Archive of films Modulations: Cinema for the Ear / Modulations: Cinema for the Ear

USA
1998, 74 min

Section: 2003: A Musical Odyssey
Year: 2003

The dynamic history of electronic music filmed at the height of the feverish dance scene of the 1990s. The British and American scene, techno, house, jungle, acid culture, the expansion of the scene into gigantic megaparties.


Synopsis

The dynamic history of electronic music filmed at the height of the feverish dance scene of the 1990s. Through interviews and by returning to the places where it all happened, director Iara Lee shows how, over the years, technology has moved away from the academic environment to the entertainment industry and into the hands of the experimenters. She documents revolutionary times and we see specifically how the various levels of technical know-how have changed the character of music from its very foundations. The British and American scene of the 1990s, techno, house, jungle, acid culture, the expansion of the scene into gigantic megaparties at open-air festivals. This psychedelic film is woven from a generous unsettling fabric, a sea of non-stop music and immoderately short discussions with just about everybody: Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Giorgio Moroder, Bill Laswell, Kid Koala, DJ Spooky, Squarepusher, Autechre, Carl Cox, Coldcut, Juan Atkins, LTJ Bukem, Orbital, Pierre Henry, Prodigy, Robert Moog, Teo Macero, Future Sound of London, Genesis P. Orridge, Ken Ishii, Moby, Photek, Roni Size, Scanner, Talvin Singh, Westbam, Money Mark...

About the director

Iara Lee is of Korean origin but grew up in Brazil. She worked in the programme department of the Sao Paulo film festival, after which she began her film career in New York. After success at various festivals with her feature-length documentary Synthetic Pleasures (1996) came Modulations: Cinema for the Ear (1998), which was distributed in USA cinemas. After a series of short films and the installation Architettura (2000) Lee then focused on film activism and helping Iranian women (Beneath the Borqa, 2001). She heads the music publishers Caipirinha.   

Contacts

Caipirinha Productions
39 Mesa Street, Suite 300, SF 94129, San Francisco
United States of America
Tel: +1 415 561 3100
Fax: +1 415 561 3111
E-mail: wildgoose@gg3.com

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: 2003: A Musical Odyssey
   
Director: Iara Lee
Screenplay: Peter Shapiro
Dir. of Photography: Marcus Burnett, Paul Yates
Music: Donna Summer, Afrika Bambaataa, Juan Atkins/Model 500, LFO, Derrick May, Jesse Saunders, Aphrodite, Panacea, Goldie and Rob Playford, Ryoji Ikeda, Coldcut, To Rococo Rot
Editor: Paula Heredia
Producer: George Gund
Production: Caipirinha Productions
Contact: Caipirinha Productions
   
www: www.caipirinha.com/Film/modulations/modcontents.html
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