I Dream Of Wires (2014 Waveshaper Media, directed by Robert Fantinatto) is a documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of a machine that shaped electronic music: the modular synthesizer. Over 100 inventors, musicians and enthusiasts are interviewed about their relationship with the modular synthesizer – for many, it’s an all-consuming passion.
Beginning with an historical primer, I Dream Of Wires explores the early development of modular synthesizers in the 1960s, from pioneering companies Moog and Buchla. We speak to early adopters of the modular synthesizer, forward-thinking musicians like Morton Subotnick and Herb Deutsch, offering insight into the modular synthesizer’s conception.
Electronic pioneers like Gary Numan and Daniel Miller discuss the modular synthesizer’s 1970s heyday, through to its near-extinction in the 1980s, while established musicians including Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Vince Clarke (Erasure) talk about their ongoing passion for the modular synthesizer, and how it influences their music. Meanwhile, a new generation of dance and electronica artists including Carl Craig and James Holden explain why they’ve stepped away from laptops to embrace the sound and physicality of modular synthesizers. Innovative companies Modcan and Doepfer reveal how they planted the seeds that have now grown into a major cottage industry.
Through tracing the history of the modular synthesizer, I Dream Of Wires also outlines the history of electronic music as a whole, from its very beginnings at the dawn of the electric age. The film provides a fascinating look at how technology has shaped the electronic music landscape.
Additional credits: Director: Robert Fantinatto Producer: Jason Amm Soundtrack: Solvent (OST via Suction Records / Ghostly International)
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