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

  • I Dream of Wires

    9

  • I Dream Of Wires (Hardcore Edition)

    10

  • What The Future Sounded Like

    11

  • Moog

    12

  • Tuning In – A Film about Karlheinz Stockhausen

    13

  • Elektro Moskva

    14

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

    15

  • Deep Listening: The Story Of Pauline Oliveros

    16

  • Discovering Electronic Music: Revised

    17

  • Haack ...The King of Techno

    18

  • Dub Echoes

    19

  • Dub Stories

    20

  • Musically Mad

    21

  • Krautrock : The Rebirth of Germany

    22

  • Tangerine Dream: Sound from Another World

    23

  • Revolution of Sound - Tangerine Dream

    24

  • Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution

    25

  • Italo Disco Legacy

    26

  • The New Sound of Music

    27

  • The Rise of the Synths

    28

  • Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay

    29

  • A Life in Waves

    30

  • Fantastic Man

    31

  • Brian Eno: Another Green World

    32

  • Synth Britannia

    33

  • Yazoo: A Short Film

    34

  • The Posters Came from the Walls

    35

  • Depeche Mode: The Dark Progression

    36

  • 808

    37

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

    38

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

    39

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

    40

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

    41

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

    42

  • Darkbeat

    43

  • SampleThis

    44

  • Copyright Criminals

    45

  • Scratch

    46

  • Maestro

    47

  • Diggin' in the Carts

    48

  • I Was There When House Took Over the World

    49

  • The House That Trax Built

    50

  • The House That Chicago Built

    51

  • How Clubbing Changed the World

    52

  • The Sound of Belgium

    53

  • They Call It Acid

    54

  • The Story of STREETrave

    55

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

    56

  • The Summer of Rave, 1989

    57

  • The Chemical Generation

    58

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

    59

  • Berkshire Goes Balearic

    60

  • Beyond Ultra Violence: Uneasy Listening by Merzbow

    61

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

    62

  • Bristol Bass Oddity

    63

  • Unfinished: The Making of Massive Attack

    64

  • Cycles of the Mental Machine

    65

  • Never Stop: Music That Resists

    66

  • High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music

    67

  • Black to Techno

    68

  • SubBerlin - Underground United

    69

  • Sound of Berlin

    70

  • Melbourne Shuffler

    71

  • Universal Techno

    72

  • Hang the DJ

    73

  • Modulations

    74

  • We Call It Techno!

    75

  • Love Parade: When Love Learned to Dance

    76

  • Better Living Through Circuitry

    77

  • Paris/Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno

    78

  • The Man from Mo'Wax

    79

  • The Rest Is History

    80

  • Drum & Bass: The Movement

    81

  • All Junglists A London Someting Dis

    82

  • Jungle Fever

    83

  • Sounds of the West - Bristol Jungle Documentary

    84

  • Kool FM: Pirate Radio Documentary

    85

  • Tape Crackers: An Oral History of Jungle Pirate Radio

    86

  • Talkin' Headz

    87

  • Goldie: When Saturn Returns

    88

  • Broken Vibes

    89

  • Music Is My Drug

    90

  • Synergy: Visions of Vibe

    91

  • Pump Up the Volume

    92

  • 10 Years Of Dance Music: The Documentary

    93

  • Put the Needle on the Record

    94

  • When I Sold My Soul To The Machine

    95

  • Pioneers of Electronic Music, Volume 1: Richie Hawtin

    96

  • Tiësto: Another Day at the Office

    97

  • Liquid Vinyl

    98

  • Speaking in Code

    99

  • Rewind 4Ever

    100