What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music was released a couple of years ago, to mark the 15th anniversary of the Red Bull Music Academy.
The film features Brian Eno, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Richie Hawtin, James Murphy and many more talking about the ups and downs of a life devoted to music.
Shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York and produced by Schmerberg’s Berlin based artist collective Mindpirates, the film focuses in on the creative process – but ends up asking questions about life itself.
What Difference Does It Make? evokes the heady atmosphere of the Academy itself, in which fresh musical ideas tend to spark between artists representing different genres and generations.
In a different city each year, 60 up and coming musicians from around the world participate in workshops with musical luminaries in a custom-fitted complex of studios and workspaces.
By night, they perform in the city’s cult venues and concert halls, alongside contemporary and classic innovators as well as heroes and heroines of the local scene.
The documentary explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. It gets to the heart of what it takes to be a musician and, in the process, deals with some of the basic questions of life itself.
Definitely inspiring and recommended. Enjoy it and make some music after watching it!