List of good electronic music documentaries



Nice BBC doc about La Monte Young and Terry Riley for those in the UK


Totally enjoyed watching this last week. If future episodes are as good, this series will be a real treat!


2nd was great also. Shame it’s only 2 episodes long…
Also totally didn’t spot @jake 's post!


yup, +1 - enjoyed these a lot. If you can get a VPN to the UK, I recommend hunting these down.


Yep, really enjoyed this. Between this and some of Neil Brand’s documentaries BBC4 are on a roll.


This isn’t purely electronic music, but since Milton Babbitt spent a lot of time pioneering an academic approach to synthesis in its very early days, I feel like this documentary about his life should be mentioned here. But really, who cares if you watch?


@Jake Thanks for alerting me to that, really enjoyed the first episode!


Welcome! I finally watched the second one and enjoyed them both a whole lot. I previously didn’t know much at all about La Monte Young, the Moog/Buchla East/West differentiation, a bunch of other stuff – I imagine the doc may have simplified things but it definitely got some pennies dropping in my head!

Apologies for another beeb link, but I caught this review on Radio 4’s Saturday Review (around 33:00 in) and one point raised was that Charles Hazelwood said in the program that Minimalism is arguably the most important form in the 20th century, but didn’t go on to lay out those arguments. I hear that, and maybe he could have justified the statement better – or at least explored further the hows and whys of Minimalism’s wider influence and cultural significance. Perhaps a longer series would have been able to dig deeper. Regardless, I thought both episodes were a really great introduction.


A lot of us enjoyed the recent BBC doc on minimalism. This article gives a less complementary review and highlights the absence of many key figures of the movement, especially women. An interesting read:


I had a similar reaction. Don’t get me wrong I love Riley, Reich, and Glass but…there was some nice footage and interviews, but it was a facile “great white men who make history” overview. In general, this doc failed to capture how these ideas were out there at the time and how many other people contributed to them. As usual, Pauline Oliveros or Laurie Spiegel or Eliane Radigue are barely or aren’t mentioned. It’s pretty embarrassing.

Further, it was deeply frustrating that they continued to promote La Monte Young’s personal hagiography without mentioning Tony Conrad or John Cale’s involvement in his work. At minimum, Tony Conrad is just as important.



Music with Roots in the Aether: David Behrman from Mimi Johnson on Vimeo.


does anyone know where these can be sourced…

I remember seeing these on tv years ago .


on to stream them:


for more on Ubu, there’s so much. Some examples below. The first link is for papers and journals, the rest are for films and videos -

Electronic Music Resources

Henri Chopin

Luc Ferrari

About fans of Depeche Mode

Marina Rosenfeld

Alvin Lucier

Robert Ashley


I got those via Karagarga if you use torrents.

I watched the Tones Drones Arpeggios this past couple nights and was pretty underwhelmed. If you know even just a bit about the four featured composers, it won’t add anything significant to an understanding of them.


I share in the disappointment with the BBC program. It was entertaining, but added nothing to the subject. It effectively was just a simplified rendition of the Michael Nyman book, shame that they didn’t seem to think it necessary to revise its view of the period and the scope of important composers involved at all based on the 40+ years since the book came out.

The house band they had was also only men, which seemed a little strange.

In the case of Young, I was surprised how little attention was paid to Marian Zazeela, especially given his statements in recent interviews elsewhere that her contributions are mistakenly overlooked.


This one is older and on DVD - pieces of it seem to be on YouTube. Inspiring for sure.



Thanks to @ubuweb on Twitter:

The feature-length documentary film “The Goodiepal Equation” is viewable online for two weeks only:

Password: LxxP1418

I watched this last night and recommend it, with reservations. There is basically no content on method but it’s interesting anyway. Goodiepal has made it his mission to defy expectations. To make a too-easy analogy, he’s an Andy Kaufman of art music.


I got to hang out with Goodiepal in Copenhagen when I toured with a mutual friend. He was scheduled to play in Louisville later, but had visa issues and it didn’t work out.

I definitely treasure the little bit of time I got to hang out with him. He’s an interesting character to say the least.

Hope I can find some time to watch this while it’s available.


Thanks for this!! I’m only 10 min in and -enthralled-