Automatic Music Can Be Fun


Automatic Music Can be Fun is an album by Mike Brown & Zac Decamp (who form the band Geneseo) about personal experiences in Upstate New York. The unique fold-out package features lyrics hidden beneath scratch-off material. I designed layout, typography, textures, illustrations & created a short poem from the cut-out areas where the lyrics peek though which the band used to create a secret 11th song. The album has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Recording Package 2014. Read on for the full scoop!


The package for Geneseo’s album is like one big scratch-off ticket.  The band’s name and other illustrative elements are printed in scratch-off material.  And if you want to read along with the lyrics to the ten songs on the record, you’ll have to do some scratching off to get to them.

But here’s the cool part… as part of the design process, the art directors selected key words and phrases from each of the album’s ten songs and kept them uncovered. When read together, the selected words and phrases create poetry.

These “composite” lyrics were shared with the band, serving as inspiration for a new track… a song born directly from the design of the packaging.  Geneseo wrote music to accompany the new set of lyrics, and then recorded this eleventh song, titling it “Automatic Music Can Be Fun.”

When you follow clues included in the packaging, you’re led to a free download of the design-inspired bonus track at


CLIENT: Mike Brown & Zac Decamp

ART DIRECTION: Myself, Brian Grunert, Mike Brown & Zac Decamp

AWARDS: 2014 Grammy Nominee Best Recording Package

Photo Documentation courtesy of IMG_INK

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It’s been quite an exciting 2017!
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And my work for Automatic Music Can Be Fun was recently featured in Communication Arts 2014 Design Annual!!

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GRAMMY Nomination for Best Recording Package! with Automatic Music Can Be Fun!

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Hi. I’m ANNIE STOLL, and I’m an explorer. I’m also a DESIGNER & ART DIRECTOR

For me, no adventure is too small. I hail from the rust-belt town called Buffalo,
but I’ve left behind the ice and snow for the concrete jungles, bright night skies and killer graphic design of NYC. I draw, paint, splatter, code, cut, scratch and collage my way through life, and you’ll find me in my element when knee-deep
in hand-made typography and print based designs.

In 2014, I was nominated for a Grammy along with my White Bicycle comrades for design work on Automatic Music Can Be Fun. I currently work at Sony Music Entertainment as an art director. I’ve freelanced for Lucasfilm for merchandise as well as illustrations for Sabine: My Rebel Sketchbook. I always have a few other personal projects and gigs going on, too.

You’ll find all of my credentials HERE. I’m always up for a new adventure.

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