Unsound the movie looking at the effect that the digital economy has had on the music business had been completely funded via crowd-sourcing on Indiegogo. They say:
My name is Count. I’ve been producing music for over 20 years. I’ve been fortunate enough to have produced, engineered, and remixed some of the world’s most respected artists (Frank Sinatra, Radiohead, DJ Shadow, The Rolling Stones, New Order, No Doubt, Galactic, Living Colour), plus a lot of great up and coming independent artists (Trombone Shorty,Tycho, Zoe Keating, and more).
Most of you are probably already aware that over the past decade the music business has collapsed. However, I’ve found that most people don’t know the real story behind this dramatic, compelling issue, and how it is affecting all of our lives well beyond just music. So we decided to make this long overdue documentary.
The internet revolution has brought about so many positive changes in our lives, but there is another side to this story that has not only impacted the livelihoods of musicians, but creators of all kinds. Although the music business was hit first in the digital economy, many other industries are not far behind. As the world becomes digital, the work of creators is now at risk. Increasingly all music, books, movies, and media has either been devalued, or is widely available for free illegally online. Right now, the people that create the things that we all love and depend on are struggling more than ever. In just over a decade, creators have watched their work become increasingly devalued, and their ability to survive from their work is in great danger.
So how do the creators of the things that we all love and depend on survive if their work becomes worth less and less? How is this impacting our society? Where do we draw the line in the internet age? What are the consequences of all music becoming free? What about books? Movies? News? How will journalists research the stories, musicians create the songs, and authors write the books that change our lives? As it turns out, free comes at an enormous cost.
This is an incredibly important overlooked story that needs to be told. That’s why I decided to take 2 years away from my career as a music producer to tell this story in the documentary “Unsound”. We are about 90% done shooting and about to start editing. The film contains dozens of amazing interviews from noteworthy journalists, industry experts, and major public figures such as U2/Dave Matthews’ producer Steve Lillywhite, Nine Inch Nails/Marilyn Manson’s Chris Vrenna, US Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Pandora founder Tim Westergren, Diplo, Noam Chomsky, Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, Rolling Stone’s Steve Knopper, Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz, Digital Music News’ Paul Resnikoff, Living Colour’s Vernon Reid, Lawrence Lessig, and countless others. However, the film focuses on the personal stories of 5 central characters: cellist Zoe Keating, indie rock icon David Lowery from the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, Jurassic 5, Tycho, and singer songwriter Rhett Miller. They all have one thing in common which is simply their desire to continue making music that we enjoy, and to be able to make a living from it.
Right now, we are at a critical moment in the internet revolution, and its imperative that we take a critical look at the direction we are heading to make sure that the internet is not just good for a few big corporations and rogue pirates, but is actually sustainable for the creators who make the things that inform and shape our lives. The people who actually make the content that powers the internet.
After a decade of silence, creators of all kinds have finally started speaking out in this film. If we get your support now, we have an opportunity to finish the edit before the end of the year and premier it at some key festivals next year. The timing is crucial in this movement, and this will not only be a critical way to help launch this film, but will make a significant impact in educating the public on a seriously overlooked subject that impacts us all.