The soundtrack for the modular synth documentary I Dream Of Wires (IDOW) is featured today at NPR.
The IDOW soundtrack is by Jason Amm, aka Solvent, and features “a ridiculous arsenal’ of vintage and modern modular synthesizers. The music video, above, is for Amm’s Burn The Tables, from the IDOW soundtrack New Ways.
This piece was created as a showcase for digital wavetable synthesis. A basic synthesized kick-snare pattern was subjected to extreme wavetable distortion, via Modcan’s 22B Blacet/Wiard Miniwave module. The 22B also forms the bassline sound, and in some sections the wave selection is sequenced for abrupt timbral variations. Additional digital grit is also provided by the WMD Geiger Counter wavetable distortion module.
For the music video, director Jennifer Stratford took footage from I Dream of Wires and mixed the signal into a LZX Video Synthesizer and a Fairlight CVI, the vintage machine responsible for some of the effects seen in the first MTV videos.
You can preview the full soundtrack below:
New Ways, the IDOW soundtrack, is available in a variety of formats:
- CD = $12
- Red Vinyl = $28
- Vinyl = $25
- Red Vinyl + CD = $39
- Vinyl + CD = $36
- download-only MP3 = $10
- download-only ALAC = $10
- download-only FLAC = $10