Music Videos

Dreamy music videos take you under the sea, light painting in air

Floating Points – Silhouettes (official video) from floating points on Vimeo.

Two videos for us today transport us to other imagined worlds.

‘Silhouettes’ from Floating Points is already lush and fantastic, synths crooning atop buttery strings and vocals, cinematic extravagance for a new generation. It’s sexy stuff.

And for the video, Barcelona-based experimental filmmakers Pablo Barquín, Junior Martínez, Nathan Grimes, and Anna Diaz Ortuño make some optical fireworks in the form of some seriously sophisticated light painting. At one point in the video the camera pulls back on the rig, and you see that, while the process goes digital, it begins with painstaking real-for-real photography. What they’ve done is transport nature to the photo rig rather than the other way around, apparently lending a higher degree of control.



‘Silhouettes’ is comprised of music from ’Silhouettes (I, II & III) which is taken from the forthcoming album, ‘Elaenia’, released on 6th November 2015 via Pluto.

Pre-order ‘Elaenia’:
Rough Trade:

A message from the Directors:
An oscillating stream of light attempts to intrude on an arid natural landscape, abstract light and a living environment merge, reacting to the dynamics of the music.
The luminous abstract forms are produced by a light painting machine that, frame by frame, draws in a real environment the 3D animated figures.
This is an experimental video created by Pablo Barquín, Junior Martínez, Nathan Grimes and Anna Diaz Ortuño.

Pablo Barquin // //
Junior Martínez // //


More from the artists:

And here’s an 11-minute stream.

For me, this same feeling of extending into a natural world that becomes supernatural, drift under the waves for a bit in the video for Aquatic Life – no less lush, if musically as well as visually submerged.

Aquatic life // Lpc from LPC on Vimeo.

This is the project of France’s Lpc collective:

We are a French electronic music association founded in 2012. Lpc aims to promote the various subcultures through various events. During our parties and concerts, we try to combine visual and sound art to fully immerse our audience. We would first like to offer you a quality music selection, in order to detach from too formalized party’s programming. Our goal is to make these experiences unique and transcendent.
Lpc’s project is dedicated to the memory of Antoine Debens, our faithful friend and former president of the association.

Find lots more music and video wonderlands on the Lpc Vimeo site:

And find Paris’ Monochrome on Facebook and SoundCloud:

Bonus points for even having the title alone, “Unforgettable call of the octopus.” Hint: if you were softly drifting off to a salty undersea sleep above, this might pick up your pulse again:

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Watch a full-length electronic documentary from the 90s, and more free videos


America’s on-again, off-again love affair with electronic music – often, with idioms it helped create – is endlessly full of unexpected twists and turns. But all this bears examining. For some, it’s a journey back to the music that first inspired them. For others, it’s a chance to learn, perhaps, how where music has been might help lead to where it’s going. It’s a chance not just to repeat electronic music past, but go beyond it.

And if you’re looking for something to entertain you this weekend, you could do worse than Modulations, a documentary from 1998.

Back then, it was “electronica,” not “EDM.” But then, as now, high culture met festival culture – Karlheinz Stockhausen and Danny Tenaglia get equal screen time. Robert Moog weighs in. Some figures – Carl Cox, Derrick May, Giorgio Moroder – are just at home on today’s lineups. Others are not. As in the 808 film, Arthur Baker gets a starring role, too.

The film is mainly a document about the dance scene, but as such, offers a reminder to what 90s culture was, and how it does and doesn’t mirror the situation today.

And now you can watch the full thing for free on Vimeo or YouTube. Ah, back when electronic music was real electronic music, parties were real parties, and all the women were purple. (Erm, see the cover image.) Um… right. The 90s. Here’s Vimeo:

Modulations – Full Feature Film from Cultures of Resistance Films on Vimeo.

But wait — there’s more.

David Abravanel, friend of the site, has done an extensive electronica nostalgia trip for Network Awesome, full of still more videos to occupy your brain. He writes:

“I vividly remember the first time I became aware of Electronica. I was 11 and a budding music obsessive, I watched MTV religiously. Sitting in the living room, my parents paying attention to other things, the video for The Prodigy’s “Breathe” came on. I still remember Maxim’s tattooed and painted body gliding towards me. It felt like some kind of disneyland horror ride, but with better music. Keith Flint sealed the deal – these were guys to freak out your parents, the popular kids, you name it.

For this article, assume “Electronica” by its American definition – a catch-all for all electronic music that hit mainstream between 1995 – 2000. It did this by positioning certain figures as rock stars (tellingly, The Prodigy’s breakthrough happened after Keith Flint and Maxim emerged as punky frontmen), and playing up its role as the “future of music”. While Electronica encompassed a number of genres – Daft Punk’s French Touch, Sneaker Pimps’ Trip Hop – Big Beat was clearly the leader.

