August 25, 2015

I Dream of Wires, synthesizer documentary on Netflix

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The 2014 independent documentary from Monoduo Films about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer – I Dream of Wires, is now playing on Netflix in the U.S.

The film explores the dreams and obsessions of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this fascinating, esoteric electronic music machine.

Over 100 inventors, musicians and enthusiasts are interviewed about their relationship with the modular synthesizer – for many, it’s an all-consuming passion.

Interviews include:

– Legendary electronic musicians: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Morton Subotnick, Gary Numan, Vince Clarke (Erasure), and Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto).

– Contemporary electronic artists: Carl Craig, James Holden, Legowelt.

– Synthesizer manufacturers: Doepfer, Modcan, Make Noise.

Reviews of the film have included:

“A feast for the ears.” –MusicFilmWeb (UK)

“10 out of 10…Excellent!” –Music Tech Magazine (UK)

“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.” –DigBoston Weekly