Get ready for ‘I Dream of Wires’, an upcoming documentary that celebrates all that is memorable and nostalgic about modular synthesisers and analogue hardware “in all its wild, messy glory”. The film includes contributions from over 100 musicians, including Trent Reznor, cEvin Key, Gary Numan, Carl Craig and Morton Subotnick.
Her’s a short introduction to the film and some of those who contributed. Another 15 minute clip that’s also available online was shot at the MUTEK festival and shows synths in action in the Satosphere – a large dome fitted out with 157 speakers.
“Years ago, I made a small documentary film about the urban-exploration subculture called ‘Echoes of Forgotten Places’. I felt that this whole world of modular synths could make an interesting little film.”. For ‘I Dream Of Wires’ he’s teamed up with Jason Amm (AKA Solvent) as Producer.
Does Robert have any particular highlights from the making of the film?:
“The trip to see Trent Reznor was probably the most nerve-wracking,” said Fantinatto. “He lives way up on the top of a mountain in Beverly Hills and it [was] quite intimidating leading up to the interview, but Trent was supercool and had us all at ease very quickly.”
Another interviewee, a clinical psychologist, has the largest collection of analogue synths the filmmakers had ever seen.
“A huge studio with every modular synth ever made, literally every single one ever!”
And he’s not the only one. There are many others who have:
“devoted a significant chunk of their lives [to] buying, building and collecting these machines that sometimes take over their homes and their lives. The mystery behind what motivates this irrational obsession is at the heart of the film,” Fantinatto said. “In the end, it is a longing for something authentic — something that has been lost in a virtualized world.”
‘I Dream Of Wires’ is due to finish production this Autumn. We’ll keep you up to date on progress.
Are you a modular synth nut? Care to share the contents of your collection with us? Photos welcomed …