Marc Bessant

graphic art and design studio@marcbessant.com

‘Prevenge’ Original Soundtrack by Toydrum

Artwork, design, film, Music


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‘Prevenge’ – A pitch black, wryly British comedy, which follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that’s as funny as it is vicious. It’s her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth’s actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. (And if you watch close enough you might even catch a glimpse of yours truly). The music is great, as one would expect from Toydrum, so I was very happy to take on the sleeve design. The idea was to have a record that looked maniacally vandalised so I took the assets and scratched, drew and generally treated them without care. The inner-gatefold are pages from Ruth’s ‘kill book’ which appears in the film, all ripped, crushed and presented for your pleasure. Go see the film, Alice (Lowe) is a real talent (and a lovely person) then go buy the soundtrack, you won’t be disappointed.

Chick Corea – The Musician LP

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Design for Chick Corea’s ‘The Musician’, a triple LP of recordings from the 2016 Month-long residency at the New York Blue Note Club (see previous poster post) featuring just about everyone who’s anyone in Jazz.

Mario Batkovic LP

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Mario Batkovic is a Swiss virtuoso solo accordion player born in Bosnia. His playing can be challenging and experimental, yet it maintains a masterfully beautiful quality. Wanting to avoid the usual clichés, the sleeve is an extreme close up of the accordion almost to the point of minimalist ambiguity which, hopefully, reflects the sounds enclosed. Mario Batkovic’ double LP is available from Invada Records here

Charlotte Hatherley – True Love LP

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Design for Charlotte Hatherley’s new album ‘True Love’. A very Tarkovsky inspired bit of sci-fi realism for this Gatefold sleeve (with coloured vinyl) utilising stills from Charlottes latest video.  More about Charlotte Hatherley here

Peter Gabriel Vinyl Soundtracks

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Continuing with the remastered to vinyl re-releases of Peter Gabriel’s albums come three of his soundtracks – ‘Passion – Music to The Last Temptation of Christ’, ‘Birdy’, and ‘Long Walk Home’. Once again I reverse engineered the original, existing albums – rescanning, cleaning, going back to original sources to get visual assets as good as possible for all parts.

Aurellio – Durandi

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Worked with prolific mark-maker, illustrator and all round nice guy Ben Tallon to put together a book/album for Honduran musician Aurellio Martinez 30th Anniversary album ‘Durandi’ available on RealWorld records. Description and more of Ben’s photos here

Real World Records Vinyl Re-Issues

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Real World Records are re-issuing several classic albums from their extensive catalogue on vinyl, see/hear/read more about the first batch here > http://realworldrecords.com/vinyl-reissues/

 

Rock Paper Scissors on the road

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RPS poster

 

It’s been a frantic few weeks making posters, merchandise, tour books, various other printed matter (and even a small contribution to making the screen-video with the good folks at the RCA) but the Peter Gabriel & Sting North America Tour is now off and rolling…

and breathe….

Chick Corea 75th Birthday bash at the Blue Note, NYC

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CC_BlueNote75th

 

Should be quite a few weeks for jazz-fans at the Blue Note, NYC come October/November when Chick Corea celebrates his 75th birthday with a number of shows there – what a line-up. I’ve worked with Chick for some time now, and was very pleased to be asked to do the poster for the event (above). Happy Birthday Mr C.

Peter Gabriel Vinyl Reissues

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PG1-3

 

Much is being made of the current resurgence in vinyl, I for one am very much in favour of it (and have never considered it dead). The reissue market is also on the rise, even the trendiest clothes shops have small record sections devoted to yesterdays hip -and music, even the old stuff is always somebody elses new stuff. Of late I have been involved in the process of a number of such reissues, with the latest being for Peter Gabriel – his first four self-titled albums having been half-speed remastered (a process I can’t explain) and set to be rereleased as 2xvinyl in gatefold sleeves, very nice too. The first part of the art/design process was getting hold of the artwork of the time, fortunately much had been archived by the original designers Hipgnosis/Storm Thorgerson and Peter himself, and most was in pretty good condition. I set about getting all the original parts rescanned and photographed at hi-res, determined that if the music was getting a spit-and-polish then the sleeves ought to too. I had grown up looking at these record sleeves (I have a distinct memory of being wowed by the PG1 ‘Car’ cover in the window of Bullough Bros. Electrical on Portishead High Street when I was about 6!) and it was marvellous having the chance to see the original works in detail – the scalpel-scratched water droplets on the car bonnet of PG1, the tippexed and paper tears on the scratches of PG2, and the smudged, scraped and, frankly, vandalised polaroids of PG3 –  it’s amazing to examine the process up close and see the ‘idea’ remain so pure throughout. Thats what I love most about these covers, they were idea led, sure there must have been marketing departments and the like but one senses from the energy they still exude that they were born out of passion for both music and design, the rest fell in behind, certainly ‘focus groups’ were as far from thought as the Apple iMac I type this on, and it shows. Wonderful art for new music. The first four Peter Gabriel albums are available now from the odd record shop, the giant internet shops and even from the man himself at petergabriel.com/vinyl