Film POP and Festival International du Film sur l'Art (FIFA) present:
A Life in Waves
Director: Brett Whitcomb
Suzanne Ciani is a pioneer of electronic music, a virtuoso of analogue synthesizers, and an absolute legend of sound design; yet she somehow—and sadly—remains relatively unknown to the public. Working in the spirit of rediscovery and of consecration, A Life in Waves by Brett Whitcomb (whose documentary GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling inspired the Net ix series of the same name) is a dynamic and colourful overview of the life and work of this incredibly avant-garde musician on the electronic music scene. We watch Ciani as she learns piano at a very young age; experiences the advent of modular synthesizers in the '70s; builds a career in advertising (and in pinball!); and explores the New Age movement during the '80s. Really, it’s an entire musical genre which unfolds before our eyes via Whitcomb’s storytelling, whose documentary filmmaking is as colourful as it is playful, and showcases an exceptional woman who carved out a space for herself in a nascent industry where the rules had yet to be written. An absolute treat for any synth aficionado, or anyone nostalgic for the glories of a bygone era, where a mere analogue modulation bore all of the future’s promises.