Rhizome.org just finished their week of documentaries about the history of electronic music. I recently already introduced some of the featured BBC4 videos here, but the collection of rhizome reaches much further. There is this documentary about EMS – What the Future Sounded Like:

…but there is also footage (of sometimes annoyingly bad quality) about the Telharmonium, the Sonovox, an early vocoder-like device, a short clip about the first singing computer, a documentary about Moog, the Theremin, Max Mathews & Miller Puckette, The Shape of Things That Hum, Landscape with Alvin Lucier, Chicago Hip House, The History of House Music, Laurie Spiegel of Bell Labs, a BBC2 Jungle Documentary, Detroit Ghettotech and Imaginary Landscape by Brian Eno. Speaking of Brian Eno: Paul Morley recently spoke to Brian Eno for a BBC arena documentary in which Eno proved that he is always good for a controversal and catchy phrase about the music industry:

“The record age was just a blip. It was a bit like if you had a source of whale blubber in the 1840s and it could be used as fuel. Before gas came along, if you traded in whale blubber, you were the richest man on Earth. Then gas came along and you’d be stuck with your whale blubber. Sorry mate – history’s moving along. Recorded music equals whale blubber. Eventually, something else will replace it.”