listen to their music.


Black Dice - Repo
2009, Paw Tracks
Artwork: Aaron Warren, Bjorn Copeland, Eric Copeland


I saved up and bought Black Dice - Repo ‘cos it looked and sounded like everything going on in my head when I was off my face at sixteen.


Space - Magic Fly
1977, Vogue
Photography: G. Miller


When I first saw Magic Fly by Space I realised that it was okay to dress up as a spaceman at any age.


The Samps - The Samps
2010, Mexican Summer
Artwork: Eddie Ruscha

The first Samps EP is, (to me) perfection.


James Ferraro - Far Side Virtual
2011, Hippos In Tanks
Artwork uncredited

And that James Ferraro album with all the weird google sounds and shit... When that first came out I genuinel didn’t want to share it with friends cos i thought it was too cool for them.

What did you listen to growing up?

Apparently I used to move around in my mums belly while my dad danced around the living room roaring like Jim Morrison. As a kid I tried to absorb as much as possible. During my tranquillised teenage years, my friends and I woul share music we’d find on the internet and in our dads collections. I watched and listened to a lot of shit from previous decades that would otherwise been lost in lofts. Bloody hell, we literally listened to anything! It’s a bit different now that you have it all in one place on Spotify.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

I run a maker space in Dover, Kent called Future Foundry, helping people with their artistic endeavours. I do a bit of graff, wheatpastes and other stuff. I upcycle clothes and screen print Tshirts, I am writing and creative directing short films, and on top of all that i’m making zines and building Dream Safari as a ‘brand’.

Where can we find you?

︎ dreamsafari.co.uk/
︎ @dream_safari

Cheers Sam!