Coldplay Single-Handedly Revives Baudot Code

Published: 2005-06-09
The apparently nonsensical cover art for Coldplay's recently released X & Y had everyone talking from the moment it was revealed. Now British music rag NME has taken the wonderment one step further by having top art experts analyze the work. Many had described the colourful blocks as Tetris-like, but it turns out the design is actually a 19th century telegraphic code.

Called the Baudot code, first used in 1874 and replaced by Morse code in the 1950s, the configuration used on the cover of X&Y happens to spell out "X & Y." Baudot code appears throughout the liner notes, on the back cover spelling out the slogan "Make Trade Fair," a message Chris Martin has permanently scrawled on his hand.

Easily the most anticipated album of 2005, X&Y was released this past Monday, June 6th, in the UK and the following day in North America. With the album already racking up massive sales after just a few days on the market, everyone on the face of the planet might just own a copy by next week.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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