on the history of electronic music
August 29, 2015 5:20 PM   Subscribe

Createdigitalmusic collects together 11+ documentaries on the history of electronic music. Ranging from 2 on Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (1 previously), to EMS (previously), to detroit, acid house, rave (previously), tresor, and more. Plus one news report an the early days of Chicago house that's a documentary in and of itself.
posted by advil (16 comments total) 68 users marked this as a favorite

 
Good to see props given to Delia "Sounds of The Doctor" Derbyshire, but if I can't view all the docs, can you point me to anything there specifically on Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, my other electronic heroes ("Main Street Electrical Parade", "Popcorn" and almost every other overplayed moog music of the 60s)
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:20 PM on August 29, 2015


Needs moar Synth Britannia.
posted by SansPoint at 6:20 PM on August 29, 2015 [4 favorites]


I'm gonna watch the shit out of that Tresor documentary. I'm wearing my Tresor shirt now :)

Never been to the club; I just love the label.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 6:23 PM on August 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


oneswellfoop: I don't know of any, but would love to find one. I do know of a documentary on Raymond Scott, though.
posted by SansPoint at 6:27 PM on August 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Good to see props given to Delia "Sounds of The Doctor" Derbyshire, but if I can't view all the docs, can you point me to anything there specifically on Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, my other electronic heroes ("Main Street Electrical Parade", "Popcorn" and almost every other overplayed moog music of the 60s)

I don't think they came up in any of the documentaries in this collection, though I could have missed something. There is in existence a documentary from ~2009 about Jean-Jacques Perrey, though, called Prélude au sommeil. I'm not entirely sure how one would get ahold of it but here is the trailer at least.

Another thing worth mentioning in this context is I dream of wires, which recently showed up on US netflix (but isn't free on the internet anywhere, so I left it out of my post). I'm pretty sure neither of them appeared in the version on netflix, which I watched the other day. But apparently the DVD/itunes version has over an hour of bonus material. In general the CDM docs on the early days are pretty UK-heavy, and I Dream of Wires balances that out with some Moog/Buchla background, which is more along the lines of Perrey and Kingsley.

Also, here's a documentary on Bob Moog; I haven't had a chance to watch it through yet but it looks interesting.
posted by advil at 6:59 PM on August 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


@advil: CDM has covered I Dream Of Wires (once in 2012 and earlier this year), but didn't include it in this collection, oddly enough.
posted by raihan_ at 7:06 PM on August 29, 2015


I would love a documentary on Vangelis' Albedo 0.39 because from a musician and engineering standpoint I can't figure out how some of those tracks were put together.
posted by sourwookie at 7:16 PM on August 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


The gabber doc in there is fantastic.
posted by ead at 8:28 PM on August 29, 2015


I remember coming in late and tired one night, turned on the TV out of habit and was suddenly glued to the Channel 4 series on the history of house music. Not only is it a great documentary but it's a great example of how to make a documentary.
posted by fallingbadgers at 1:31 AM on August 30, 2015


It's good but this youtube playlist is better - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWlqwXzikEuBZ-Edcr1_knBLU_AWBzHW_
posted by ebear at 2:26 AM on August 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


I remember coming in late and tired one night, turned on the TV out of habit and was suddenly glued to the Channel 4 series on the history of house music. Not only is it a great documentary but it's a great example of how to make a documentary.

This one?... great series
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:12 AM on August 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Just popped in for only the second time to say that The Delian Mode features bicycle mounted Super-8 footage of mid-80s London (Delia's Dream sequence) by MetaFilter's own ...erm ...me! ME. MEEEEEE!!! BWAHAHAHA!!!
posted by Spoonfish at 4:21 AM on August 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


Holy shit all the yes.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:22 AM on August 30, 2015


So I guess I'm not the only one who thought that the Zac Efron EDM DJ movie looked not good... We Are Your Friends had the worst opening of all time for a new Hollywood studio film opening in over 2,000 theatres grossing $1.8 million
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:16 AM on August 30, 2015


Another thing worth mentioning in this context is I dream of wires

I hate that bastard film.

If it wasn't for that stupid movie, I wouldn't be spending all my money on electronic components and DIY modules.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 9:52 AM on August 30, 2015


If it wasn't for that stupid movie, I wouldn't be spending all my money on electronic components and DIY modules.

Yeah, during the movie I was finding myself pretty annoyed by the degree of evangelical fervor. But then at the end I really wanted to buy some eurorack.

@advil: CDM has covered I Dream Of Wires (once in 2012 and earlier this year), but didn't include it in this collection, oddly enough.

I'm pretty sure they left it out simply because this roundup was all freely available online documentaries.
posted by advil at 10:34 AM on August 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


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