What Difference Does It Make?

2014, Performing Arts  -   17 Comments
Ratings: 7.52/10 from 56 users.

This is a film about making music. It gets to the bottom of what is needed to be a musician and contemplates on some of the fundamental questions of life itself. It investigates the difficulties that a life in music can create.

Shot by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg, the film genuinely inquires many challenges, phases of progress and accomplishments that musicians experience.

Everyone is a musician, everyone has an innate appreciation of music, it's our highest mathematics, it's our greatest language, and it's where the word ends. Each person has a different thing that influences them or inspires them. It might be a Warner Brothers cartoon, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix... or it might be an ordinary seagull. The relation with music is really centered on the feeling of being young adult or a teenager, fascinated and obsessed with it, trying to discover what is behind it, where is it coming from.

Stubbornness is an important part of being an artist. Stubborn is when you insist on doing something... but stubbornness in some artists is "negative"... they often insisting on not having a job. They intimately know that they don't want an ordinary job, so they're going to art schools. You can't make a living out of art, god given talent and all that stuff... but it takes quite a journey to get to live normal life out of art.

You have to be willing to be nobody to become somebody. Just posing as an artist ain't gonna cut it. You have to be able to go to the dots that connect you, to the ultimate escape, and connect them, understanding that the painfully circuitous route may still bring you to a new continent, to a new place that you never expected to see. If you think about the things we like doing... sex, drugs, art, religion for example... they're all forms of surrender, they're all ways in which we stop being in control and we start being a part of a bigger entity.

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17 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Dattatreya

    Some sorry ass music ... for the most part ...

    As for Dj's , they're not musicians !!!

  2. Julie Kirby

    Can't watch it, says it's a private video

  3. Chuck

    Music.... Not to appear narcissistic.... But... Plugging in a Moog and being told to turn that off told by my bandmates, at the time, didn't get the bigger picture. Music can become a job.
    Being onstage with or opening for many artists gave me a clear view of the magic within. I was privy to many that were floating on clouds but weren't able to look down at those looking up at them.
    The title of this doc says it all. Music is a personal endeavor. No one has to like it and to create it is not giving of your heart or what's inside. Its tearing it open and let whatever comes in, in.
    If you expect someone to like what you create then it's lost in the creation itself.

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  5. charley coryn

    Awesome...... don't miss this one, y'all.

  6. Airvaulting for Girls

    "Music begins where words end."
    That's really all I've got to say about it.

    1. oQ

      "Where words leave off, music begins."
      That's really all i've got to say about it.

    2. Airvaulting for Girls

      For real. It's a good thing, too. A really good thing, as matter of fact, isn't it? Because there's far more language written into the human heart than can ever be put into words, by whatever masters of words have ever been born or ever could be. Good music (and that obviously really means whichever kind it is you consider to be good music) can allow us to access the inexpressible in us, which is one of the most fundamental conditions of being human, that we have that "deficiency" we feel such a deep need to overcome somehow. To just connect, might be a good way of putting it, I guess. The ecstasy of song celebrates the ecstasy of being alive, or can create the feeling of it, depending, bringing us a little closer to really comprehending what a strange and wonderful thing it is that we are here at all, little carbon spawns of stardust able to look up in wonder and listen to and for something that might really be immortal and infinite, after all. Take a look at how important musical expression has been in every culture, and then try to convince me that it isn't just as important as anything we can say in words. I think you'd have a very hard time doing it...

      Well, uhh, wow... pausing here and rereading all that, kinda looks like I had more to say about it, after all, doesn't it? Lol. Really, if I did, I didn't mean to come off sounding so high-falutin', but... it is a subject I feel strongly about, and I feel sure you'll understand what I was getting at, anyway.

    3. pwndecaf

      The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scots as a joke; but the Scots haven't got the joke yet. ~Oliver Herford

    4. Airvaulting for Girls

      The Scots always were a damned wise people, you know it?

  7. Thedudebro

    Very boring, good luck

  8. Kansas Devil

    Yes. Music is a selfish thing musicians share with others hoping to find a place to belong.

    1. Baldershymn

      Hehe, that was a super ignorant statement. It´s a no-brainer what your next life will be :)

    2. Bruce Black

      You're obviously not a musician... :|

  9. jaberwokky

    Absolutely wonderful and a breath of fresh air. Then again, anything with Brian Eno gets my vote every time. This one is full of the insights and advice I wish I had gotten during my bohemian years. Then I wouldn't have had to learn the hard way about surrender. Being a control demon will only get you so far with music before you eventually realise you have to give in to the music if you want to go the distance.

    "Your song still needs a chorus,
    I know you'll figure it out.
    The rising of the verses,
    A change of key will let you out"
    - Strange Overtones - David Byrne & Brian Eno

  10. Cody Bohler

    SO many amazing artists lending their thoughts in this one. As odd as it may seem, Red Music Academy never disappoints.

  11. ~Oliver B Koslik Esq

    This is a great doc, it seems chock full of fresh talent.
    Although I do have 10GB of Chillstep on my mp3 atm, the genre(s) portrayed aren't exactly my forte.

    I'll stick with the chillstep, as getting all polluted & grindin with sweaty dimes isn't really worth the effort for me these days ...who knows people change... maybe I'll have a second wind in my up & coming mid-life crisis ;-p

    I'm sure Emily would adore this one though.
    +1 improv Leroy Webb!