The history and resurgence of the electronic modular music synthesizer.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patti Schmidt ...
Narrator (voice)
Joel Chadabe ...
Himself, Electronic Music Foundation
John Mills-Cockell ...
Himself, Syrinx
Morton Subotnick ...
Terry Pender ...
Himself, Columbia University
Brad Garton ...
Himself, Columbia University
Herbert Deutsch ...
Himself (as Herb Deutsch)
Dean Batute ...
Maggi Payne ...
Herself, Mills College
Bernard Krause ...
Himself, Beaver & Krause (as Bernie Krause)
William Maginnis ...
David Kronemyer ...
Ramon Sender ...
Mark Verbos ...
Himself, Verbos Electronics
Robi Kauker ...
Himself, Electronic Arts, Inc.


A documentary about the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer; exploring the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this esoteric electronic music machine. Written by Anonymous

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Simple, but huge factual errors and omissions
18 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., OAKLAND, California. Not Berkeley. Why show an aerial of UC Berkeley, and then move to introducing Buchla at Mills? Pick one. But, in any case, Mills is in Oakland. If you can't get the physical location right, what else does your film get wrong?

Previous reviewer has mentioned your complete lack of the British people and instruments, so I'll only support them. You have a mention of how the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, ELP, etc., had synthesizers. How did these British musicians all find synthesizers if there were not British influences? Again, if your film makes such huge omissions, what else is missing?

Also, if not for Wendy Carlos, "Switched-On Bach," her score for, "A Clockwork Orange," and the popularization of electronic music, we may not have seen the proliferation of synthesizers and electronic music. But, you do her a disservice by only allowing critiques of, "Switched-On Bach." She continued to widen the vocabulary of electronic music throughout her life and remains a pioneer.

Granted, you are trying to tell the story of the beginning, but your basic factual errors and omissions became distracting to this viewer and put this film's veracity into question.

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