List of good electronic music documentaries



funny, I had the exact opposite reaction… noticed his EMS Synthi, thought to myself why would anyone record ambiences with their iPhone??? if an iPhone is ‘good enough’ for ambiences of the real world, why bother with the expensive mics when recording his bowed cymbal etc? Why not use his iPhone then too? It seemed incongruous to me… Also noted he used a handheld recorder at times, so guess it is just convenience (ie the best camera is the one you have with you etc etc )

update, also just thought he did KNOW he had a camera & presumably production sound recordist in the room with him, so he could access hi rez recordings of whatever his iPhone was pointed at (which is apparently what he did for the tsunami piano recordings)


a good friend Trevor Pinch lecture about synths (moog/buchla/ems)
Lovely stories from the old days.


While it’s not 100% about electronic music (though largely is), I thoroughly enjoyed Press Pause Play this week. It’s one of those films that really motivates you to get into the studio and hit record. Also it’s free on Vimeo.


that was cool! thanks for posting


Not really electronic, but anyway…


Via Synthtopia.


This performance of Dolmen Music is one of my favourite things ever:


I love the work David Sylvian did with this crew. Very inspiring…


there’s a full feature film about the “composer” Peter Vogel as well but i’m not sure if it’s available online…….love this kind of interactive stuff.

List of good documentaries about music, composers, musicians

with recent rumblings on the forum about Tony Conrad, I was reminded of this great documentary I had the pleasure of seeing the LA premiere of last year, accompanied by a nice Kim Gordon performance and a Q&A with the filmmakers and Gordon moderated by Henry Rollins! : - )


watching this tonight and loving it. be an artist

This is a great documentary - haven’t actually watched for a while thanks for the the reminder!


pure nostalgia trip for me… interview from 2012 but just posted today… first i’ve seen of it anyway


more new age-y vhs videos anyone ? a-la:

in a very specific mood rn. (no vaporwave pls nope)


amazing, i want to quote so much of what they say near the end of the video :slight_smile:


My all time favorite mini-doc on the Amen break


I never saw this before, and could not have imagined that it existed. I do mix traditional instruments with electronics, in my case, pedal steel guitar, which I thought was kind of out there. What other unexpected pairings am I missing.


If u can find it somewhere the i highly recommend ”Ström åt Folket”
A documentary about swedish electronic music

Ström åt folket imdb

Swedish music history from the first electron music pioneers to today’s The Knife and Robyn.
It started in the 50s when it now forgot the composer Rune Lindblad falls asleep in a park in Gothenburg and finds that the sounds in the city are also music. Today, 60 years later, Swedish DJ superstars fill arenas worldwide. From having been a concern for a few people in Sweden’s then only electronic music studio, music creation with computer has become almost a popular movement. Electronic music is today larger than pop and rock together for many young people. How did it happen?

In the film we meet artists such as Adam Beyer, Robyn, Twice A Man, Stonebridge, Marina Schiptjenko and Midaircondo, together with record company directors and vision makers. In addition, there are lots of typical archive clippings - electron music pioneers, synthesizers and shredders.

Power for the people (Ström åt folket) wants to sort out all the relationships. How society, technology and artists have influenced and influenced. How the music developed over the years alongside other music - then explode to today’s commercial international successes.

The movie is cut at the same tempo as the music, 125 bpm. All music, all interviews and all archival material are in pace and form a kind of documentary remix or contemporary mash-up.

The film is made by Håkan Lidbo together with his colleagues who previously made the radio program Ström in Sveriges Radio P2; Mats Almegård, Andreas Tilliander and Hanna Kihlander. Simon Carlgren has cut with Iacopo Patierno as b-clip, Johan Söderberg has been the advisor to the entire project. Producer is Patrik Hambraus.