Modulations is a feature-length documentary produced by George Gund and directed by Iara Lee about the history of humans and machines fusing to create music & sounds. It traces the evolution of electronic music from musique concrète, house, hip hop, techno to the myriad of styles in between.
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. Interviews include notable artists and innovators in electronic music such as Autechre, Future Sound of London, Carl Cox, Robert Moog, Coldcut, Squarepusher, Mixmaster Morris, Pierre Henry, Giorgio Moroder, Derrick May, Genesis P-Orridge and Karlheinz Stockhausen.