Documentary: Modulations. Cinema for the ear

George Palladev 17.01.2019

Documentary: Modulations. Cinema for the ear

This documentary is one of the first attempts to comprehend of electronic music big bang in the 90s. Iara Lee, 32, recently meet with it when she was on The Orb live in mid 90s. “When are they going to start?” she asked her friend. “They’ve been on two hours. That’s them behind those consoles in the dark,” she got an answer.

A bit avant-guard Modulations honoring sound artists of 30s, 50s, 70s mixes with a dynamic reel with interviews, concerts and footage all colours of house, techno, jungle, drum‘n’bass, hardcore and ambient music. This documentary about sound in electronic music. About that everyone can manipulate with sound—slow down, speed up, chop it up, filter by—and create something own. Modulations asking a ticklish question for musicians ego: sampling an old song or recording and editing noises or twisting standart synth presents—are you create something new with this or you just releasing old stuff but under your brand? “We were never musicians, we were just collage artists,” honestly answered Garry Cobain from FSOL.

Here: Afrika Bambaataa, Juan Atkins, Carl Cox, Giorgio Moroder, Robert Moog, Mixmaster Morris, Orbital, Liam Howlett, Ed Rush, Moby, Alec Empire, Marshall Jefferson, Bukem, Westbam and androgine Genesis P-Orridge—creator of industrial music. Also: Roni Size, Pierre Henri, Autechre, Squarepusher, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Meat Beat Manifesto, Frankie Bones, Mike Dearborn, Derrick Carter, Panacea, Tetsu Inoue, Bill Laswell, John Cage, Oval, Teo Macero and incredible smart for 30 Kodwo Eshun and our old chap Simon Reynolds.

Iara Lee

Iara Lee tells that whole year of ‘97 she was goind all over the place to squize that expirience in one and half hour. Iara Lee: “People ask, Why interview Alvin Toffler? But that’s what Derrick May and Juan Atkins in Detroit were reading when they started the dance scene there. The idea was to escape the ghetto, and they were into Toffler’s futurist thinking. So I went talking to him about techno and how influential he is, and he was, Hey, I didn’t know! Really? So I sent him some CDs to make him aware.”