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Coldplay Cover Art

Jun 10, 2005
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Xy

What’s with the funky album cover art on the new Colplay album, X&Y?

Apparently, a group of art experts have figured it out. 

Turns out that it’s a 19th-century telegraphic code known as the Baudot Code or the International Telegraph Code Number One – which was used in teletype machines in the late 1800′s. 

What does it say?            

X&Y.

Ahh…But of course!

(Thanks to Yahoo News and the i am paradox blog.)


6 Responses to “Coldplay Cover Art”

  1. bob Franquiz says:

    It looks like a cross between Tetris and a Rubic’s Cube.

  2. Dan Price says:

    thanks for the post. yeah it’s been a tough couple months here. I’m sorry to hear about your dad. It’s hard to place loss in this life. It’s hard to know what to do with it. I can say that honestly the community around us has been God’s hands to us in this time though. Thanks man.
    Oh, and My dad was a pastor also, I’m a worship leader at a pretty sweet church.
    dan price
    http://www.eriv.net
    http://www.danprice.net
    dan@eriv.net

  3. kate says:

    I definitely thought – ooh, Tetris!

  4. i wondered what that was. glad you took the time to figure that out! :-)

  5. Paul Higby says:

    Late 1800s? I was using this with military TeleType machines (TTYs) up until I was discharged in 1980! There was an 8-level “baudot” code (not really “Baudot”, per se, but by then the name had caught on) coming into play in the newer TTYs by the time I left the service. Some of these machines are in use at the San Francisco Coast Goard CommSta on Pt Reyes in California. That and the Coast Guard Radioman School that was in Petaluma CA are the only two places I ever saw the newer TTYs. The code was punched into a paper tape. So if we wanted to test the punches and the reader, we’d make a tape that said RYRYRYRYR — that alternates between using the 1, 3 and 5 level punchas, and using the 2 and 4 level punches.
    Thanks Scott.

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