On the album X&Y
, the colored blocks on the cover are arranged in a code developed in 1874. The code uses visual representations of 1's and 0's in a 5 digit sequence corresponding with particular letters of the alphabet and typographic symbols. It is considered by many to be the first truly digital form of communication and was a primary language used for telegraphy until it was replaced by Morse Code in the 20th Century. To create the code on the cover of the album the colored blocks are arranged in columns. In the left-hand column the black and gray colors are one block, the blank space below it is one block, and the red/orange, orange/green and green/blue combinations below are each one block. A colored block represents a 1 in the binary code and a blank block is a 0. Reading down, the code in the first column is 10111 which represents the letter "X." The far right column reads 10101, the code for the letter "Y." The columns in the middle represent the "&" portion of the album title. The colors have no particular meaning and are only included for aesthetic reasons. To explore the code further, check out the liner notes of the album that include a full chart of the Baudot alphabet.
Bertrand - Paris, France