Suzanne Ciani: A Life in Waves

First premiered at SXSW this year, Brett Whitcomb’s documentary on Suzanne Ciani finally comes to theatres throughout the U.S. in August, with oversea dates hopefully following soon after. While the name Ciani rings a bell with those who have an interest in 1980s ambient and new age music, most recently a collaboration with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, her sounds have made an impact on the mainstream through countless commercials, video games and feature films. If the trailer got you excited, make sure to check out her YouTube channel and, of course, her discography.

Broken Vibes, the long-lost documentary about Broken Beat

In December 2006, a trailer to a documentary called Urban Vibes has been uploaded to YouTube. I remember running into the French film crew at the Notting Hill Carnival the summer before and was eager to watch the documentary once completed. Years passed and occasionally I remembered it, searched on Google, but while it was marked complete, I never ended up seeing it. Eventually, I forgot about it.

And then today, the unthinkable happened. Bored at work, I scrolled down my Instagram feed and ran across an interesting post by Mr Beatnick. Another search of Google, not expecting anything, I came across the full documentary which is now available for stream on Vimeo On Demand. Rebranded “Broken Vibes”, you can rent it for only €2 and stream it in Full HD for 48 hours! If you need to be convinced, watch an extended clip the trailer above.

µ20 (The Documentary)

The Vinyl Factory did a short documentary on Mike Paradina’s Planet Mu, the label he started 20 years ago as a subsidiary of Virgin Records. As you’d expect, the video features some archive footage and interviews with Mike, telling the label’s history from its humble beginnings, to the influence it had in putting dubstep and footwork on the musical map for many of us living outside the respective breeding grounds London and Chicago.

Earlier this year, Planet Mu released a compilation celebrating its anniversary with exclusive music from Kuedo, FaltyDL, Ekoplekz, Oriol, Machinedrum and many more.

Looking for the Perfect Beat

In summer 2014, a first trailer for Looking for the Perfect Beat surfaced, yet another documentation about the Los Angeles scene centered around Low End Theory. Unlike The Beat or All Ears, this film was actually completed and was shown at various festivals around the world. The documentary follows the likes of Teebs, Daedelus, Ras G, Tokimonsta, Jonwayne or Matthewdavid, giving insights into their creative process.

If you’re living in LA, you have a chance to watch it at the Downtown Independent over the next couple of days. Everybody else needs to keep an eye out or wait for some kind of digital release.

February 24, 2015 You can now watch the full documentary on Vimeo On Demand

Looking for the Perfect Beat

From All Ears to The Beat, we have already featured several trailers for films documenting the Los Angeles beat scene. To be honest, I haven’t heard about any of these since their announcements, so you might ask why bother writing about another one? While my personal interest in this so-called beat scene has continuously been fading since its peak in 2009 or so, Looking for the Perfect Beat seems to be the one documentary on the matter that has been completed and documents a relevant part of the movement.

Filmed by Matthew F. Smith, it centers around LA’s Low End Theory club night features interviews with the likes of Thundercat, Gaslamp Killer, Teebs, Matthewdavid, Daedelus, Jonwayne, and many more. The premiere takes place tomorrow at the Downtown Film Festival and will hopefully be followed by more screenings or even on-demand stream.

February 24, 2015 You can now watch the full documentary on Vimeo On Demand

What Difference Does It Make?

Whether you’re a musician or a fan of music, you’ve likely heard about the Red Bull Music Academy and all the greatness that comes out of it. Already in their 15th year, they are celebrating this milestone with the release of a free documentary directed by Ralf Schmerberg. Featuring interviews with a cast including Erykah Badu, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Flying Lotus, James Murphy and many (many!) more, you will be able to watch it in its full glory on the RBMA15 website. At the point of this writing, the countdown is at T minus 26 hours!

February 18, 2014 Replaced the trailer with the full documentary!

Four Tet: Looking Backward, Moving Forward

In this short video documentary by The Creator’s Project, Kieran Hebden looks back at some of his early releases as Four Tet, giving some insights on making them, putting them in context.

(via Green Tea Session)

O Som Do Vinil: Arthur Verocai

O Som Do Vinil (“The Sound of Vinyl”) is a Brazilian television show presented by percussionist Charles Gavin. This episode centers around arranger and composer Arthur Verocai and his 1972 masterpiece album, an overlooked record at the time of its release, only gaining a wider audience after being sampled by various American hip-hop producers and the its reissue on Luv N’ Haight (and Kindred Spirits.)

