I DREAM OF WIRES - The Modular Synthesizer Documentary
Tuesday 9th September 2014
+ introduction from STEPHEN MALLINDER (CABARET VOLTAIRE / WRANGLER / HEY, RUBE! / KU-LING BROS.)
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £6 + booking fee
WONDERLAND FILM & MUSIC in partnership with SENSORIA and in association with MELTING VINYL presents…
I DREAM OF WIRES
Exploring the history, demise and resurgence of the ultimate electronic music machine, THE MODULAR SYNTHESIZER
Screening as part of BRIGHTON DIGITAL FESTIVAL and SCALARAMA
I DREAM OF WIRES is an independent documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer, featuring 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 modular manufacturers Doepfer, Modcan, and Make Noise.
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.
A film by ROBERT FANTINATTO
Canada | 2014 | 1hr 30mins