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|Original title:||Imagine waking up tomorrow and all music has disappeared|
|Production country:||Deutschland/Schweiz 2015|
|Running time:||Approx. 86 min.|
|Rated:||From 0 years|
Imagine you wake up one morning and all your music has disappeared. There are no more CDs, no songs on the radio or iPod. What if we have to start our definition of music from zero again? This is the starting point for a very special project by Bill Drummond. The former member of the KLF formation travels the country, inviting people to become part of The17, the world's largest choir. He records the individual tones, which he will later mix together. The result is then played only once and then destroyed. An unusual project that completely corresponds to the anarchic spirit of Drummond.
The German-Swiss Stefan Schwietert accompanies Drummond in his documentary "Imagine waking up tomorrow and all music has disappeared" Drummond on his journey, which culminates in the completion and performance of The17 (whereby the piece is not heard in the film, otherwise the meaning of the unique playing would have been made absurd). Between the scenes that show the eccentric artist how he persuades ordinary people to sing individual notes for him, Drummond talks about his intentions, but also about his personal relationship to music. Of course, he also talks about his time at KLF and the spectacular end of the formation, whose music today may neither be distributed on CD nor digitally. Drummond and his former partner remain consistent, even if they have already been offered horrendous sums for the re-release of the KLF albums several times.
These biographical moments and excerpts from a talk show in which KLF had to justify the public burning of 3 million dollars actually make up the most exciting part of the documentary. Otherwise, Drummonds' journey is a bit tough and in the long run a bit redundant. The question posed in the movie's title also moves more and more into the background and actually only reappears at the end. It is not quite clear whether the film wants to be a biography of the artist, a documentation of a very unusual art project or perhaps something completely different.
However, even if a somewhat clear structuring would have increased the entertainment value of the documentary a little bit and even if one wished for the promising title to go a little deeper into the question how a world without music would really look like, the film and its protagonist are interesting, refreshing and entertaining enough in the end to be worth seeing for lovers of unusual documentaries and even more unusual personalities!
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