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The Heart Is a Drum Machine (2009)

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What is music? Many of today's top artists and scholars grapple with the question in this cinematic look at a uniquely human obsession. The Heart is a Drum Machine is a new feature documentary film project from the producers of Moog.
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A Great Documentary about the Musical Experience
7 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this last night at the Phoenix Art Museum; it is always a treat to see the director, producers and some of those in the film appear at the film. Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle, and Matt Sorum of Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver attended.

My musical experience is limited to playing the saxophone for 3 years in grade school, so I am mostly just a fan.

The concept of the film, that there is something primal about music, came through exceptionally well as told by the musicians that were interviewed. I love any movie that helps me to see something I knew somewhat instinctively, yet subconsciously. That music forces us to stop and be in the moment was a strong element. There was a balanced amount of humor sprinkled throughout the interviews, and the theme of the golden record going out to space connected me with the idea that the best way to possibly communicate with alien life forms would be through music.

Having said that, I was surprised that none of the interviewees discussed the anticipation one feels with music. When I ponder the question, why does anyone listen to or perform a song more than once, I realize that it is the anticipation of a sound/hearing the sound feedback loop that is a powerful element of music.

The other disappointment was the celebrity interviews--to put it bluntly, I don't care what Juliette Lewis thinks about music.

All in all, a great experience, and a must-see for music fans and professionals.


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