Haven’t seen this one before but if you are into electronic music and the legacy behind it make sure to check it out.
Modulations is a feature-length documentary that captures a moment in history where humans and machines are fusing to create today’s most exciting sounds. It traces the evolution of electronic music as one of the most profound artistic developments of the twentieth century. By cutting back and forth between avant-garde composers, Kraftwerk’s innovative synthesizer drones, Giorgio Moroder’s glacial Euro-disco, Afrika Bambaataa’s electro-funk, and Prodigy’s current worldwide superstarstardom, Modulations celebrates, replicates, and illuminates the nomadic drift of the post-human techno sound.
The film examines the kids who have turned the turntable into a musical instrument, disillusioned disco lovers who created acid house out of primitive synthesizers, Motor City mavericks who saw the drum machine as their escape route out of urban neglect, and a generation of British youth who transformed these blips and bleeps into dance floor anthems of their own alienation.
Modulations provides a sense of history and context in which today’s electronic music can be understood. It entertains the converted and remixes the mindset of electronica’s nay-sayers. Featuring a stunning collage of interviews, cutting-edge visuals, in-studio footage, and live performances, Modulations moves at a pace that matches the energy and innovation of the music.
Even innovator Ryoji Ikeda appears in the movie, who recently appeared in FACT magazine:
There’s a wiki page for the documentary here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modulations:_Cinema_for_the_Ear
Donna Summer | “I Feel Love”
Afrika Mambaattaa | “Planet Rock”
Juan Atkins/Model 500 | “No Ufo’s Remix”
LFO |”Simon From Sydney
Derrick May | “Strings of Life”
Jesse Saunders | “Yeah”
Aprodite | “Amazon 2 – King of the Beats”
Panacea | “Stormbringer”
Goldie & Rob Playford | “The Shadow”
Ryoji Ikeda | “Luxus 1-3”
Coldcut | “Atomic Moog 2000”
To Rococo Rot | “Kritische Masse 1”