Ebba SINZINGER (WILDart Film), Vincent LUCASSEN (WILDart Film), Karl BAUMGARTNER (PALLAS FILM), Thanassis KARATHANOS (PALLAS FILM)
In the sound studio of the Vienna Symphonic Library (VSL) director and former wannabe rock star Werner Boote realizes that little if anything in today’s music is real. That almost none of the big stars record their songs while playing live with other musicians. Instead, they would rather work with the VSL, the Ferrari of music software, which does precisely what it’s told without complaining. Which doesn’t get sick or tired. Doesn’t need to take five. No beer. No coke. And we still have visions of musicians in our head when listening to the radio or a concert, when hearing music from movie-theater loudspeakers or a CD player! In reality, however, almost all of it—whether classical, rap or Afropop, jazz or a symphony—is played by a few Viennese musicians who aren’t sure themselves what work’s being played. Old-time rocker Boote sets off to visit his idols and demand explanations, like a cheated lover. The first is Beyoncé, who he really likes. Will he succeed in getting a foot in her door to find out what’s fake and what’s real about her? Will he convince Jennifer Lopez to let him be there when she records her next album? Will he sweat with his favorite Hollywood composers, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and Harald Kloser, when they present their latest work to the industry moguls? Will he successfully urge shooting star Nicki Minaj, the bright, in-your-face rapping Barbie, to return to the musical ghetto? Or philosophize with Babyface about purity in music, Maria Carey, Madonna and the rest in a white Caddy going 200 mph around the Indianapolis Speedway? Will he get Alexandre Astier to sit down at a piano with him and write a new theme for his swashbuckling series? Or will Saleif Keita throw away his composition software and jam with some friends until they come up with a new song? You will see that Boote has his hands full on this search for the true, the real, and the genuine. “You have to feel the music when you play it!” is what he believes, and Boote feels just like he did 30 years ago in mom’s garage. Will he win this battle? There’s a real danger the software will corrupt him. Will Boote be able to resist the temptation to direct an orchestra in his bathrobe? With five Stradivariuses, all bowed and plucked by the brilliant Till Brönner, and in the stellar acoustics of Sydney’s opera house? At the push of a button! Like in his award-winning, much-acclaimed film Plastic Planet, Boote will overwhelm the stars with his charm and get them to spill their professional secrets. He’ll demonstrate how musicians and their various toys and mood swings, computers, weak unions, stress, burnout, laziness and solitary tinkering are revolutionizing the music business and turning the things we love to listen to into canned ear candy. The sea change in the industry is taking place without a peep.