Es geht voran! Die neue deutsche Tanzmusik
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Rafael Nascimento made the digitization of Black Body in August 2020 entitled Volume Dealers.
Thanks for the pointer, Jay! There is also Mekon, drawn by Jonathan Hill and released by The Northern Block Ltd in 2010. Annoyingly Hill doesn’t give credit to Peter Steiner. I’m glad to see that Nascimento discloses his sources.
Volume Dealers takes a few liberties with the model, and incorporates a second source of inspiration: the cover lettering from Black Sabbath’s Vol 4 album (1972). See also Ryan Corey’s VolumeFour (2018) for another fontification of this piece of lettering. Volume Dealers lacks Black Body’s angled terminals in E F T. The numerals are also quite different. Nascimento’s interpretation comes with a number of alternates, but among the two f’s or the three j’s, none matches the original. It covers the monocular a and the respective glyph from the Black Sabbath cover, but not Steiner’s alternate double-storey form. Most curiously, neither Mekon or Volume Dealers offer a match for Black Body’s cute e. The image below shows, from left to right, Black Body, Mekon and Mekon Alt, and the three e’s from Volume Dealers.
Volume Dealers is a welcome addition, and since it comes for free (under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license), I won’t be too picky. I still think there’s room for a straightforward and complete digital revival of Black Body, ideally with Steiner’s blessing!