The 10 Best Electronic Dance Music Documentaries You Should Watch
Various documentaries have been made and continue to be produced, describing the processes, inner world, perspectives, and developing structure of electronic and dance music. This is actually the best part of music documentaries. As Now You Tech, it introduces you to that world in a more intertwined way. We have compiled for you the best 10 electronic and dance music documentaries that we think you will watch with pleasure and interest during this time we are taken to our homes.
WE CALLED IT TECHNO! (2008)
This documentary, which takes the techno scene in Germany from its starting point to its developing process until the mid-nineties in great detail, is a successful work that should not be missed. Maren Sextro and Holger Wick came out in 2008.
BETTER LIVING THROUGH CIRCUITRY (1999)
This documentary, by Jon Reiss, is described as the first feature-length documentary that tells the history of electronic and dance music. A very comprehensive documentary that includes interviews with various musicians such as Moby, Carl Cox, and BT, as well as the rave extension of the electronic dance music scene in America. A quality work that will appeal to anyone interested in music.
HIGH TECH SOUL: THE CREATION OF TECHNO MUSIC (2006)
This comprehensive documentary, created by Gary Bredow in 2006, examines the cultural history of Detroit as well as digs into the deepest roots of techno music. Detroit, which is one of the most important points of musical movement and development in industrial cities, is a place where musical creativity never ends despite the global economic crisis. Known as the Beneville trio and being told through the eyes of Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson, who invented Detroit techno, the documentary, enriched by the contributions of other prominent names of the genre, is defined as one of the most valuable works among music documentaries.
MODULATIONS: CINEMA FOR THE EAR (1998)
This documentary, which goes down to the roots of electronic music, researches and examines the evolution it has undergone, can actually be described as a slightly more academic work than other documentary studies. It analyzes where the formed and changing forms of the genres are shaped with the audience and what is effective in catching the modern breath. It examines the basis of electronic music and the evolutionary process from a different perspective. Peter Shapiro, one of the prominent music researchers and writers, wrote the book “Modulations: A History of Electronic Music” in 2000 based on this documentary.
THE SUMMER OF RAVE, 1989 (2006)
Are you on a journey to the era when the Rave culture is just beginning? “The Summer Of Rave, 1989” takes you to the roots of this culture as a time machine. In the period when globalization was not prevented, the end of communism, the hegemony of Margareth Thatcher, and football fanaticism reached their peak, the culture of rave started to form with the Ibiza dance nights led by the famous nightclub The Hacienda in Manchester. In this beautiful past time travel, it reminds us that music and dance are the most important instruments that keep humanity alive despite all conditions.
RICHIE HAWTIN – PIONEERS OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC (2007)
Richie Hawtin is one of the names that has had a significant impact on modern electronic dance music. Richie Hawtin was one of the guests of the 60-minute biographical documentaries of the biography series “Pioneers of Electronic Music” launched by Slices magazine in 2007. The documentary explores the process from his early career at the border with Detroit to his life in Berlin, with interviews with colleagues and family members. With Richie Hawtin, one of the geniuses of electronic music, you also witness the transformation of electronic music.
WHAT WE STARTED (2017)
This documentary examines in detail the popularization of electronic dance music and the formation of today’s EDM culture; Carl Cox deals with the scene, which has become popular with the views of popular names such as Martin Garrix, Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Angello, as well as various names from the industry. Do not hesitate to add this documentary, which stands out with its light on today, to your watch list. You can watch the whole documentary, the trailer of which you can see below, here.
SUB BERLIN – “THE STORY OF TRESOR” (2008)
The documentary “Sub Berlin – The Story of Tresor” tells the story of Tresor, one of the most important and oldest clubs in electronic music history, starting in 1991 and until 2005 when its original location was closed. The impact of this club, which created a very important culture, in Berlin, one of the capitals of music today, was conveyed in an impressive way. We recommend that you add this documentary directed by Tilmann Künzel to your watch list.