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Modulations: A History of Electronic Music: Throbbing Words on Sound

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Other books have been written on electronic music, but none with the breadth and accessibility offered by Modulations, the tie-in volume to the critically acclaimed 1998 film directed by Iara Lee. Going beyond the limits of an encyclopedia or a record guide, essays by musicians and music journalists illuminate such genres as techno, house, krautrock, disco, hip-hop, drum'n ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published September 2nd 2000 by Charles Rivers Publishing Co.
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Anne
Nov 22, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
Perhaps a bit dated now, but since I was looking for background and development its age didn't bother me too much. Also, I wasn't interested in scholarly slog through the history of electronic music so even though some chapters were more informative than others, the fairly casual writing was just perfect. Overall it was informative and engaging.

I definitely enjoyed the style and layout of the book even if it desperately needs additional editing. It just has a fun feel. And as a librarian, I love
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Keith Seekwhence
Nov 22, 2012 Keith Seekwhence rated it really liked it
Intended as an accompaniment to the film. Highly indepth in exploring the various and early genres in electronic music. Takes a thorough approach to production and over all importance of underground electronic music in a post rave, global community. Ponders on the importance of various forms and how they have or have not achieved heights and distances that were unintended by the original producers and champions of sound. I find the book to offer more robust content than the film in addition to a ...more
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Nov 06, 2010 Lsmith added it
"...the supposedly dehumanizing machine might actually make actually make us more human."
Genesis P-Orridge interiew "There lies the problem of punk to me - they wanted to learn to play music. To learn to play music based on rhythm and blues to become a slave of the system once more, so if you're going to play slave music, let it be about post-industrial slave society, where people worked in factories and mills. No one had really done that. No one had actually decided to make music rooted in the
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Michiel
Sep 24, 2007 Michiel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: electronic music freaks
A very comprehensive and nearly complete overview of electronic music in the 20th century. Neary, because the history of electronic music is never complete, and the writers of this book will be the first to admit this. Also, the book mainly focusses on electronic dance music (ie. house, drum 'n' bass etc.) and less on 'serious' electronic music (ie. Cage, Stockhausen, Reich etc.).

I got more enthousiastic about something I was already enthousiastic about. Highly recommended for anyone who had a p
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Jaina
Mar 29, 2008 Jaina rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: djs, ravers, electronic music lovers
Reminds me of good days. An interesting though not comprehensive look at electronic music.
Erik Mallinson
Jan 26, 2008 Erik Mallinson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, music
i give it 5 stars because I had a few "holy crap! I'll never look at music the same way" moments.
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I'm actually reading the English version...
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Not bad, but not terribly engaging either.
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