Sonic Warfare

“We’ll come in low out of the rising sun and about a mile out, we’ll put on the music.”
—General Kilgore, Apocalypse Now

The design is based on a mode of camouflage know as ‘dazzle’, which took aspects of cubism, futurism and vorticism into the 1st world war.
The invention of dazzle is usually attributed to the artist Normal Wilkinson who proposed the use of disruptive pattern material to be used in naval camouflage.

Vorticist painter, Edward Wadsworth, also spent WW1 in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on the island of Mudros until invalided out in 1917, designing dazzle camouflage for allied ships. Dazzle was used not to render the ships invisible, “but instead used ideas derived from Vorticism and Cubism to confuse enemy U-Boats trying to pinpoint the direction and speed of travel”.

Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool, 1919.

Optigram’s tropical design for the book, takes dazzle into a vorticist jungle.

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