Discover the sound system culture, these speaker walls that makes Babylon tremble.


The project



To find our own path, to wonder, to question, to denounce and to take issue by unifying against the oppressor are so many values carried by them "sounds systems": these independent musical collectives who seems to put more and more people in agreement with the musical journey they propose.


Come to discover the origins and the evolution of this culture through those who carries it, to understand its foundations and its relevance in our modern society, and try to answer to an often asked question: Is music really able to change the world ?




Synopsis :


Since the music exists, it has always amplified the anti-authority movements which try to knock down the established order. Often stemming from popular layers and marginalized by the mass, certain musics as the rock, the punk or the hip-hop knew nevertheless how to find their place in the cultural heritage of the humanity.


Today, another movement that has been born in the underground English of the 70’s starts to be brought out of its niche market, by reaching a renewed and younger audience from every sociocultural levels.


Gathered in (legal) events always more and more frequent, the European sounds systems spread vibrations all over the rib cages of three generations worn-out to the commercial musics, and in demand for change.


In this movie, you will discover diverse personalities and the wealth of a culture not or not often represented in the classic media, despite of a success in constant acceleration for the last fifteen years.


With a growing influx in all European festivals, the movement of sound system culture is exploding, specially among the young generation. Nevertheless, only a public of enthusiasts lingers to relieve information to make this scene live, as it remains mostly underground.






Intentions :


- To return justice to a culture too often boycotted and caricatured by the cultural industry, by handing over to these artists of the underground roots and dub from uk stepper, up to techno free parties, all united by the love of music, and big systems!


- To discover how this new and particular way of broadcasting music on customized speaker walls spreaded all over Europe, particularly in England and in France, by handing over to three generations of artists with different backgrounds, whom participates actively in this movement nowadays.


- To discover in what terms the use of a sound system is an art and a way of life for the artists, and how the music Roots and\or Dub broadcasted this way reaches us in the depths of our subconscious and what it can involve in our auditors' lives, within our modern society.







This movement can still be considered as a shape of counterculture, although it begins to reach such a scale that certains sponsors begun to look in this direction. But the actors of the movement, both the artists and most of the organizers remains independents, and accordingly, can enjoy a certain artistic freedom, proposing something that do not always fill the codes and requirements of the mainstream industry. And although it was a struggle to survive since the 70’s, the general public finally gets to be warned of the existence of this scene, and seems to arrive massively to enjoy its vibrations.


It seemed then interesting to me, to wonder how to encourage people to think freely with oriented lyrics and by flooding them with music this way can eventually influence lives and so the society?


To embody a model of independence and autonomy as these people do, can it push some to new thoughts ? To propose any kinds of alternatives to the dominant model and to act independently of the system as they do, can it be compared to a revolutionary act, even though it is simply a question of spreading some love and playing music?




So i tried to seize the necessity of these artistic choices and the sacrifices which they involve with the first concerned: the artists and the promoters themselves; so that they can illustrate the values that they stand for, either through a directed music, or with committed lyrics, or by promulgating "conscious events " or simply by an attitude and sincere music, in total opposition to the star system standards.


At the risk of falling in certain stereotypes, I wish in this way to advance the necessity of having conscientious objectors who please, and who are close to younger generation, in a society like ours, more and more disconnected from the reality.


To analyze the relationship of vague opposition between underground and  mainstream is also necessary checkpoint to answer questions asked higher. Does the sound system will remain underground? Why ?


Finally, I also wish to discover with scientists and with sociologists how the music reaches us and gets to mark us far beyond what we can imagine, for all our life, whatever kinds and musical tastes; and its true influence on our ways of thinking, our personal choices, and even our lifestyles, far beyond the phase of listening.


If I wish to meet scientists of the IRCAM and the INSEAD in Paris, at the forefront of the researches on the hearing perception, it is to be capable of including also, by immersing personally in the universe of sounds systems, which are the technical and sensory specificities which seem to make of this "tool" the best mean to affect directly his public (when it is properly used).


In two words, I wish to understand why whoever set foot in a sound system arena for the 1st time will be marked out for life.

In addition to this, the sociologists and the psychologists will allow us to understand, on one hand in what the methods of propaganda and submission in the authority have evolved in something more insidious that we cannot think of it. And on the other hand, to understand how the music and particularly sounds systems is adapted to fight this new shape of subjection.


In complement with artists interviews, i’ll try to explain the links weaved between music, psychology and society, for those who live it in the universe of sounds systems; and finally, for all the sincere musics. We shall see then how the music, although it is only vibrations, contributes to change perpetually the face of the world, and will continue to do so as long as there will be cause worse fighting for.





Progress of the project :


I work on the writing of this project for more than a year and the shooting began in September, 2013. I already have several tens of hours of rushes shot in different events, festivals and studios.


I took advantage of these moments to move closer from the artists and the promoters, what allowed me to gather already more than around thirty interviews with significant personalities. The movie already exists as you can see in the teaser. And even if to have carried it until this level asked me quite a lot of efforts, time and money, i am not satisfied yet and i only ask to do more in order to finish it in the best possible conditions.

Why fund it?


What i propose today, is an association to this project in order to allow me to give it the true professional depiction that it deserves.


As you have maybe noticed, the teaser contains some technical gaps, notably on the interviews, of which the technical qualities are not always in the rendez vous… Because, being alone on this project, it is complicated to me to make an interview by managing the questions, the camera and the sound pole…the whole in precarious conditions of shooting (changing rooms of concerts, etc.)


It is so indispensable to me to be able to record interviews in good conditions by engaging sound engineer, a camera operator, and most important, by travelling to the speaker's (in France and in England), rather than

just get very quickly during concerts.



The money will be used to to finance:


1/with 2000 euros: The tour of France and England to make the lasts interviews. The itinerary yet to complete is for now Paris, Fontainebleau, Rouen, Caen, Lyon, Poleymieux (69), Geneve, Barjols (83), Montpellier, Lille, Londres, Birmingham, et Leeds.


2/With 1000 euros: Hire local sound recordists and light operator, and/or rent the proper equipment (wireless HF microphones, projectors etc.). Hire a professional for the audio mix.


3/ with 1000 euros: To gather and to produce the graphic elements and 2D animations necessary for the storytelling.


5/ If i can manage to save some money after all that, the remaining amount will be used for the expenses of editing, calibration and distribution. It goes without saying that any gift will be profitable to this ambitious project.


I however established a good database which gives approximately 80 % of the film, and it already contains very good sequences. But the most mattering, is that i took the time needed to feed a deep thought on the subject and to find who will be the key speakers to present you the vital lead during the interviews to come.


It is so only to cross the last obstacles and to begin to edit professional materials that I need your support today. Thank you to all those who will help me to advance the project by making a donation, or by letting know that this project exists around them.


Stay tuned!

One love


Alexandre Gaonach





Formé aux métiers de l'image a l'EICAR Paris, j'ai réalisé plusieurs courts métrages en école puis plusieurs films institutionnels depuis 2009. Ayant beaucoup voyagé et passé une partie de mon adolescence à l'étranger, je me suis toujours passionné pour la démarche du documentariste. En 2010 , je suis retourné en Afrique du sud après plusieurs... See more

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Tellement hâte que ça sorte ! Pas encore de date approximative ?
Big up et bon courage pour la suite!
Super projet! Que l'incroyable et immense culture Dub puisse à jamais transmettre les good vibes!!