Bright Sparks, released this week, is a multi-media project which documents the stories of a number of electronic music pioneers and companies (Moog, EMS, Freeman, Buchla, ARP, Chamberlin, Mellotron, EDP). Exploring the human stories behind these early companies and instruments, the film captures the passion of the engineers who were driven to design something, and their struggles as they single-mindedly pursued their vision.
The film also includes contributions from artists who pay tribute to the pioneers, incuding Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Rick Smith & Karl Hyde (Underworld), Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails), Billy Currie & Chris Cross (Ultravox), Daniel Miller (Mute) and Adrian Utley (Portishead).
In addition to the documentary film there is a concept album, by project founders I Monster, which was created on vintage syntehsizers and computer recreations of classic analog instruments and includes contributions from Dave Spiers and Stewart Lee (among others).
The film and album package is available to download now on the Bright Sparks site, and the album will be physically released on 26th February