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Optical illusion in band’s album cover reveals hidden message

OPTICAL illusion’s album cover has turned music lovers’ heads for decades.

At first glance, the cover art of Soulwax’s 2005 album NY Excuse looks like a monochrome grid.

The cover of the Soulwax album NY Excuse has caused a stir since its release in 2005

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The cover of the Soulwax album NY Excuse has caused a stir since its release in 2005Photo credit: Soulwax

If you step back and look a little further away, you might see both the artist’s name and the album in the top-right corner.

For 17 years, viewers have appreciated the difference between physical and digital media in this headache-inducing illusion, Creative Bloq reported.

The only way to read the words hidden in the grid on a vinyl cover is to step away from it.

But to view it on a screen, all you have to do is zoom out.

You might even be able to see it right away through the tiny thumbnail.

Questions have been raised as to 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 achieved this by creating two different halftone sizes and then simply masking one over the other (using text as the mask),” wrote user KingKopaTroopa.

Optical illusions draw sights and freeze brains until the viewer can comprehend what is happening.

The use of illusions for album covers is not new.

Paula Scher’s design for the 1970s band Boston featuring inverted UFO guitars recently sparked conversation around the internet, wondering how they’ve missed it for so long.

Similar 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 artist, there is a face hidden between the lines.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/17861701/optical-illusion-album-cover-hidden-message/ Optical illusion in band’s album cover reveals hidden message

Dais Johnston

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