Archive for Documentary
This man designed 80% of your record collection
Key Tracks is a new series presented by Red Bull Music Academy in which musical mavericks walk us through the making of their signature tunes. For this debut edition, we speak to the the king of the West Coast electro sound, Egyptian Lover, as he shows us the backstory – and the 808 beat – behind his 1984 classic “Egypt, Egypt“.
“For The Record exposes a number of notions about why vinyl is such an indelible medium and how it continues to remain popular in the the face of opposing format change.”
“Dub Echoes” is a documentary that traces the origins of the Jamaican dub music and it’s influence on the development of hip hop and electronic music.The film shows how the Jamaican invention called dub ended up influencing much of the music we hear today, from electronic music to hip-hop, transforming the studio in a musical instrument and giving way to all of sonic experiments.
Featuring an incredible array of artists, both original Jamaican artists – U Roy, King Jammy, Lee Perry, Sly Dunbar, Bunny Lee (to name a few), alongside a similarly awe-inspiring array of artists who have been taken Dub into new directions in electronic dance music – Kode9, Roots Manuva, Howie B, Adrian Sherwood and many more. Directed by Bruno Natal.
Modulations is a feature-length documentary that traces the evolution of electronic music as one of the most profound artistic developments of the 20th 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 the nomadic drift of the post-human techno sound’.
“We are not entertainers, we are sound scientists.”
“As soon as I define myself I’m dead.” ~ Alejandro Jodorowsky
“The Roland TR-808 drum machine inspires musicians around the world, even though the device hasn’t been made since 1984 — and most of its avid users have never actually seen one.”
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, one of the sound effects units of the BBC, was created in 1958 to produce effects and new music for radio, and was closed in March 1998, although much of its traditional work had already been outsourced by 1995. It was based in the BBC‘s Maida Vale Studios in Delaware Road, London, growing outwards from the then-legendary Room 13 . The innovative music and techniques used by the Workshop made it one of the most significant influences on electronic music today.
The Shape of Things That Hum
is a synthesizer documentary series that first aired by Channel 4 in the UK during 2001.
The series focused on electronic instruments that helped shaped modern music, with every episode focusing on a specific instrument. The episodes were broadcast between 01.30am and 01.41am, and featured musicians talking about classic vintage synthesizers that defined the sound of the 1980s including the Minimoog, vocoder, Yamaha DX7, Fairlight CMI sampler, Simmons, Roland TB-303 and TB-808, and Akai sampler.
Includes interviews with Orbital, Rick Wakeman, Vince Clarke, Nick Rhodes, Coldcut and Arthur Baker (talking about making “Planet Rock“).
From Jack to Juke: 25 Years Of Ghetto House