10 Essential Electronic Music Documentaries That You Need To Watch

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Here’s some fantastic electronic music documentaries to inspire, entertain, and educate. These essential documentaries focus on technology, culture, history, and politics. I hope you enjoy them…

Synth Britannia (BBC Four, 2009)

A fantastic documentary from the BBC looking at the work of post-punk musicians such as The Human League, Gary Oldman and Depeche Mode, who brought the synthesiser into the mainstream, shaping the world of popular music ever since…

BBC Radiophonic Workshop: The Alchemists Of Sound (2003)

A wonderful look at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, covering early experimental electronic music, music concrete, Delia Derbyshire, and of course Doctor Who…

Everybody In The Place – An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992

Created by Jeremy Deller, this film is a re-evaluation of acid house, a musical phenomenon that, as this film shows, did not spring out of anywhere, but owed its emergence to the social and political landscape of 1980s Britain.

Pump Up The Volume – A History of House Music (2001)

Documentary about history of house music, from its early days as NY disco to the massive European and International scene it has become, via the major people and clubs who pushed it forward.

The Summer of Rave

Documentary by the BBC on the development of rave culture in the United Kingdom during the summer of 1989.

Krautrock – The Rebirth of Germany

From 1968 – 77 German bands like Neu!, Can, Faust, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk looked beyond US/UK rock ‘n roll to create some of the most original and uncompromising music ever heard…

WE CALL IT TECHNO!

Inspired by new sounds, new technologies and the political events of the time, the early 90s sees the emergence of a scene that euphorically celebrates the dawning of a new era. In Berlin, Frankfurt and many other German cities, activists tinker on a new music and club culture oriented around the coordinates Techno and House…

Drum & Bass: The Movement

Created by Drum & Bass Arena, this feature-length documentary captures a specific and intense slice of drum & bass culture’s rapid acceleration from 1996 – 2016…

Moog

Moog is a 2004 documentary film by Hans Fjellestad about electronic instrument pioneer Dr. Robert Moog. The film features scenes of Dr. Moog interacting with various musical artists who view Moog as an influential figure in the history of electronic music.

Land of the Rising Sound | A Roland Retrospective

The story of Roland is one of the most expansive and influential in the world of music technology. This feature length documentary sets out to tell it through their iconic inventions…

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