Sketches of Sound 4: Dylan Horrocks

This is the fourth occurrence of a relatively new little project, called “Sketches of Sound”: inviting illustrators to sketch something sound-related. I post the drawing as the background of my Twitter account,, and then share a bit of information about the illustrator back on Call it “curating Twitter.”

The above drawing was done for me for this project by Dylan Horrocks, two of whose comics long ago (one in 1994, one in 1999) were part of the series I edited for Tower Records’ Pulse! and Classical Pulse! magazines. (Full list:

Asked to say a bit about himself to accompany his illustration, he wrote: “Some things about me are: My graphic novel Hicksville was recently reissued in a new edition by Drawn & Quarterly. I did 10 issues of Pickle (published by Black Eye) and 3 issues of Atlas (from DQ). I also wrote for DC Comics for a while, ambivalently. Lots of new comics (including serials) can be read at When I was still at school, I did monthly illustrations for my uncle’s monthly jazz column in a NZ magazine. These days I listen to a lot of low-fi stuff. I live in New Zealand.”

2 thoughts on “Sketches of Sound 4: Dylan Horrocks

  1. He did a tremendous job, didn’t he? I’m so pleased to have had both of you in the series. I’ve received the next three entries already.

    The first draft of Horrocks’ showed the album cover, but my goal for these pieces is to have no people in them, and even having one on the cover (as he’d depicted it) seemed too much. He obliged, and sent in this. There’s something interesting about the little highlight lines. They almost seem to reference the codings of player-piano paper rolls.

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