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I Dream Of Wires

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I Dream Of Wires by Waveshaper Media, directed by Robert Fantinatto) is a documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of a machine that shaped electronic music: the modular synthesizer. Over 100 inventors, musicians and enthusiasts are interviewed about their relationship with the modular synthesizer - for many, it’s an all-consuming passion.

Beginning with a historical primer, I Dream Of Wires explores the early development of modular synthesizers in the 1960s, from pioneering companies Moog and Buchla. We speak to early adopters of the modular synthesizer, forward-thinking musicians like Morton Subotnick and Herb Deutsch, offering insight into the modular synthesizer's conception.

Electronic pioneers like Gary Numan and Daniel Miller discuss the modular synthesizer's 1970s heyday, through to its near-extinction in the 1980s, while established musicians including Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Vince Clarke (Erasure) talk about their ongoing passion for the modular synthesizer, and how it influences their music. Meanwhile, a new generation of dance and electronica artists including Carl Craig and James Holden explain why they’ve stepped away from laptops to embrace the sound and physicality of modular synthesizers. Innovative companies Modcan and Doepfer reveal how they planted the seeds that have now grown into a major cottage industry.

Through tracing the history of the modular synthesizer, I Dream Of Wires also outlines the history of electronic music as a whole, from its very beginnings at the dawn of the electric age. The film provides a fascinating look at how technology has shaped the electronic music landscape.

I Dream Of Wires is available NOW on DVD, iTunes, Vimeo on Demand, and many more streaming services. For details on where to purchase/download/stream in your country.


Type: Documentary
Year: 2014
Total Time: 102 mins
Styles: Ambient, Berlin, Disco, Experimental, Glitch, Industrial, Jazz, Noise, Progressive, Space Rock, Symphonic, Synth-Pop, Techno
Formats: Digital / Download, DVD, Stream
Official Site: http://idreamofwires.org
Liscense: Copyright
Patti Schmidt
Joel Chadabe
John Mills-Cockell
Morton Subotnick
Terry Pender
Brad Garton
Herbert Deutsch
Dean Batute
Maggi Payne
Bernard Krause
William Maginnis
David Kronemyer
Ramon Sender
Mark Verbos
Robi Kauke
Ben Edwards
Drew Neumann
Muffwiggler Mik
William Blakeney
Daniel Mille
Alessandro Cortin
Bruce Duncan
John Foxx
Cevin Key
Cynthia Webster
Carl Craig
Michelle Moog-Koussa
Chris Carter
Eric Barbour
Gary Numan
Vince Clarke
Matt Thibideau
Trent Reznor
George Mattson
James Husted
Richard Devine
Danjel Van Tijn
Keith Fullerson Whitman
Alex Krüger
Jeremy Greenspan
Jon Sonnenberg
Mark Vail
Robert Wheeler
Jack Dangers
David Dixon
Jeff Blenkinsop
Paul Schreiber
James Holden
John Tejada
Tony Rolando
Cyrus Rex
Allen Ravenstine
Luke Abbott
Chris Clark
Dieter Doepfer
Richard Lainhart
William Mathewson
Scott Jaeger
Dann Green
Gur Milstein
Ed Buller
Jimmy Edgar
Alec Empire
Charlie Clouser
Lori Napoleon
Danny Wolfers
John Elliott
Moe Espinoza
Dominic Butler
Jason Amm
Andreas Schneider
Robert A.a. Lowe
Martian Canterel
Christina Sealey
Director: Robert Fantinatto
Producer: Jason Amm
Sound: Jakob Thiesen
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