Electronica also coincided with the most lucrative historical period for the recording industry – as such, artists who had just a few months ago been living check-to-check suddenly had high-budget videos commissioned. This is a celebration of those videos – narrowed down to one song per act, because people got things to do.”

- David Abravanel

Actually, I’ll say, part of why I miss the word “electronica” was that it could sometimes serve as catch-all for electronic music – a genre-blurring vagueness that’s perhaps needed even more in 2015 nomenclature than it was in the 90s. (Contrast EDM, which apart from the ‘d’ meaning ‘dance,’ should be completely general but means something sort of painfully specific.)

Don’t miss David’s full post on the topic:

Get Busy Child: Electronica Videos that Broke the US

And then head to Network Awesome to watch all the goodness, and never leave your house the rest of this weekend:

Network Awesome: Live Music Show – ‘Electronica’ (curated by David Abravanel)

Even me, a classical kid completely out of touch with dance music in the 90s — even I get a bit nostalgic for “Trip Like I Do.” (Also, I love that it samples The Dark Crystal in an all-too-rare crossover of dance music and the Muppets.) Oh yeah, that and The Matrix.

In other film news…

Electronic Beats today posted a trailer for this 2008 documentary on techno, which I wish were as easy to come by as the film above:

Oh yeah, and did we mention I Dream of Wires is now on Netflix? (plus digital services far and wide)

Have a great weekend, everyone. Hope you have a good time out listening to music – or at home making music and, of course, curling up in bed with The Internet and its video entertainment.

Another world…

Another time…

In the age of wonder…

Another world…

Another time…

This land was green and good.

The 90s.

Okay, I need to someday be somewhere where someone drops that track at exactly a completely inappropriate moment.

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Synth Jam In The Park, With An iPad, Volca Keys & A Wooden Box

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Perplex On, captures a synth jam in the park, featuring an iPad, a homemade wooden box (used as a trigger for the Impaktor app), a Korg nanoKontrol and a Korg Volca Keys. Technical details on the setup … href="">Continue reading class="meta-nav">→

Fusion Synth Jam

Sunday Synth Jam: This synth jam, via Manuele Montesanti aka Drift-Lab, is a fusion jam that features the sounds of the Yamaha Reface CS and DX. Here’s what he has to say about the jam: Hi Guys! i’m very excited … href="">Continue reading class="meta-nav">→

Richard Devine’s ‘Harmonic Symmetry’

Sunday Synth Jam: This synth jam, via synthesist Richard Devine, explores the recently introduced MakeNoise tELHARMONIC polyphonic synth module, and 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator: Here’s what devine has to say about the technical details: The master clock is the Tiptop Circadian Rhythms. Clock … href="">Continue reading class="meta-nav">→

Live Modular Looping Performances – Analog Canyon

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, by Bryan Noll, captures a live performance on Eurorack modular synthesizer, with Electro Harmonix 45000 looper. Technical Details: Ableton Live feeds notes to Yarns. Yarns in 4M, clocked by Ableton plays Tides > Clouds, triggers René, triggers … href="">Continue reading class="meta-nav">→

Live Electronic + Acoustic Synth Jam By Drahthaus

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live performance by Drahthaus – a Vienna -based quartet that mixes electronic and acoustic instruments – of Stolperdraht. Equipment used in this song: 4x Ableton Live Ableton Push Korg NanoKontrol Korg NanoKey Novation Ultranova Vestax Dj-Controller (Midi-mapped) … href="">Continue reading class="meta-nav">→

Live Performance Of Giorgio Moroder’s ‘Chase’, From Midnight Express

Sunday Synth Jam: After we shared Kebu’s great live arrangement of Giorgio Moroder’s Chase theme, from Midnight Express, reader Fred Traverso suggested this band version, by Kings Love Jacks. Kings Love Jacks is: Nicolas Picard (drums and programming) G-Rom Le Madec (bass) Ben Watts … href="">Continue reading class="meta-nav">→

Sunday Synth Jam: DellA “Sun” at Generic People Studios

Synth jam by Enrico “DellA” Dell’Aversana, at Generic People Studios in Cork City (Ireland).  Recorded live in one take, Summer 2015.

Detour’s ‘Art and Decibel’ – Portraits + MIDI

Denver painter Thomas Evans, aka Detour, creates portraits of iconic music figures that also have hidden musical features. Using Bare Conductive’s Touch Board and Electric Paint, Detour conceals boom boxes or even MIDI controllers in his creations: “I use the … href="">Continue reading class="meta-nav">→