ILMX008 Forgotten Machines

Illustration by Alex Riegert-Waters   Website | Dribbble | Instagram

The wind blew so hard two windows shattered. It disturbed the dust that had settled in this lifeless building for who knows how long. There stopped being a need to count the time that had passed. There was no one left to care.

Soft breezes drifted in and danced over instruments stuck to table tops with powdered battery acid, blowing kisses over devices who had long forgotten what they were built to do. They swirled over unhooked telephones abandoned so hastily their lost tones lingered in the air still, pushing their signals into diagonals rays of sunlight.

One after another, brittle sheets of yellowed paper pirouetted on top of a box of discarded half devices and frayed cords. The rapid flurry caught the end of one cord and in that moment, the tiniest spark declared itself as sure as the wind that broke in.

The tingly spark leapt from part to part, coalescing its neighbours until they could support themselves to an upright stance. Whispers of awakened nucleons raced around the room and even before the corps de paper ballet came to their stop, the room was no longer empty.

[To be continued…]


  1. Plone – Press A Key
  2. Com Truise – Data Kiss
  3. B. Fleischmann – Broken Monitors
  4. Small Black – Weird Machines
  5. Odd Nosdam – Kill Tone
  6. The Notwist – Signals
  7. Mouse on Mars – Mine Is in Yours
  8. Traxman – Computer Getto
  9. Harmonic 313 – Cyclotron
  10. Battles – My Machines (Featuring Gary Numan)
  11. Maserati – Inventions
  12. Submerse – Buildingbloks.insert
  13. Plaid – Upgrade

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Artist Bio

  • Alex is a designer & illustrator currently working for Disney in LA. His level of excellence in awe-inspiring, envy-inducing work (in the fields of design, illustration and ukelele jams) is only matched by his weird sense of humour and his nonchalant dismissal of cheeseless pizza crusts.
  • He also wanted me to tell you that sometimes he wishes Kurt Russell would recognize his brilliance and put him in his movies. He only wrote that because he thinks I’ve run out of nice things to say about him, but that’s not true. I’m just saving it for all the future ILMXes he’ll be cranking out.
  • Visit his website where you’ll see even more incredible pieces of art from Alex.

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