The Alchemists of Sound

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2003 documentary on the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.







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The Shape Of Things That Hum

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Series looking at cult electronic instruments that have shaped modern music.

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Minimoog

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Roland TB-303

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Fairlight

The Shape Of Things That Hum: AKAI Sampler

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Simmons Drums

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Vocoder

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Roland TR-808

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What the Future Sounded Like

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Max Mathews & Miller Puckette

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Clara Rockmore - Theremin

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Moog: A Documentary Film

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Magic Music From The Telharmonium

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A Week of Electronic Music Documentaries

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We here at Rhizome have been busy assembling an entire week's worth of documentaries about the history of electronic music. We've tried to keep the subject matter diverse -- with documentaries covering the technology behind the music to the emergence of a number of different genres, from krautrock to jungle. We hope you enjoy the selection. If you would like to submit your recommendations, feel free to use the comments section to make additions or you can email suggestions to tips [at] rhizome.org. Please keep in mind that the videos must be available online in their entirety and, ideally, embeddable.

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Top 5 - 10

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Caitlin Jones is the Executive Director of the Western Front Society in Vancouver, BC. Prior to this appointment she had a combined curatorial and conservation position at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and was the Director of Programming at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York. A key member of the Variable Media Network, Caitlin has also been responsible for developing important tools and policy for the preservation of electronic and ephemeral artworks. She has been a contributor to Rhizome and her other writings have appeared in a wide range of exhibition catalogues, periodicals and other international publications.



► The Real Thing« curated by VVORK
VVORK taking it to the next level.

► Donk -- Music World.
Never thought I would be so into something that Vice Magazine was responsible for, but this documentary is fantastic. Thanks Michael Bell-Smith for telling me about it.

► The Bichon Frisé in Art @ Art since the Summer 69
http://www.artsince69.com/index.php?/upcoming/the-bichon-frise-in-art/
http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~eshephar/bichoninart/bichoninart.html
C-U-T-E

► See This Sound
http://www.lentos.at/en/45_1769.asp
http://beta.see-this-sound.at/
One of the best "historical" shows I've seen in years.

► Digital Folklore Reader
(full disclosure, I worked as an editor on this book)
Smart, original and has unicorns on the cover.
Edited by Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied
Designed by Manuel Buerger
Texts and projects by: Cory Arcangel, Julia Böger, Manuel Buerger, Helene Dams, Dragan Espenschied, Jörg Frohnmayer, Mark Grimm, Christopher Heller, Yunchul Kim, Dennis Knopf, Stefan Krappitz, Florian Kröner, Tobias Leingruber, Olia Lialina, Leo Merz, Bernadette Neuroth, o+ro, johannes p osterhoff, Isabel Pettinato, Michael Ruß, Theo Seemann, Alexander Schlegel, Bert Schutzbach, Siegfried Zielinsky

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Interview with Christiane Paul

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The Third Quadrilateral Biennial opened last week at the MMSU in Rijeka, Croatia, and it will remain on view until January 13, 2010. The Biennial emerged out of a cultural partnership between four participating countries - Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary and Italy. Artists from these countries are selected for exhibition in the Biennial. The focus for this year is new media art, and the organizers fittingly selected acclaimed new media art scholar and curator Christiane Paul as the Artistic Director for the Biennial. Paul took a moment to answer a few questions about the exhibition over email.

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