I Dream of Wires (2014)
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Critic Reviews for I Dream of Wires
The film tells some good yarns and it has a lovely and lively soundtrack. But there's not enough nitty-gritty explanation about how things work to make anyone but a devoted fan really care.
Audience Reviews for I Dream of Wires
Good movie, but it's completely disingenuous for Trent Reznor to badmouth cheap Japanese synthesizers since he earned millions for Pretty Hate Machine using Turbosound and an Emu Emax -- a pretty minimalist, inexpensive setup. Sure, there are nice features to modular analog equipment, but there's also new sonic territory being explored with digital synthesizers and software synths. Two examples of sonic areas that modular synthesizers can't touch: 1) Reaktor is a construction kit that allows users to make whatever device they can imagine, or for the noob, they can download thousands of musical devices that others have created. 2) IRIS works with any sound to make it playable, and expressive using a plethora of controls. ALSO the movie ignored the major drawback to both modular and eurorack modular gear -- most of these systems are MONOPHONIC. Sorry, boys, but I play keyboards with 2 HANDS so polyphony is one of the requirements of my songwriting. As Rich Hilton (of Nile Rodgers' studio and band) says, "They're machines that go Bleep and Bloop".
If you really love synthesizers and want to learn the history, this doc is woefully incomplete. It doesn't even MENTION at least 2 major brands Kurzweil and Oberheim (in the first 60% of the movie anyway) and spends a huge amount of time on Robert Moog. Obviously he was THE major force but - guess where he started and learned before striking out on his own? Kurzweil! It also moves way to slowly, like they had enough material for a 1 hour show on Discovery but made a 1 hr. 42 min. movie instead.
could of been a little better on the explanation of the device itself aside from when and who it was invented and reinvented, also it just shows who found it and their opinions. it has been making a better come back in music and there are quite a few artists these days that use it structly. decent little doc though.
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