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Discovering Electronic Music: 1983 documentary on the rise of electronic synthesis of sound. Dj Music, Music Love, Music Is Life, Tape Echo, Music Documentaries, Midi Keyboard, Audio Sound, Wet Dreams, Space Time

Discovering Electronic Music (1983)

"We live in an age of technology in which machines touch every part of our lives. It is not suprising that music has also been influenced by technology."This...

X- The Unheard Music Blu-Ray (Sale price! X: The Unheard Music takes a detailed look at the late and LA music scene and focuses on the group that critics had singled out as the leader of the scene.This documentary combines live Exene Cervenka, Music Documentaries, Movie Of The Week, X Picture, Women Of Rock, Dangerous Minds, We Will Rock You, Punk Goth, Post Punk

‘The Unheard Music’: The definitive documentary on Los Angeles punk legends X

The first thing you see when you watch W.T. Morgan’s 1986 documentary The Unheard Music about the difficult-to-Google Los Angeles punk band X is a caption reading “PLAY THIS MUSIC LOUD.” Always good advice, of course. Morgan worked on the documentary for five solid years while the band was at its peak, and The Unheard Music emerges as a darn good document. X was one of those bands, like the Who, where all four members contributed something essential to the music as well as the band’s…

The Function of Music with Jad Abumrad. Mac Premo sat down with Jad Abumrad and talked about sound, music and the function of music . Photography 101, Amazing Photography, Music Documentaries, Jad, Music Composers, Sound & Vision, Music Library, Sound Design, Inspirational Videos

The Function of Music with Jad Abumrad

I sat down with Jad Abumrad and talked about sound, music and the function of music. Then I turned that conversation into a film.

‘Love Story’: Definitive doc on the great Arthur Lee and Love Whisky A Go Go, Music Documentaries, Love Band, Booker T, Red Books, Him Band, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, The Man

‘Love Story’: Definitive doc on the great Arthur Lee and Love

It seems that Love is in the air…. Just a few days ago we featured a swell duvet cover featuring the cover art of Forever Changes as the prevailing design. Love was perfectly primed to become an object of cult adoration. They were an interracial band that was smack in the middle of a very fertile California music scene in the 1960s. The quality of their output was very high, and reflected a very important transition in the maturation of the rock scene as a whole. Love’s “classic” line-up…

CBGB’s, lì dove nacque il punk rock Punk Rock, Tom Verlaine, History Of Punk, Oral History, Bathroom Graffiti, Music Documentaries, Dangerous Minds, Photo Dump, Rock N Roll

Forget that shitty ‘CBGB’ film, ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ from 1978 takes you inside the real CBGB

Three aspiring musicians: Richard Hell, Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd were looking for a place “where nothing was happening” for their band Television to play. If nothing was happening then the bar owner had nothing to lose. One day, down in the Bowery, Verlaine and Lloyd spotted a place initialed CBGB-OMFUG. They sidled across, went inside and talked to the owner a former singer and musician Hilly Krystal. As Lloyd recalled in Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain’s essential oral history of punk…

(See below for index) How a group of reclusive Rhineland experimentalists became a hugely influential pop group, featuring live footage, analysis, newsreel a. Jazz Music, New Music, Neville Brody, Music Documentaries, Soul Funk, Sounds Good, House Music, Award Winner, Pop Group


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Bee Gees – New York Mining Disaster 1941 - Ondergewaardeerde Liedjes Rock And Roll Bands, Rock N Roll, Brisbane, Johnny Lozada, Robin, Music Documentaries, Grammy Nominees, Vintage Bee, Barry Gibb

‘Idea’: Incredible pop-psychedelic Bee Gees TV special, 1968

There was a time, long, long ago—as ridiculous as this might sound today—when being a Bee Gees fan was something one didn’t admit to in polite company. By the mid-80s, the Brothers Gibb had more or less been relegated to the “guilty pleasures” category and their second career wilderness. If you liked them, it had to be, you know, “ironic” or something. But fuck that. It was around that time, when I was in my early 20s, that I personally started to go absolutely nuts for their music. In my…

Window Pictures is raising funds for Suzanne Ciani: A Life in Waves on Kickstarter! A Life in Waves is a feature-length documentary film that explores the life and innovations of electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani. Electronic Music Instruments, Musical Instruments, Keyboard Piano, Kids Tv Shows, Retro, Music Artists, Musicals, Waves, In This Moment

Electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani explains synthesizers on kids TV show (1980) | Boing Boing

On this 1980 episode of 3-2-1 Contact — the excellent PBS kids TV show about science — legendary experimental electronic musician Suzanne Ciani explains the basics of synthesizer techno…

