A Documentary History of Electronic Music

A chronological list of documentaries detailing the technology, people, institutions, and events that have defined the evolution of electronic music from Musique Concrète to EDM.

Concert videos, live shows, and feature length music videos have all been excluded in favor of films that look to inform on their subject rather than let you revel in them. There are a growing number of films like this becoming more easily available all the time. I've attempted to list everything in one place as a resource for nerds like myself.

Although I love a lot of the music featured here, I can't say the same for a lot of these documentaries. Obsessives and completionists will no doubt watch regardless, but for everyone else please check ratings and notes before you decide to watch.…

Streaming links included when available. Please let me know if they are dead.

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  • Magic Music from the Telharmonium

    1

  • OHM+ : The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music : 1948-1980

    2

  • Wavemakers

    3

  • Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

    4

  • The Greatest Theremin Virtuosa

    5

  • The Alchemists of Sound

    6

  • The Delian Mode

    7

  • I Dream of Wires

    8

  • I Dream Of Wires (Hardcore Edition)

    9

  • What The Future Sounded Like

    10

  • Moog

    11

  • Tuning In – A Film about Karlheinz Stockhausen

    12

  • Elektro Moskva

    13

  • Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott

    14

  • Deep Listening: The Story Of Pauline Oliveros

    15

  • Discovering Electronic Music: Revised

    16

  • Haack ...The King of Techno

    17

  • Dub Echoes

    18

  • Dub Stories

    19

  • Musically Mad

    20

  • Krautrock : The Rebirth of Germany

    21

  • Tangerine Dream: Sound from Another World

    22

  • Revolution of Sound - Tangerine Dream

    23

  • Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution

    24

  • Italo Disco Legacy

    25

  • The New Sound of Music

    26

  • The Rise of the Synths

    27

  • Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay

    28

  • A Life in Waves

    29

  • Fantastic Man

    30

  • Brian Eno: Another Green World

    31

  • Synth Britannia

    32

  • Yazoo: A Short Film

    33

  • Our Hobby is Depeche Mode

    34

  • Depeche Mode: The Dark Progression

    35

  • 808

    36

  • Depeche Mode: 1980–81 “Do We Really Have to Give Up Our Day Jobs?”

    37

  • Depeche Mode: 1982 “The Beginning of Their So-Called Dark Phase…”

    38

  • Depeche Mode: 1983 “Teenagers Growing Up, Bad Government… and All That Stuff.”

    39

  • Everybody in The Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992

    40

  • Depeche Mode: 1985–86 “The Songs Aren't Good Enough, There Aren't Any Singles and It'll Never Get Played on the Radio”

    41

  • Darkbeat

    42

  • SampleThis

    43

  • Copyright Criminals

    44

  • Scratch

    45

  • Maestro

    46

  • Diggin' in the Carts

    47

  • I Was There When House Took Over the World

    48

  • The House That Trax Built

    49

  • The House That Chicago Built

    50

  • How Clubbing Changed the World

    51

  • The Sound of Belgium

    52

  • They Call It Acid

    53

  • The Story of STREETrave

    54

  • Depeche Mode: 1989–90 “If You Wanna Use Guitars, Use Guitars…”

    55

  • The Summer of Rave, 1989

    56

  • The Chemical Generation

    57

  • Depeche Mode: 1991–1994 “We Were Going to Live Together, Record Together… and It Was Going to Be Wonderful…”

    58

  • Berkshire Goes Balearic

    59

  • Beyond Ultra Violence: Uneasy Listening by Merzbow

    60

  • The Unusual Suspects: Once Upon A Time In House Music

    61

  • Bristol Bass Oddity

    62

  • Unfinished: The Making of Massive Attack

    63

  • Cycles of the Mental Machine

    64

  • Never Stop: Music That Resists

    65

  • High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music

    66

  • Black to Techno

    67

  • SubBerlin - Underground United

    68

  • Sound of Berlin

    69

  • Melbourne Shuffler

    70

  • Universal Techno

    71

  • Hang the DJ

    72

  • Modulations

    73

  • We Call It Techno!

    74

  • Love Parade: When Love Learned to Dance

    75

  • Better Living Through Circuitry

    76

  • Paris/Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno

    77

  • The Man from Mo'Wax

    78

  • The Rest Is History

    79

  • Drum & Bass: The Movement

    80

  • All Junglists A London Someting Dis

    81

  • Jungle Fever

    82

  • Sounds of the West - Bristol Jungle Documentary

    83

  • Kool FM: Pirate Radio Documentary

    84

  • Tape Crackers: An Oral History of Jungle Pirate Radio

    85

  • Talkin' Headz

    86

  • Goldie: When Saturn Returns

    87

  • Broken Vibes

    88

  • Music Is My Drug

    89

  • Synergy: Visions of Vibe

    90

  • Pump Up the Volume

    91

  • 10 Years Of Dance Music: The Documentary

    92

  • Put the Needle on the Record

    93

  • When I Sold My Soul To The Machine

    94

  • Pioneers of Electronic Music, Volume 1: Richie Hawtin

    95

  • Tiësto: Another Day at the Office

    96

  • Liquid Vinyl

    97

  • Speaking in Code

    98

  • Rewind 4Ever

    99

  • Brandy & Coke

    100