Originally aired in May 2011, YouTube user utters added English subtitles and uploaded it to his profile.

(via Green Tea Session)

The Designers Republic: Work, Buy, Consume, Die

I became conscious of the work by The Designers Republic with my increased interest in the music released on Warp Records and the Wipeout video game franchise on the Sony Playstation. My guess would be, that unless you have a special interest in graphic design, your story would be a similar one. Creative Review just announced that the Nicola Paton is looking for funding for his documentary on the former Sheffield-based design studio (they closed down in 2009.)

You can support the director by backing the project via his Kickstarter page, the campaign runs until June 9, 2013.

All Ears: A Glimpse into the L.A. Beat Community

All Ears is a documentary on the Los Angeles beat scene, directed by independent filmmaker Gus Sutherland and premiered last week at SXSW. A look at the trailer reveals the involvement of Daedelus, Eothen “Egon” Alapatt, Ras G, Kutmah, Matthewdavid – and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, there is no announcement yet for future screenings or a release of this documentary.

This is already the second documentary on the LA scene on our radar, we previously wrote about The Beat which still seems to be in the making (updates on their Vimeo page!) In the meantime, London-based Laurent Fintoni is working on a book on the subject.

(via Okayfuture)

The Beat: The Evolution of a Movement

San Francisco-based video production house Chromavision is currently working on a documentary on the now famous LA beat scene. Their goal is to tell the story of this musical movement that started in clubs such as Sketchbook or Low End Theory, and ignited the careers of the likes of Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, Ras G, or Sweatson Klank .

However, to make this project happen the team needs your help! Feel invited to pledge a dollar (up to $10,000) on Kickstarter and receive exclusive gifts in return.

October 2, 2012 Watch an interview snippet with Take taken from the documentaray

Until The Quiet Comes

While I liked the concept of those three accompanying EPs to Flying Lotus’ Los Angeles album, I completely understand when an artists decides against upfront singles or remixes, in hope to get people to listen to the whole undiluted album. FlyLo kept it that way with Cosmogramma (there were Alt Takes though) and the new album Until The Quiet Comes will be treated equally – though that doesn’t mean there aren’t any teasers. Maybe it was his own past as a film student that lead to the making of this short film directed by Kahlil Joseph, featuring music from the album.

Until The Quiet Comes will be out on all formats on October 2, 2012. It’s available for pre-order from Bleep.

January 23, 2013 Congrats to Kahlil on winning the Sundance Jury Award for this short film

Jazzanova like a band

The last couple of years it’s been rather quiet around Jazzanova. Only recently they resurfaced with a collection and with another album by Micatone in the pipeline, their label Sonar Kollektiv seems to be reactivated as well.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Berlin based group announced the making of a Jazzanova documentary, covering their 15-year long career.

Jazzanova like a band was initiated by freier.eckert, who filmed for three years in locations such as Berlin, London, or Rio de Janeiro. To finish their project, they’re relying on your support. You can back up their campaign on the crowd-funding platform Inkubator, where you can choose between several options.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

For 30 years, in the basement of a Swedish TV station, a treasure of 16mm film material documenting the Black Power movement between the years 1967 and 1975. Göran Hugo Olsson put together a collage of interviews with the likes ofAngela Davis, Bobby Seale, Stokely Carmichael, or Kathleen Cleaver.

The film further features music by The Root’s ?uestlove and Om’Mas Keith of SA-RA, and commentaries from people inspired in those days, including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

A trailer for The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is now available on Apple’s website, on Vimeo you’ll get a first look and a Q&A with Danny Glover.

Dave Lambert: Audition at RCA

This is a fifteen minute documentary by D.A. Pennebaker on jazz singer and vocalese originator Dave Lambert.

Pennebaker is an acclaimed filmmaker, known for his documentaries on Bob Dylan and David Bowie. In 1964 he filmed this audition of Lambert’s then newly formed quartet Lambert & Co., only months before the latter died in a tragic car accident. This audition is the last filmed footage of Lambert and the only recording of the quartet’s music.

Read the full story on Lambert and the making of this documentary over at All About Jazz.

(via Brownswood)