Solvent – New Ways (Music From I Dream Of Wires)

solvent-new-ways-i-dream-of-wiresAt 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.

jason-ammAmm, 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

‘I Dream Of Wires’ Gets Theatrical Premiere April 26 At Moogfest

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. Continue reading

Sean McBride Interview (Xeno & Oaklander)

This video captures an extended interview with Sean McBride. The interview one of the extended interviews done in the process of creating the I Dream Of Wires modular synthesizer documentary.  Continue reading

I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition Now Available To Order

i-dream-of-wires-hardcore-editionThe producers of I Dream Of Wires, new modular synthesizers documentary, have announced that their Hardcore Edition of the film is now available to order.

I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition is a an ‘extended cut’ of their planned feature-length documentary. It is 4 hours in length, ‘custom made for hardcore modular synthesizer and electronic music fanatics.’

Here’s what they have to say about IDOW: Hardcore Edition:

I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition includes an exclusive, lengthy historical primer, exploring the early development of modular synthesizers from pioneering companies Moog Music Inc. and Buchla and Associates. From there, we find out what’s happening now: the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer — exploring the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this esoteric electronic music machine. What started out as a “vintage-revival scene” in the ’90s has grown into an underground phenomena with a growing market of modular obsessives craving ever more wild and innovative sounds and interfaces. Today, the modular synthesizer is no longer an esoteric curiosity or even a mere music instrument — it is an essential tool for radical new sounds and a bona fide subculture.

Interview subjects include musicians and producers 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, John Foxx and Bernie Krause, as well as manufacturers and modular industry leaders Doepfer, Modcan, Make Noise, Intellijel, Metasonix, Synthesis Technology/MOTM, Muffwiggler Mike, and Andreas Schneider.

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Hardcore Edition Of Modular Synth Documentary ‘I Dream Of Wires’ To Be Available Again

Producers of the modular synth documentary I Dream Of Wires have announced that they will be making the uncensored 4-hour ‘Hardcore Edition’ of the film available for purchase again.
The Hardcore Edition of I Dream Of Wires was originally intended to be a limited-edition version for people that supported the production of the film. According to the producers, the decision to make it more widely available came down to there being more interest in the extended cut than in a planned shorter theatrical cut.
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I Dream Of Wires (Hardcore Edition) Now Available To Order

Producers of I Dream of Wires (IDOW) – an upcoming, independent documentary film about the resurgence of the modular synthesizer – have released this trailer for I Dream Of Wires (Hardcore Edition).

The new film explores the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this esoteric electronic music machine. Written and directed by Robert Fantinatto, with Jason Amm (Ghostly International recording artist Solvent) serving as producer and co-writer, IDOW is set to receive it’s festival premiere, May 2013.

Preceding IDOW’s official theatrical release, the producers will be releasing a special, extended cut – I Dream Of Wires (Hardcore Edition). (IDOW-HE) will be released independently on BluRay / 2xDVD, and shipped to all IndieGoGo and pre-order customers, June 2013. Continue reading