Gabriel Böhmer creates collage of sleep deprivation for Ber's Rain video

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Gabriel Böhmer creates a collage of sleep deprivation for Ber's Rain music video

The animated, sketchy visuals accompanying Ber's latest track were intended by artist Gabriel Böhmer to represent the unusual thoughts and images triggered by sleep deprivation.

DMP: Rain by Gabriel Böhmer

Böhmer, who is the band's lead singer and songwriter, wanted to take his latest video in a different direction to previous pieces, which were often literal interpretations of the songs they accompanied.

"I thought for this track it would be interesting to go in a different direction and look at some scenes from my book Beetle Days, which was written at the same time," he told Dezeen.

DMP: Rain by Gabriel Böhmer

"There are similar themes throughout my work from this time, and I liked the concept of exploring the connection between them. I think of the end result as a time capsule. It features the song, and story, of a very particular point in time for me."

Böhmer wrote Rain while on a plane from Buenos Aires to Edinburgh. At the time, he was experiencing the effects of sleep deprivation – something he decided to incorporate into the visuals.

DMP: Rain by Gabriel Böhmer

"What I really wanted to capture with the visuals, was the experience of the unusual thoughts and images that come along with sleep deprivation," he said.

"I thought about the visuals over a couple of months while working on other projects, but nothing I came up with felt as though it captured that side of the song."

DMP: Rain by Gabriel Böhmer

His use of colour was inspired by the works of artist Louise Bourgeois, in particular her collection based on insomnia.

"When I saw it, with its visceral use of red, over and again, I immediately connected with the work, and knew that I wanted to use a similar approach in the music video," he said. "It perfectly captured for me the experience of sleeplessness, and then very vivid dreams."

DMP: Rain by Gabriel Böhmer

The animation was made using 100 pages of drawings in a combination of red wax, pencil and charcoal on brown paper. These were scanned to form the 300 individual scenes, which include various close-ups.

To create movement, Böhmer used tracing paper or digital manipulation, while animation was done frame-by-frame in Photoshop. From there, individual scenes were constructed, colour corrected, and edited for timing in Final Cut Pro.

Böhmer's previous videos include an animated series of paper marionettes for the track The Singing Gate.

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