Solvent – New Ways (The ‘I Dream Of Wires’ Soundtrack)

The soundtrack for the modular synth documentary I Dream Of Wires (IDOW) is featured today at NPR.

The IDOW soundtrack is by Jason Amm, aka Solvent, and features “a ridiculous arsenal’ of vintage and modern modular synthesizers. The music video, above, is for Amm’s Burn The Tables, from the IDOW soundtrack New Ways

Technical Details:

This piece was created as a showcase for digital wavetable synthesis. A basic synthesized kick-snare pattern was subjected to extreme wavetable distortion, via Modcan’s 22B Blacet/Wiard Miniwave module. The 22B also forms the bassline sound, and in some sections the wave selection is sequenced for abrupt timbral variations. Additional digital grit is also provided by the WMD Geiger Counter wavetable distortion module.

For the music video, director Jennifer Stratford took footage from I Dream of Wires and mixed the signal into a LZX Video Synthesizer and a Fairlight CVI, the vintage machine responsible for some of the effects seen in the first MTV videos.

You can preview the full soundtrack below:

New Ways, the IDOW soundtrack, is available in a variety of formats:

  • CD = $12
  • Red Vinyl = $28
  • Vinyl = $25
  • Red Vinyl + CD = $39
  • Vinyl + CD = $36
  • download-only MP3 = $10
  • download-only ALAC = $10
  • download-only FLAC = $10

I Dream of Wires is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray from Science With SynthesizersNew Ways is out Feb. 11 on Suction Records.

7 thoughts on “Solvent – New Ways (The ‘I Dream Of Wires’ Soundtrack)

  1. Awesome! What a treat.
    It went well with my cup of coffee and the bright morning winter sun.
    That is a highly addictive track with some serious sequences and sounds.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Classic Solvent stuff – nice! With all the knob twisting and cable fiddling, I more often than not missed the actual musical content in making music with modular synths, but this proves me wrong.

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