Bright Sparks, A Tribute To Electronic Music Pioneers, Now Available

brightsparksvimeoposter1Bright Sparks, a new film + album project that pay tribute to electronic music pioneers, is now available via its website.

The project began as a concept album by I Monster, inspired by various people and companies involved in the early days of the synthesizer. The began to look for a more interesting way of presenting the record and approached Dave Spiers and Chris Macleod, vintage synthesizer curators and the owners of GForce Software.

The idea then developed into the production of a combined digital package consisting of the Bright Sparks album and accompanying documentary.

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Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka

Vangelis And The Journey to Ithaka is a 2014 documentary on the Acadamy Award winning Greek composer and synthesist.

The two-hour documentary includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and many others.

It also includes rare, historical footage, most of which has never been seen before. In addition, the documentary includes recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music. Continue reading

‘I Dream of Wires’ Modular Synth Documentary Now Streaming on Netflix

i-dream-of-wiresThe theatrical version of the modular synth documentary I Dream of Wires is now available via streaming on Netflix in the US.

I Dream Of Wires is an independent documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer. It features interviews with 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 and more.

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Damon Albarn, Brian Eno & Africa Express Do Terry Riley’s ‘In C Mali’

While much of minimalist composer Terry Riley‘s work has been electronic, his seminal In C is for any number of people and any instruments.

In C Mali, described as ‘the first African version of Riley’s minimalist classic’, was recorded in Bamako, Mali in October 2013. This new version features artists from Bamako & western guests (Brian Eno, Damon Albarn and others) led by conductor Andre de Ridder.  Continue reading