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  • Billie Ray Martin 'Five Takes (A Song About Andy)' - Cargo Records UK

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    Billie Ray Martin 'Five Takes (A Song About Andy)'


    Billie Ray Martin releases this eight panel deluxe DVD, featuring five movies inspired by Andy Warhol‘s Screen Tests and printed in colour and silver metallic. The song ‘On Borrowed Time’ deals with Warhol’s fictional confession, in which he reflects on his existence and a life he always experienced as less than real. With music by electronic producer and soul singer Colin Waterson, who is riding high on the airwaves with his single ‘When You Tell Me That You Love Me'.

    Billie and Colin wanted to create a track based mostly on drums and noise. Colin had created a lovely track with different keyboard parts. Billie kept telling him to remove it all and just keep the “weird bits” and do “more of those”. What Colin then came back with surpassed all expectations, and Billie was immediately inspired to lay down the usual five takes that she records of any vocal. She never rehearses songs or vocals after they've been written, so this was the perfect vehicle to illustrate the process.

    The five different versions have each been set to five differing but connected arrangements, and released here as  five short films directed by Joern Hartmann. With a brief to do something inspired by Warhol’s Screen Tests, shooting took place at the Art'otel Berlin, a hotel dedicated to Warhol and featuring over 220 of his artworks. Hartmann took it a few notches further. He researched what old film material looked like when exposed to light, left sitting on shelves too long etc. He then went to get the effects he needed and created his own variations on the given themes.

    1. On Borrowed Time (Take 1)
    2. On Borrowed Time (Take 2)
    3. On Borrowed Time (Take 3)
    4. On Borrowed Time (Take 4)
    5. On Borrowed Time (Take 5)

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