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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.
Each documentary can cover a multi-year or decade period. I've tried to pick a point in the chronology that is most suitable for each piece, but you may find some that don't immediately make sense.

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

  • Sisters with Transistors

    6

  • The Alchemists of Sound

    7

  • The Delian Mode

    8

  • Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And Legendary Tapes

    9

  • I Dream of Wires

    10

  • I Dream Of Wires (Hardcore Edition)

    11

  • What The Future Sounded Like

    12

  • Moog

    13

  • Tuning In – A Film about Karlheinz Stockhausen

    14

  • Elektro Moskva

    15

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

    16

  • Deep Listening: The Story Of Pauline Oliveros

    17

  • Discovering Electronic Music: Revised

    18

  • Haack ...The King of Techno

    19

  • Dub Echoes

    20

  • Dub Stories

    21

  • Musically Mad

    22

  • Krautrock : The Rebirth of Germany

    23

  • Tangerine Dream: Sound from Another World

    24

  • Revolution of Sound - Tangerine Dream

    25

  • Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution

    26

  • Italo Disco Legacy

    27

  • The New Sound of Music

    28

  • The Rise of the Synths

    29

  • Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay

    30

  • A Life in Waves

    31

  • Fantastic Man

    32

  • Brian Eno: Another Green World

    33

  • Synth Britannia

    34

  • Yazoo: A Short Film

    35

  • The Posters Came from the Walls

    36

  • Depeche Mode: The Dark Progression

    37

  • 808

    38

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

    39

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

    40

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

    41

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

    42

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

    43

  • Darkbeat

    44

  • Sample This

    45

  • Copyright Criminals

    46

  • Scratch

    47

  • Maestro

    48

  • Diggin' in the Carts

    49

  • I Was There When House Took Over the World

    50

  • The House That Trax Built

    51

  • The House That Chicago Built

    52

  • How Clubbing Changed the World

    53

  • The Sound of Belgium

    54

  • They Call It Acid

    55

  • The Story of STREETrave

    56

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

    57

  • The Summer of Rave, 1989

    58

  • The Chemical Generation

    59

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

    60

  • Berkshire Goes Balearic

    61

  • Beyond Ultra Violence: Uneasy Listening by Merzbow

    62

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

    63

  • Bristol Bass Oddity

    64

  • Unfinished: The Making of Massive Attack

    65

  • Cycles of the Mental Machine

    66

  • Never Stop: Music That Resists

    67

  • High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music

    68

  • Black to Techno

    69

  • SubBerlin - Underground United

    70

  • Sound of Berlin

    71

  • Melbourne Shuffler

    72

  • Universal Techno

    73

  • Hang the DJ

    74

  • Modulations

    75

  • We Call It Techno!

    76

  • Love Parade: When Love Learned to Dance

    77

  • Better Living Through Circuitry

    78

  • Paris/Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno

    79

  • The Man from Mo'Wax

    80

  • The Rest Is History

    81

  • Drum & Bass: The Movement

    82

  • All Junglists: A London Somet'ing Dis

    83

  • Jungle Fever

    84

  • Sounds of the West - Bristol Jungle Documentary

    85

  • Kool FM: Pirate Radio Documentary

    86

  • Tape Crackers: An Oral History of Jungle Pirate Radio

    87

  • Talkin' Headz

    88

  • Goldie: When Saturn Returns

    89

  • Broken Vibes

    90

  • Music Is My Drug

    91

  • Synergy: Visions of Vibe

    92

  • Pump Up the Volume

    93

  • 10 Years Of Dance Music: The Documentary

    94

  • Put the Needle on the Record

    95

  • When I Sold My Soul To The Machine

    96

  • Pioneers of Electronic Music, Volume 1: Richie Hawtin

    97

  • Tiësto: Another Day at the Office

    98

  • Liquid Vinyl

    99

  • Speaking in Code

    100