Steven Drozd, the drummer of the talented group The Flaming Lips, has been working as the composer of the music for a new documentary, The Heart is a Drum Machine. The documentary is about the incredible connection and relationship between music and humans. The purpose of the film is to “explore[s] music’s role in shaping human history, the profound connection people have had to music throughout human history, how it has shaped our experiences and its involvement in our daily lives.”
Steven Drozd describes the experience and the film as….
“The idea of even attempting to explain the human race’s primordial connection to music seems impossible, but this excellent film does just that. It attempts through interviews with various musicians, artists, actors, astronomers, scientists and weirdos. None of us really have a good answer but among all of us there is some understanding of what it is. How do we define it? I can’t put it into words. I tried to put it in the music and create a simple, common emotional bond between the people making the film and those watching it. I think that’s what we’re all hoping for, a common emotional bond. And for me, really, that is music.”
The film includes interviews with many respected musicians and people involved in the music industry. The documentary features interview with musicians George Clinton, Britt Daniel, Juliette Lewis, Maynard James Keenan, Isaac Brock, Nic Harcourt, and The Silversun Pickups, to name a few.
The film is going to be screened in Seattle on April 22 and in Los Angeles on April 25. The film is intended to be shown with a live set incorporated into it. The screening in Seattle is on Wednesday, April 22, at 8 pm at Northwest Film, with a performance by Kimya Dawson. The Los Angeles premiere is this Saturday, April 25, at Nike’s Montalban Theatre. There will be a live performance with Matt Sorum, Billy Morrison, Juliette Lewis and an extra special surprise guest.
The film is directed by Christopher Pomerenke and produced by Ryan Page and Hans Fjellestad. Ryan Page and Hans Fjellestad were the producers of 2006′s “Moog”.