Bjork – The All Songs Music Channel Fernando Hernandez, Madonna, Michel Gondry, Trip Hop, Tribute, Music Channel, Art Textile, All Songs, Monsters

Watch this essential Björk documentary from 1997

In 1997 The South Bank Show produced an hour-long documentary on Björk, who of course was right in the middle of an impressive run during which she established herself as a global pop star and icon of the first order. The program is divided up into two parts. The first half is a straightforward account of Björk’s life up to 1997, including her solo album at the age of 11, her teenage work with Tappi Tíkarrass and KUKL, her breakthrough success with the Sugarcubes, and her initial success…

‘Stranger in a Strange Land’: 1987 documentary on Nick Cave from Dutch TV Music Documentaries, Dangerous Minds, Nick Cave, Berlin Wall, One Image, Documentary, 1990s, Austria, Dutch

‘Stranger in a Strange Land’: 1987 documentary on Nick Cave from Dutch TV

One of the first images in “Nick Cave: Stranger in a Strange Land” is a glimpse of the Berlin Wall, which (it’s strange to imagine) would only be in use for a couple more years. “Stranger in a Strange Land” was produced in 1987 by Bram van Splunteren, and it appeared on the Dutch TV channel VPRO. I saw the second half of this movie when I was living in Austria in the early to mid-1990s, so it’s a pleasure to come across it again! Cave lived in Berlin in the 1980s, during which he appeared in…

DEVO, Blondie, Talking Heads, Klaus Nomi on segment on New Wave, 1979 New Wave Music, Music Documentaries, Dangerous Minds, December, Waves, Concert, Concerts, Ocean Waves, Beach Waves

New Wave Music - 20/20 December 1979 Part One

20/20 reports on a new music phenomenon - New WavePart one of two. Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-48SAa-_6U

Rude boys: from Shanty Town to Savile Row Ska Music, Music Documentaries, Uk Singles Chart, Acid House, Photography Exhibition, Rude Boy, Northern Soul, Skinhead, Music Photo

‘An experiment waiting to happen’: A brief history of ‘Two Tone Britain’

Jerry Dammers: the father of Two Tone records Two Tone was a specifically British, or more accurately English, musical genre that came out of punk and ska in the late 1970s. The roots of Two Tone can be traced back to the arrival of West Indians to England—the so-called “Windrush Generation”—under the British Nationality Act of 1948. This act gave British citizenship to all people living in Commonwealth countries and full rights of entry and settlement in the UK. With the arrival of these…

‘Urban Struggle’: Classic documentary on Black Flag and the Orange County punk scene Music Documentaries, Henry Rollins, The Oc, Los Angeles Area, Orange County, Flag, Punk, Scene, Urban

‘Urban Struggle’: Classic documentary on Black Flag and the Orange County punk scene

The first show Henry Rollins ever played in the Los Angeles area as a member of Black Flag took place at the Cuckoo’s Nest in Costa Mesa, on Friday, August 21, 1981. It was a 3 p.m. show, as the flier above indicates. Black Flag were the headliners, with Wasted Youth and Circle One, two hardcore bands from the O.C., serving as openers. Purportedly the location of the first-ever slam pit, the Cuckoo’s Nest was open from 1976 through 1981, and even that run was only possible because owner…

10 Lou Reed Songs Better Than "Walk on the Wild Side" Lou Reed Songs, Holly Woodlawn, Edgar Froese, Miles Mcmillan, Music Documentaries, Experimental Music, Trans Man, Genderqueer, Tumblr

The superstars of Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’

The Portuguese release of ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ (via Discogs) In 1993, the BBC documentary series Arena devoted four episodes to “Tales of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The third of these focused entirely on the real-life figures in Lou Reed’s most famous song, “Walk on the Wild Side,” collecting footage of and fascinating biographical detail about each superstar sketched in the song’s verses—Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, “Little” Joe Dallesandro, Sugar Plum Fairy and Jackie Curtis. I don’t know how…

Lagos State Government has announced it's plans to honour late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, as the week-long Felabration which marks Fela Kuti, Music Documentaries, My Purpose In Life, Human Rights Activists, State Government, 20th Anniversary, Thursday, Wednesday, In This Moment

Documentary about Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and human rights activist | Boing Boing

In the 1970s and 1980s, Legendary musician Fela Kuti pioneered the sound of Afrobeat, an entrancing amalgam of West African highlife music, jazz, and American funk. Among his fans, he counts David …

Little Doorways To Paths Not Yet Taken is a bite-sized insight into the US composer& studio work and processes Music Documentaries, Short Film, Paths, Insight, Studio, Studios

Watch Aura Satz’s short film about Laurie Spiegel - The Wire

Little Doorways To Paths Not Yet Taken is a bite-sized insight into the US composer's studio work and processes