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Modulations: Cinema For The Ear

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    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.

    We are not entertainers, we are sound scientists – Kraftwerk
    Type: Documentary
    Year: 1998
    Total Time: 65 mins
    Styles: Ambient, Berlin, Disco, Experimental, Glitch, Industrial, Progressive, Soundtrack, Techno
    Formats: Digital / Download, DVD, VHS
    Liscense: Copyright
    Cast:
    Afrika Bambaataa
    Arthur Baker
    Autechre
    Can
    Carl Cox
    Coldcut
    Danny Tenaglia
    David Kristian
    Derrick May
    Dj Spooky
    Genesis P-Orridge
    Giorgio Moroder
    Ltj Bukem
    John Cage
    Juan Atkins
    Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Moby
    Orbital
    Pierre Henry
    Prodigy
    Rob Playford
    Robert Moog
    Teo Macero
    The Future Sound Of London
    Director: Iara Lee
    Producer: George Gund
    Soundtrack: Mixmaster Morris
    Editor: Paula Heredia
    Cinematography: Marcus Burnett, Paul Yates
    Sound: Antonio L. Arroyo, Ken Ishii, Theresa Radka, Jose Torres, Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz
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