It’s time to prepare your synapses for Robert Fantinatto’s upcoming documentary I Dream of Wires. With subjects ranging from Trent Reznor and Alessandro Cortini to Carl Craig and Gary Numan, the film features a wealth of in-depth interviews that explore the “history, demise and resurgence of the ultimate electronic music machine, the modular synthesizer.” Showcasing the obsession and passion these artists hold for the instrument, IDOW gives you a closer look at their personal affinities for the technology and why these artists choose to keep it alive in their music.
And with Jason Amm (Ghostly International recording artist Solvent) as the producer and co-writer of the doc, we can also enjoy his incredible soundtrack, that makes its way through the four-hour film. But with its theatrical cut premiering at Moogfest on April 26th in Asheville, North Carolina, today, we’re pleased to premiere an exclusive new clip from the film—which visits the Brooklyn, NY studio of Sean McBride.
As half of the duo of Xeno and Oaklander, McBride has been making synth music since the early 2000s, and is certainly a true and devoted lover of hardware analog synthesizers. “I liken the playing of these synths to a craft, the making of something with one’s hands. Perhaps akin to the potter’s wheel — it is a fragile and vulnerable balance between hand and tool,” he’s said.
So now, ahead of the film’s premiere, check out this fascinating nine-minute segment below.