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The Sound of Belgium (2012)

'The Sound of Belgium' explores the rich but untold story of Belgian electronic dance music. From the grand dance halls with Decap organs to the golden days of Popcorn; From dark and cold ... See full summary »

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Jozef Deville

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Jozef Deville, Pablo Eekman (co-writer)
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'The Sound of Belgium' explores the rich but untold story of Belgian electronic dance music. From the grand dance halls with Decap organs to the golden days of Popcorn; From dark and cold Electronic Body Music and New Beat to Belgian House and Techno An alternative chronicle of unique popular music, 'The Sound of Belgium' goes in search of the spirit of a nation and the people that danced to it. Written by Anonymous

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November 2012 (Belgium) See more »

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well-made and well-written documentary
15 November 2017 | by myriamlenysSee all my reviews

Intelligent and insightful documentary about an unusual subject : the musical landscape of young Belgium, or at least a certain kind of young Belgium, about a generation ago. Interesting narration and interviews with artists, celebrities and businessmen intertwine with well-chosen musical fragments. There is also ample background information about societal evolution. I was amazed to discover that I actually liked and understood some of the music, which was pretty strange given the fact that thirty years ago or so I would have sawn off my legs at the knees rather than enter one of the dancings or dance halls involved.

The documentary illustrates a typically Belgian habit, to wit an eclectic approach to fashions, trends and concepts sweeping through larger neighboring countries. Here in Belgium we live at the crossroads between various cultures : we tend to take an element here, an element there and mix them into something new and strange. (Think larcenous and slightly demented paradise birds, building bowers out of a variety of caps, buttons and buckles.)

A nice introduction which whets the appetite and invites the viewer to organize his or her own magical mystery tour through past and present.


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