Better Living Through Circuitry
|Better Living Through Circuitry|
|Directed by||Jon Reiss|
|Produced by||Cleopatra Records, Parasite Production|
|Starring||Moby, Lord T. Byron, McGuinnes|
Better Living Through Circuitry is a 1999 documentary directed by Jon Reiss about the electronic dance music cultural scene of the 90's. This is considered the first full-length documentary film that goes behind the electronic dance scene and uncovers the culture it has spawned. The film presented aspects of rave culture such as: empowerment through advances in musical electronics technology, the DIY (do-it-yourself) ethic, and the flowering of a new spirituality embracing transcendence through sound and rhythm. A cross-section of the techno subculture is represented. Ravers, DJs and musicians speak for themselves about their music and ideals. Produced by Cleopatra Pictures and Entertainment Group, presided by Cleopatra Records founder Brian Perera.
Better Living Through Circuitry equally emphasizes graphic designers, promoters, fans and other essential components of the scene, such as Mike Szabo, whose flyers for "N.A.S.A." (Nocturnal Audio + Sensory Awakening) events at Club Shelter, are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum and the Pure Children/Earth Program Collective who worked and lived in a New York City loft space from which they created graphics, promoted raves and managed their own record label.
Filming started in March 1997, with a budget of $100,000, at the Winter Music Conference. In keeping with the theme of "empowerment through technology" Better Living Through Circutry utilized some of what was considered, at the time of production, the latest digital film-making equipment. It was all filmed on a tiny Sony VX1000 digital video camera which was usually taken by the director into raves in a backpack.
Virtually all post-production including editing, on-line, titles and effects were all performed in a spare bedroom of the producer's apartment using the Media 100 non-linear digital editing system and utilizing Adobe After Effects software on a Power Macintosh computer.
- "Truth In The Eyes Of a Spaceship (Edit)" – Spaceship Eyes
- "Expander (Remix)" – The Future Sound of London (as Future Sound of London)
- "Now Is The Time (Millennium Remix)" – The Crystal Method (as Crystal Method)
- "Endor Fun (Edit)" – LCD
- "Money For E" – Psychic TV
- "Peace In Zaire" – DJ Spooky
- "Brown Paper Bag" – Roni Size
- "Parts 1-4" – Meat Beat Manifesto
- "Cetch Da Monkey" – Atomic Babies
- "Freaks" – Überzone (as T. Wiles)
- "Caterpillar" – Keoki
- "Deus" – Electric Skychurch
- Bell, Carrie (October 4, 1997), "Cleopatra documents the electronica scene on film", Billboard 109 (40): 103, ISSN 0006-2510
- N.A.S.A. flyer art (flash) by Mike Szabo
- N.A.S.A. flyer art (JPEGs) by Mike Szabo
- Mike Szabo - Resume
- "PURE CHILDREN/EARTH PROGRAM""COLLECTIVE, WHO WORK AND LIVE COMMUNALLY IN A NEW""YORK CITY LOFT SPACE FROM WHICH THEY CREATE""GRAPHICS, PROMOTE RAVES AND RUN THEIR OWN""RECORD LABEL" - Google Search (text from .swf)
- (me, joeltee) my brother, jason, and my friend nick and robb hart were the pure children. (earthprogram.com joeltjordan.com) - rhythmism.com/forum
- Searching for the perfect beat : flyer designs of the American rave scene - Joel T Jordan; Jason A Jordan; Earth Program Ltd.; Summer Forest Hoeckel in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- (Nick, Joel, Jason, Rob, Guav, Andrew, etc.)@The Earth Program/Pure Children - GFS Productions | Info | Thanks
- Better Living Through Circuitry at the Internet Movie Database
- Better Living Through Circuitry Trailer on YouTube - Jon Reiss's channel on YouTube
- The Synergy! The Ecstasy! The Biology! - Movie Review - Better Living Through Circuitry - NYTimes.com
- Raves, the Celluloid Rage - Los Angeles Times