Published Nov 14, 2016David Bowie delivered a powerful final statement with this year's Blackstar before passing away, and the album continues to mystify fans. In the spring, it was discovered that putting the LP sleeve in the sun could expose a secret starfield, and now the record's designer Jonathan Barnbrook has revealed that there are still a few hidden tricks that have yet to be uncovered.
When asked about the album's magical sun-exposed stars in an interview on BBC Radio 6 yesterday (November 13), Barnbrook said, "There's actually a few other things, as well."
"Actually, there's one big thing which people haven't discovered yet on the album," he added. "Let's just say, if people find it, they find it, and if they don't, they don't. And remember what Bowie said about not explaining everything."
Unsurprisingly, this set fans off in a frenzy to discover what else lies within physical copies of the album — and some have already found success.
Twitter user Matt (@RobboRobson21) tested his copy under a blacklight with some surprisingly neat results.
"You can blame Mary Anne Hobbs! She had Jonathan Barnbrook (Bowie's long time collaborator) on her show and they were talking about the fact that there's still uncovered secrets within the artwork," he told Vinyl Factory. "It had been bugging me all day….then I had a thought; Blackstar + Blacklight = Something cool? Turned out that it worked!"
You may have heard what happens if you expose it to sunlight. Well, it turns out that if you put the Blackstar LP under a blacklight.... pic.twitter.com/WvDg7xkF8t— Matt (@RobboRobson21) November 13, 2016
Barnbrook hasn't confirmed that it was one of his intended illusions, but it sounds like there is still more sleuthing to be done regardless, which is sure to keep Bowie fans enthralled with Blackstar for some time to come.
Listen to the interview with Barnbrook below.