Documentary: Synth Britannia [update: vid unfortunately removed]

As posted recently via twitter, BBC4 has a great documentary on the evolution of british synth pop. If you're based in the UK, you can watch the episodes on BBC4's page - IPs from other countries are blocked for legal reasons.

Having watched the whole thing in parts on Youtube, I was happy to read at Kraftfuttermischwerk that somebody uploaded a full version to vimeo. The 90 minutes video is very thorough in detail and has some nice interview bits with the guys from Depeche Mode and Mute Records' boss, the guys from Human League, New Order and OMD to name but a few. There is also some original footage from "back in the days" of Gary Numan's appearance on Top of the Pops, early DM gigs and other guys with fearless hair styles and make-ups. On a side note, it's interesting to see how Kraftwerk influenced so many of those later to be famous artists, especially considering the state of synth pop or synth music in general in Germany in those years *cough*

Must see for anybody into electronic music and its sources! Have a great weekend!

BBC documentary: Alchemists Of Sound

It's weekend ahead and you probably have some spare time at your hands, so here's to all couch potatoes.

The grand old lady BBC has another documentary about the very beginnings of sound design called "Alchemists Of Sound". The documentary is from 2003 and sheds some light on the background of sound design with regards to TV and radio shows from the very beginnings.

If you prefer to download all the single parts (read: you want to watch it on your mobile or iPod, for example) rather than viewing it on YT, here's how you can do it:
simply add "pwn" in front of the links starting with "youtube" and you'll be presented a link where you can download a copy in the desired format (FLV or MP4).

Example: http://www.pwnyoutube.com/watch?v=-YCErcKWAno

Here are the links to the respective parts of "Alchemists Of Sound": (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)
Hope I'm not infringing the BBC's copyrights here but, on the other hand, the documentary is still up on YT although it's been linked to on MetaFilter some days ago already.

Have a nice weekend!