Real World Records is 25 years old and is marking the occasion with the release of a 3CD set. I’ve been rummaging in the dark corners of the archives to put this video together, giving a taste of the label.
When most of your work exist in the ephemeral digital world, it’s particularly exciting when some physical proof of your labour arrives. It’s just done that in the form of the Back to Front book - 60-ish pages of photographs with two films on DVD or Blu-ray and two audio CDs from Peter Gabriel’s shows at London’s O2 last year.
I’ve had a rich variety of jobs on Back to Front, so I can still be found in the digital world - in the interface design, the end credit sequences and in some of the cutaway shots of the audience in Hamish Hamilton’s film. I was able to switch between stills and motion through the magic of Canon’s 1DC - 4K DSLR.
The book was put together by Real World designer Marc Bessant with the teams at Real World Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment. I can’t even claim sole responsibility for filling the pages with photographs as one Peter Gabriel has also been busy with his camera, so it’s good to know it will have a life beyond the sporadic records of The Wayback Machine and that for once I don’t have to worry about the backup - although of course, that’s not entirely true.
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