HOT Synth-Porn : I Dream of Wires

We just finished screening this at BangWave Studios. Alex feels light headed. It’s like too much of a good drug. Anyone that is interested in electronics, electronic music, physics or nerd stuff needs to see this flick. It’s like an hour of great synth porn. And They interview all the greats like Gary Numan, Trent Reznor, Atari Teenage Riot, and more. There is even a great shot of the old Train Station in Detroit, though they do not indicate that clearly.

The video above is from the official Youtube page. The text below is also from there. -AV


Waveshaper Media presents a film by Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm


I Dream Of Wires is an independent documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer, featuring 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, as well as manufacturers and modular industry leaders Doepfer, Modcan, and Make Noise.

Although April 26 will be the world premiere of I Dream Of Wires’ 90 minute theatrical cut (at Moogfest), a 4-hour Special Edition cut of the film, I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition, was released on DVD and BluRay in late-2013, and has already become an underground, grassroots sensation amongst electronic musicians and fans, with high profile reviews and coverage from the likes of NPR, Arte/Tracks, Pitchfork, The Wire, and FACTmag. Despite it’s imposing 4-hour length and ultra-niche target market, the Hardcore Edition (“for the hardcore modular synth and electronic music fanatics”) has proven an independent hit. Now, stripped of the Hardcore Edition’s techy excesses, I Dream Of Wires’ theatrical cut is set to bring the fascinating story of the modular synthesizer, a story driven by passionate and innovative people, to the masses.

I Dream of Wires begins with an historical primer, exploring the early development of modular synthesizers from pioneering companies Moog Music Inc. and Buchla and Associates, right through to the near-extinction of these instruments, brought on by the introduction of portable, digital synthesizers in the ’80s. From there, the rebirth of the modular synthesizer is retraced, leading into the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer. Along the way is some in-depth exploration of 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.

Additional credits:
Director: Robert Fantinatto
Producer: Jason Amm
Soundtrack: Solvent (OST via Suction Records)
Trailer: Kevan Byrne

“I Dream Of Wires shows how, in the same way that the instruments themselves are rewiring both performers’ and listeners’ expectations about electronic music, the community that has evolved around modular synths is changing the relationships between users, sellers, and makers…”
– The Wire magazine (UK)

“As far as documentaries go, this is a slick, polished production. The film looks great, and as one would hope and suspect, the audio is wonderful, with the score by Solvent setting the perfect mood throughout….”
– Film Threat (USA)

“…lingering close-up shots of analog synths aside (and there are a lot of these), perhaps what’s most joyous about I Dream of Wires is that it profiles a subculture that has almost nothing to do with the music industry.”
– The List Film (UK)

“I would highly recommend Robert Fantinatto’s documentary film not only to anyone interested in modular analog synthesizers, but to anybody interested in sound and the electronic reproduction of audio in general. This film is so well made it should appeal to anyone curious about people who are obsessed with minutiae, weird sounds, and music that 97 percent of the planet would find annoying.”
– Tape Op magazine (USA)

“With its excellent narration and top-notch interviews with pioneers and popularizers like Morton Subotnick, Gary Numan, and Trent Reznor, I Dream of Wires gives us a glimpse into the mind of electronically-minded musicians and their often revolutionary perspectives on music, technology, and human ingenuity…. If you’re curious about the wide world of synths but intimidated by the steep learning curve, check out this movie….”
– DigBoston weekly (USA)

“A recommended watch for those with any degree of interest in synths and synth music. 10/10 Excellence”
– Music Tech magazine (UK)

I Dream Of Wires…

I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition DVD / BluRay
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Coil : Backwards : after 20 year wait


Ever wondered how we as music consumers can raid the corpses of dead musicians for news and new releases as often as we do—without ever mentioning Jamie Oliver?

Being too cool and underground for a chef that is most well known for whining might be helpful, plus a constant output for 20+ years and lots of studio experiments that haven’t been released yet isn’t too much stupid shit news potential (I anxiously await the day that Nicolas Cage claims to own a Coil demo tape called “Erased Themes for The Wicker Man” though, alternative title: “Not The Bees“).

In the meantime, Coil’s archives are being unearthed, and this seems to be the result of the endless praise for the creative partnership between Sleezy and John balance that is permeating the ether of today’s electronic music zeitgeist.

Starting with the release of Nine Inch Nails‘ “ReCoiled”-EP, Cold Spring Records began a series of Coil / Nine Inch Nails collaborations being released bit by bit, legitimately going through up the archives of Trent Reznor’s now defunct Nothing Records. The second release off these archives is (drool!) a full-length Coil album called “Backwards”, and the nominal closeness to 2008’s “The New Backwards” isn’t purely coincidental.

The “Backwards” demo, finished in 1993 and handed over to Torso Records, is familiar to many Coil fans, as well as “The New Backwards”, originally released as a part of the reissue of “The Ape of Naples” in 2008, featuring some remixed versions created by Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson of the tracks created during the “Backwards” sessions – which were, after the demo was given to Torso Records, continued at Trent Reznor’s studio in the 90s.

So, after a criminally long time, we have “Backwards”, described as the missing link between 1990’s “Love’s Secret Domain” and the “Musick to Play in the Dark”-series. Among the tracks which are to be released on CD and Vinyl on october 9th via Cold Spring Records are the original versions of “A Cold Cell” and “Fire of the Mind”.

The span of relative inactivity, studio album wise, and soundtrack experimentation between 1990 and 1998 (a silence gloriously interrupted by ELpH and Black Light District releases) wasn’t empty – but the result of that time’s studio work didn’t see the light of this sorry little planet until now when Cold Spring Records dropped three excerpts off the upcoming release, coming in CD and double vinyl format, scheduled for 9th october, which can be heard on the label’s soundcloud page.

[ article by Aleks @ Post-Punk ]


Amber Rain
Fire of the Green Dragon
Be Careful What You Wish For
Nature is a Language
Heaven’s Blade
Paint Me As A Dead Soul
AYOR (It’s In My Blood)
A Cold Cell
Fire of the Mind