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
Science fiction & synth sounds combine in the soundtrack to Jodorowsky’s Dune – a new documentary that tells the story of “the greatest science fiction movie never made”.
The documentary looks at filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed attempt to bring Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune to the screen. Jodorowsky enlisted an elite group of artists to flesh out his vision, who would go on to contribute to films like Star Wars & Alien. Jodorowsky’s take on Dune never got made.
In the new documentary, director Frank Pavich presents a look at what might have been, set to an analog synthesizer-laden soundtrack by composer Kurt Stenzel.
We contacted Stenzel to find out more about the soundtrack and how it came to be. Continue reading
The highly anticipated documentary Jodorowsky’s DUNE, described as “the story of the greatest science fiction movie never made”, features an analog synthesizer laden soundtrack by composer Kurt Stenzel.
In addition, the soundtrack features 5 tracks by SpacEKraft, a duo made up of Stenzen & Edward Dahl, who co-pilot space travel themed multimedia events. Continue reading
This is the official music video for Solvent’s King Vincent, from the I Dream Of Wires soundtrack. Continue reading
This video takes a behind the scenes at the unique sound sculptures of Chas Smith. Smith’s sculptures were used as sound sources for Hans Zimmer’s Man Of Steel soundtrack.
Android, despite being the top mobile operating system, hasn’t taken off as a music platform, like iOS. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to make music.
Time Elapses – A Journey is a short time-lapse film, that features a soundtrack created on Android. The track, titled Moonlight Mood, is by Nishit Gajjar, who composed it in Caustic for Android.
Sunday Synth Jam: In this video, composer Carlo Castellano plays the atmospheric main theme from his soundtrack to The Swapper – an ‘atmospheric puzzle platformer set in the furthest reaches of space’. Continue reading
The latest SoundWorks Collection video is a profile of composer Trevor Morris, who has scored the Showtime series The Borgias & The Tudors, the film The Immortals, the upcoming Olympus Has Fallen.
Morris discusses his approach to combining orchestra with electronics and his inspiration for some of his soundtracks.