Marc Bessant

graphic art and design studio@marcbessant.com

This Train I Ride / Original Soundtrack by Warren Ellis

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The Australian musician (Dirty Three, Bad Seeds, Grinderman) has scored a number of high-profile films (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Hell or High Water, The Road) and his latest score – ‘This Train I Ride’ is for a documentary film directed by Arno Bitschy.

“…My idea was to record, collate and produce the music on trains, in the spirit of the women in this documentary. Brian was so encouraging with this approach and told me about a train journey he had taken in the 80’s with no fixed destination. Over the next month I sat with my computer, loops, iPhone, Reface DX synthesiser and forgotten ideas and composed the music on the Metro and Eurostar and in various hotels while working on Ghosteen. I would send the pieces to Arno from the train, or wherever I was located, and he edited them into the film.” – Warren Ellis

The film tells the story of women hopping freight trains around America and follows the life-journeys of these women living on the fringe in a rapidly changing country, in their quest for identity, freedom and finding their place in the world.

I really enjoyed watching this film, listening to the score and consequently doing the design. Motion was the most important aspect I wanted to convey in the artwork – motion of the trains, the people, the landscapes and the sense of time passing on your own terms. The film is rich with wonderful imagery of an America we rarely see on out televisions. I was keen the sleeve art should be abstract, and fortunately so was Warren and Arno, so I set about taking screen grabs from the edit – blurry, glitchy, but alive with movement.

All About Eve – Original Music by PJ Harvey

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Released by Invada Records, original music by PJ Harvey, composed for the acclaimed stage production of ‘All About Eve’.
LP (and CD) design incorporates photography from the play, as well as behind-the-scenes images and notes from PJ Harvey. This really is a beautiful sounding record which was a pleasure to work on whilst listening to. >

HANNA

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Season One – Original Soundtrack

From Invada Records & Lakeshore Records comes the soundtrack to Amazon Prime’s ‘HANNA: Season 1’ on 2 x LP. Black & Grey splatter effect on White Vinyl housed in deluxe heavyweight gatefold Sleeve. For the first time, composers Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow were able to put together a team of musicians to work together to form a collaborative score for the whole series. The soundtrack consists of songs by Karen O and Beak>, plus an original score by Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow plus additonal composers The Insects, Simon Ashdown and Yann McCullough. 

I was supplied with assets from the series and after a couple of false starts (AP thought the early ideas were too ‘horror’) we arrived at the image you see below.

Josh Wynter – Liminality

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I was approached by award-winning composer Josh Wynter to create the cover art for his new digital album ‘Liminality’. Josh was keen to present his music in the ‘contemporary classical / alternative’ sphere whilst giving a nod to an organic, natural palette. On listening I could see why, cinematic strokes and delicate details, his music certainly makes good pictures. We were keen to explore the ‘space in-between’ or portals between worlds, we looked at reflections and geometric shapes in various environments until eventually settling on a photograph I took at Morte Hoe in Devon, UK a couple of years ago; The palette really worked, the drama and the beauty was apparent and so I set about slicing the image up in order to mirror different sections, it had to look wrong (in a good way) but also intriguing, like something super-natural that may have always been there, something photo/graphic. We worked on lots of versions but when this one came along it just felt right.

Joshs music can be heard on various TV/Film and over at https://www.joshwynter.com

WOMAD Festival Cáceres poster 2018. 

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WOMAD are a client I have worked with for some time now, with music festivals all over the world.

This poster for one that takes place annually in the beautiful medieval walled city of Cáceres.

Woodblock print and bright primary colours keeping it craft-y and buoyant – just like the event itself.

Absence

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Woah! haven’t been taking care of this blog lately at all, my apologies; Suffice to say it hasn’t been because Ive been sat around twiddling my thumbs, quite the opposite in fact and I will post some images of new and new-old work shortly – though not necessarily in the right order..

Malachai shot and stuffed

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Here’s an idea I’d had tapping at my window for quite some time, but I was always waiting for the right artist to come along, so in the sketch bank it went – up until about a month ago – when myself and photographer Toby Farrow had a crack at making it happen. The location was Bristol Museum, who were extremely helpful (we even got a tour of the vaults too) and the right artist was ‘Malachai’. The band and their label were totally behind the idea and in a very small amount of time Toby did a fantastic job getting the shot together. Patience and persistence. love it.

‘WOMAD at Bristol Zoo’ poster

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Exactly as it says on the tin – A poster for ‘WOMAD at Bristol Zoo’.

Started a while ago, passed from cage to cage and completed today.

Reject of the Week (and its only monday)

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WOMAD will be returning to Cáceres in Extremadura, Spain for the twentieth year this May and i was asked to pitch for the poster design, a first draft of which is shown above.

Some background – the ’emblem’ of Cáceres is a stork so i thought i’d get the woodblocks out and give it a go along the lines of the old style travel posters but alas it wasn’t to be, and now it sits atop the reject pile, shame because i quite liked this one….

OXO=?

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November has seen me fortunate enough to have a couple of pieces included in an exhibition of album cover art/design being held at the OXO Gallery, London.

Dates: 18 November 2010 – 9 January 2011
Opening times: 11am-6pm
Admission: FREE
Venue: gallery@oxo Oxo Tower Wharf,
South Bank, London SE1 9PH

More details on ‘The Art of the Album’ can be found here