I Dream Of Wires – an independent documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer – will make its theatrical debut at Moogfest 2014 on Saturday April 26, at noon in the Fine Arts Theater. A 2nd Moogfest screening is scheduled for April 27.
The documentary features interviews with over 100 modular musicians, inventors and enthusiasts, including Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Gary Numan, Vince Clarke (Erasure), Morton Subotnick, Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Daniel Miller, Carl Craig, Flood, Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy), James Holden, Factory Floor, Legowelt, Clark, John Foxx and Bernie Krause, as well as manufacturers and modular industry leaders Doepfer, Modcan, and Make Noise.
I Dream of Wires begins with an historical primer, exploring the early development of modular synthesizers from pioneering companies Moog Music Inc. and Buchla and Associates, right through to the near-extinction of these instruments, brought on by the introduction of portable, digital synthesizers in the ’80s. From there, the rebirth of the modular synthesizer is retraced, leading into the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer.
The 4-hour cut of the film, I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition, was released last year and is available on DVD and BluRay.
Details on the premiere are available at the Moogfest site. Additional theatrical showings are planned.