Art Uncovered - I Dream of Wires

Premiere DateAug 5, 2014
00:00 I Dream of Wires
01:36 Modular Synth
03:30 RCA II
05:34 Moog v. Buchla
09:56 Visual Machines
12:28 DX 7
15:43 The Second Coming of Synths
20:00 Finish

Filmmaker Robert Fantinatto is the director of  I Dream of Wires, a new documentary devoted to the history and recent resurgence of the modular synthesizer. Robert got into electronic music as a teenager after seeing giant synths and their mysterious rows of knobs and tangled patch cables on the covers of early synth album’s like Walter Carlos’ Switched on Bach. In his film Robert charts the development of these electronic music machines, from their origins as room-sized behemoths in the 1950s, to the musician-friendly Moog systems of the 60s and 70s to today as a new generation of  electronic musicians have adopted the modular synth as their instrument of choice. On this week’s show,  I talk with Robert  about the history of synths and why they’ve made such an impressive comeback.

Music on this week’s episode by Solvent


HOST Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…