A Life in Waves

"A Life in Waves" explores the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani. From her earliest days learning the piano, to her multi-million dollar advertising ventures, to her successes in the world of New Age music, to her recent re-connection with her beloved Buchla synthesizer, the film is a journey into Suzanne's mind, offering a feminine glimpse into the often complicated world of electronic music. Utilizing a wealth of archival footage and Suzanne’s endless catalog of music, "A Life in Waves" is a nostalgic, visually-compelling look at one woman's journey, and the trials she overcame to succeed in a traditionally male-dominated art form.

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Brett Whitcomb




Showrunner: Bradford Thomason, Brett Whitcomb
Director: Brett Whitcomb
Executive Producer: Money Mark, Bryant Saxon, Michael Self, Kenta Fujimoto, Ali Clark
Producer: Bradford Thomason, Brett Whitcomb
Screenwriter: Bradford Thomason
Cinematographer: Brett Whitcomb
Editor: Bradford Thomason
Sound Designer: Lawrence Everson
Principal Cast: Suzanne Ciani, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kitaro, Peter Baumann, Dorit Chrysler, Sarah Davachi, Don Buchla
Additional Credits: Music by: Suzanne CIani


Public Film Contact
Brett Whitcomb
Window Pictures
Publicity Contact
April Mitchell
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2016
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Biography, Documentary, Music
Screening Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 75 mins