I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition is a companion to the forthcoming theatrical cut of the documentary I Dream of Wires, set to premiere Spring 2014. An alternate/extended cut, I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition is four hours in length, custom made for hardcore modular synthesiser and electronic music fanatics. Originally intended as a limited-edition pressing, available exclusively to IndieGoGo and pre-order customers, interest and demand for the four hour Hardcore Edition has surged since copies were shipped in August. The film is an independent documentary epic exploring the history, demise and resurgence of the ultimate electronic music machine, the modular synthesiser. Pitchfork recently premiered an exclusive, 12-minute clip featuring Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Alessandro Cortini from the film.
Interview subjects include musicians and producers 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, Richard Devine, Xeno and Oaklander, John Foxx and Bernie Krause as well as manufacturers and modular industry leaders Doepfer, Modcan, Make Noise, Intellijel, Metasonix, Synthesis Technology/MOTM, Muffwiggler Mike and Andreas Schneider.
Both an interview subject and producer of the film itself, Solvent (Ghostly International, Morr Music) provides the soundtrack with the accompanying New Ways: Music from the Documentary I Dream Of Wires out February 11 2014 on his on Suction Records imprint. His analog score provides an appropriate canvas for the film’s various personalities, revealing Solvent’s true love for the material at hand. The new Solvent single from the soundtrack, King Vincent, recently hit Pitchfork and is on Soundcloud here.
Solvent is the venerable recording alias of Toronto’s Jason Amm and after more than a decade of releasing music through esteemed labels Ghostly International and Morr Music, New Ways marks the return of Solvent to his own Suction Records label, his first album for the label since 1999.
For the past three years, Solvent’s obsession with synthesisers and electronic music has taken him on a new path, a journey deep into the world of modular synthesisers. Serving as producer, co-writer and interviewer for I Dream Of Wires, Solvent’s Jason Amm has played a pivotal role in creating one of the most talked-about and revered electronic music documentaries in recent years. The documentary truly brings together multiple generations of artists who both use and revere the modular synthesiser. WIRE premiered the video for Themogene, the theme for the film which uses processed modular synth footage from the film. You can also see it on Vimeo here and the song can be heard here on Soundcloud here.
Before he came on board as producer, Solvent was commissioned by I Dream Of Wires’ director to create an original soundtrack for the film. At the time, Solvent’s relationship with modular synthesisers was conflicted. Of course, he had long been lured by these elusive, esoteric machines but was also weary; he wondered if these instruments would be a step away from music making, towards a lifetime of expensive, obsessive tinkering. So many electronic musicians have fallen into the modular ‘black hole’ never to be heard from again. But, Solvent took on the soundtrack LP as a challenge; determined to expand his synthesis palette with the new possibilities of modular but with a firm focus on completing a body of work.
The result is New Ways, heard prominently throughout the film, and created, programmed and composed entirely on modular synthesiser systems. Through some generous loans, Solvent was given access to several large-format modulars during the course of the album including a classic vintage Moog System 15. But the real revelation came from his own newly-acquired, contemporary Eurorack system; for the first time in many years, Solvent found himself thinking outside the vintage synth box.
The album will be available on 2xLP, CD and digital and the blu-ray/dvd of the film can be obtained here.