OPTICAL illusion album art is has been bending the minds of music lovers for decades.
At first glance, the cover for Soulwax’s 2005 album NY Excuse looks like a monochrome grid.
The cover art for Soulwax’s album NY Excuse has been bending minds since its 2005 releaseCredit: Soulwax
If you take a step back and look at it a little further away, you might see both the name of the artist and the album in the top right corner.
Viewers have been appreciating in this headache-inducing illusion for 17 years, especially the difference between the physical and digital media, Creative Bloq reported.
The only option to try and read the words hidden in the grid on a vinyl cover is to step away from it.
But to view it on a screen, you just have to zoom out.
You might even be able to see it immediately through the tiny thumbnail.
Questions have been raised for how this illusion was achieved.
“The white squares inside the text zones are smaller than the outside ones so the black lines are thicker,” Reddit user Kraenerlus suggested.
Another user agreed with this idea.
“I’ve achieved this by doing 2 different halftone sizes, then simply mask one over the other (using type as the mask),” user KingKopaTroopa wrote.
Optical illusions draw sights and freeze brains until the viewer can make sense of what’s happening.
Using illusions for album art is not new.
Paula Scher’s design for 1970s band Boston with upside-down UFO guitars recently had the internet talking and wondering how they missed it for so long.
Similarly in 2009, psychedelic rock band Black Lips released their album 200 Million Thousand with a cover similar to Soulwax.
But instead of the album title and artists, a face in hidden between the lines.
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