Count and Lyrics Born
San Francisco producer-engineer Mikael Eldridge, a.k.a. Count, has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry: Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, New Order, No Doubt. Locally, he's collaborated with Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, and DJ Shadow. And Count, who happens to be staring down the prospect of getting evicted from his home and studio in Bernal Heights, has a message for us: If we care at all about the future of music, writing, the arts in general -- we have to stop thinking it should all be made available to us for free.
"The people that create the things we all love and depend on are struggling more than ever," says the producer earnestly in the Indiegogo campaign video for his new documentary Unsound. "What is the future for creators if their work is literally worth nothing? Is all music going to be free? What about books, movies, news? What happens to writers and journalists when they are no longer paid to do important research?"