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Anthony Braxton’s Trillium E

Design for American composer Anthony Braxton's Trillium E CD box set.

Project Type: CD Box Set and Booklet

Launched: August 2011

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The Avant-What?

Composer, professor, and musical guru Anthony Braxton is one of Spruce’s oldest clients. His non-profit arts organization The Tri-Centric Foundation makes use of our services in web development, digital design, and most recently print layout for the deluxe box set edition of Braxton’s epic opera Trillium E.

Anthony Braxton's Trillium E

Yes, People Still Buy CDs

We helped with the full package here, from CD box to disc design to booklet fonts and layout. We’ve got our grubby little paw prints on every page, and we’re thrilled with the result. Braxton’s visual aesthetic lands somewhere between the scribbles of a quirky kindergardener and the out of this world proclivities of an even weirder Sun Ra. Needless to say, we fit right in.

Anthony Braxton's Trillium E

Anthony Braxton's Trillium E


If we were raised with this in mind as the normal paradigm for opera, we might have paid a bit more attention in music class. The booklet is packed with libretto text, score reproductions, full page photographs, and musician information. It was a wonderful challenge to fit it all in, but we couldn’t be more proud of the result.

Anthony Braxton's Trillium E

Anthony Braxton's Trillium E


Talk to Us

Wise men have said, "All good things must come to an end", and so it was with Spruce. We began our first project in 2006, and completed our last in Fall 2013. It's been a wonderful experience, but now it's time to begin the next adventure.

Though...we wouldn't want to leave you hanging, now would we? Here are our top recommendations for world-class branding, design, and web development:

  • Kristina (KJ) Parish and Beam Collective:
    KJ provided the artistic vision that allowed Spruce to succeed, and we still think she's the greatest designer in the entire world. She's started a new collective with some talented developers, and is covering much the same territory as Spruce--design and development all under one roof, with a caliber of service and professionalism seldom seen in this business or any other. If you like what you see on the Spruce site, then definitely get in touch with KJ at kj@beamcollective.com
  • Permanent Art & Design
    Permanent is a nationally recognized design & branding firm out of Minneapolis, MN. They've been a long term collaborator and strategic partner over the past couple years, and we'd recommend them for medium to large sized businesses/organizations who are serious about putting their best foot forward. In addition to design, Permanent offers strategy and marketing services, plus in-house and networked developers. For more information contact Joseph Belk joseph@permanentadg.com
  • Nate Thompson
    A freelancer, Nate reminds us of ourselves back in the day. Smart, communicative, and skilled, Nate is our recommendation for small to medium sized businesses/organizations who have sites built on Wordpress or other open source content management solutions. With a background in both design and development, he's a one-stop shop for most web-related tasks. You can get in touch at nate.a.thompson@gmail.com
  • Kevin DeBernardi
    Designer turned developer, Kevin is embarking on a freelance web career after working as the in-house designer at the Museum of the City of New York. He's adept at translating his design ideas into custom PHP code, and is constantly expanding his technical palette. Kevin's a good choice for projects that don't quite fit into the Wordpress mold, and that would benefit from a consistency of presence and vision from design through execution. Kevin can be reached at kevin@analoglifestyle.com