I do album covers for my ambient composer friends. This one, "The Meeting of the Waters," will be released later this year. The composer, who uses the artist name "Tange" (from his fondness for electronic band Tangerine Dream) is from Scotland and has an internet radio show on Stillstream.com. I've done a similar cover for his "Chasing Rain Drops." Rainy Scotland must inspire watery music.
In the online world of ambient music, these "album covers" are almost never professionally printed. No physical CD changes hands, only downloadable files containing the music and the graphics for the CD package. If the listener cares, he or she can print out all the graphics and put the CD together themselves. Sometimes the "album cover" makes it into the display of an iPod along with the music, though I've not figured out why my iPod accepts and shows some of these and not others. This is the new world of recorded music, where plastic discs or tapes gather dust in cluttered apartments while the listener enjoys sounds on computers or player devices.
"The Meeting of the Waters" cover image is 4.75" x 4.75", the size of a CD "jewel case." Photoshop, January 15, 2011.