At Moogfest 2014, we had the opportunity to see the US theatrical premiere of the modular synth documentary, I Dream Of Wires (IDOW).
Jason Amm, aka Solvent, was there and was selling copies of his soundtrack to the film, New Ways. We picked up a copy of the vinyl release, which is a gorgeous 2 x 12″ + 1 x 7″ package.
The album is Solvent’s sixth album, following releases on Suction Records, Ghostly International and Morr Music.
Amm, right, partnered with director Robert Fantinatto to help write and produce I Dream Of Wires. The film looks into the origin, demise and renaissance of the modular synthesizer. It features interviews with Trent Reznor, Vince Clarke, Chris Carter, Daniel Miller, Flood, John Foxx, Bernie Krause and dozens of other electronic musicians and manufactures.
As you might expect, Amm’s soundtrack was heavily influenced by his other work on the documentary. According to Amm, he looked on the soundtrack LP as a challenge; he was determined to expand his synthesis palette with the new possibilities of modular, but with a focus on completing a body of work. Continue reading
This video, via SoundsAndGear.com, is a review of the Soulsby Atmegatron 8-bit hackable monophonic synthesizer:
It’s a crazy little desktop synth with tons of waveforms, 15 filter types, the ability to upload your own waveforms, and even change or hack the OS to turn it into a totally different synthesizer!
It has a very different front panel, so we go through the layout as well as the sounds and I even show you a few of the unreleased OS versions as well as the official Atcyclatron OS which turns it into a wavetable cycling synth! Continue reading
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Innova has released a new album of music by Juan Blanco (1919-2008), a pioneer of electronic music in Cuba.
Blanco’s work is not well known, but he’s considered the first Cuban composer to explore electroacoustics, spatial music and multimedia works. Nuestro Tiempo offers a retrospective work.
The album features significant works from four decades in Blanco’s career. The works on Nuestro Tiempo are largely electronic, but also feature congas, timbales and saxophone. Continue reading
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EDM-Date is – wait for it – an EDM dating service, promising to help match ravers up with the ‘party kids’. Continue reading
In this video, Gaz Williams takes a deep look at the just-released Maschine Studio and Maschine 2.0: Continue reading