We are not entertainers, we are sound scientists."- KraftwerkModulations is a feature-length documentary produced by George Gund and directed by Iara Lee which 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 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, 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.
Modulations is a multi-media exploration into the history of electronic music, consisting of a documentary film, its soundtrack album, and a book. The project was directed by Iara Lee, the maker of the documentary film Synthetic Pleasures. People interviewed in the film include Robert Moog, DJ Funk, Frankie Knuckles.
- "I Feel Love" – Donna Summer
- "Planet Rock" – Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force
- "No UFO's" (remix) – Model 500
- "Simon from Sydney" – LFO
- "Strings of Life" – Rhythm Is Rhythm
- "Yeah" – Jesse Saunders
- "Amazon 2-King of the Beats" – Aphrodite
- "Stormbringer" – Panacea
- "The Shadow" – Rob & Goldie
- "Luxus 1-3" – Ryoji Ikeda
- "Atomic 2000" – Coldcut
- "Kritische Masse 1" – To Rococo Rot
Modulations: Cinema for the Ear is a documentary that chronicles electronic music; from Musique Concrete to Gabba, from Disco to Turntabelism. Directed by Iara Lee in 1998, Modulations is a very rapid and choppy documentary about the past, present, and future of electronic music. Because it is so condensed, lacking narrative voice-over, and features so many seminal artists; you could watch this over and again, discovering something new each time.