AUDIO-VISUAL

Format: VHS
Released: April 1990
Label: Virgin Records
Catalogue: MHVHS1

Artist: Martin Hall
Music and lyrics: Martin Hall
Producer: Martin Hall, Henrik Möll
Director: Henrik Möll
Design: Birgitte Wester
Photo: Henrik Möll

INDEX

1. Beat of the Drum 4:54
2. Real Thing 5:37
3. Theme 4:34
4. Point Within Circle 4:00
5. Counterpoint 1:24
6. Dome 1:30
7. 8 6:26
8. Erosion 4:33

LYRICS

Real Thing

River deep, mountain high
Out of the blue

As pure as the real thing
The state and the feeling
It leaves me no doubt of what needs to be done
A thunder’s been raging
A choice has been taken
To never look back
To be one of the few

While all things must pass
A fire will burn, purify – never change
It’s seen in the sky
As there’s so much more to this than meets the eye
It’s something within
The longing inside is the drive that allows
The work to be done

River deep, mountain high
A shadow inside
In the light of a greatness from which none can hide
Out of the blue, into the fire
And I’m stronger than ever in my one surrender
A red storm arising
Now I know what I want
And I know how to get it
It’s calling within and without

As pure as the real thing
The state and the feeling
It leaves me no doubt of what needs to be done
A thunder’s been raging
A choice has been taken
To never look back
To be one of the few

I know it ’cause I feel it
I don’t need no further proof to believe it
There’s a guiding light
Burning inside out
As pure as the real thing

I return
In the light of the sun
A shadow is cast of a moment in time
Like turns of the tide
In the still of the night it begins
What is is to be

Beat of the Drum

Now one day I woke up to some rules of life
That a serious heart needs a light mind to survive
That if you only hope you won’t get very far
‘Cause dreams call for action

No matter what you want the way is to begin
‘Cause knowing all about it is not the living thing
And those who sit and ask for great things all the time
Well I hope they’ve sorted out the many small things on the line

A focus inside out
The still of the centre
You must live by demand
But also surrender

As the beat of the drum beats the ghosts on the run
So the beat of my heart keeps me wondering
Now it’s been said this world is a stage
Well then if that is true
It’s an unwritten play
That makes being a becoming

It’s so easy seen when it’s someone else
But are you any better when you’re by yourself
‘Cause in this hall of mirrors you’re in a counterpoint
Where it takes one to recognize one

Now there are those who say that life is hard and then you die
Well petty leads to pity if you do not wonder why
‘Cause the way to solve a problem is to get a bigger one
So to those who cry for freedom
Well there’s working to be done

Theme

Regain your human rights
Surviving
The countdown
Face the fact

Born to die

Cut down to black and white
Love under will

Musicians

Flemming Nygaard: keyboards
Lotte Grundlev: backing vocals
Martin Hall: vocals, keyboards, guitar
Tina Schæfer: backing vocals

Filmed at Riot & Rota and Feltwave 1988–1989.

Info

Audio-Visual is a Martin Hall videocassette release (VHS) made in collaboration with Riot & Rota, a production company owned by Henrik Möll. The latter was the visual designer at the D-Day project (Club Roskilde) at the Roskilde Festival and later founder of Club Mantra. Martin Hall and Henrik Möll had previously worked together in music group collaborations such as And Then Again and SS-Say.

The VHS contained the videos for the Martin Hall singles “Beat of the Drum” and “Real Thing” as well as a series of coherent, more abstract visual works entitled The Point of No Return.