The prominent artist of the Low Brow school, Ausgang came to my attention in the mid-90ies thanks to my unofficial musical guru Pete Kember. After the Spacemen 3 disbanded, the former art student went on an even further psychedelic journey with his new ventures Spectrum and Experimental Audio Research (E.A.R.). Re-introducing our minds to the likes of Delia Derbyshire or La Monte Young a good decade before The Wire magazine decided these musicians were noteworthy, Sonic Boom (Kember’s alias) hid his references behind a truckload of cryptic imagery, the most striking being the odd Anthony Ausgang cover art perplexing the candid music enthusiast furthermore. Throughout the years, I began to understand Sonic Boom’s antics in a deeper way, and along the way Ausgang’s as well.
Sure most people now know him for his MGMT cover art for the Congratulation LP (produced by Sonic Boom!), and he’s now well accepted by the fine art people, but every now and then, some new music manages to get into my hands (and ears!) thanks to some delicious Ausgang art.
Here’s a sample of those records that have proven mystically beautiful, for the most part