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Must-see electronic music doc to make Toronto debut

Posted by Aubrey Jax / August 20, 2014

I Dream of WiresThe Toronto music documentary that everyone is talking about is finally coming home. I Dream of Wires is an independent (let's not say indie for clarity) doc directed by Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm that traces the lineage of the noble and hard to comprehend modular synthesizer in a film that's surprisingly straightforward and engaging. The history of electronic music is wound up in I Dream of Wires's modular love-in, and it's a can't-miss for Toronto music fans.

Debuting earlier this year at Moogfest, the film goes all out, connecting with electronic music celebs 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), Deadmau5, and more.

Claims that analog synths sound like "tearing the fabric of universe" and tales of the intriguing people behind the bleep bloop era (like a NASA scientist who went on to coat modular hardware panels with LSD) mean it's no surprise word of the film is spreading beyond fringe synth fetishists and into the radar of mainstream fans. Wires also explains that whole mysterious "east coast / west coast" modular division thing that seems like a really big deal to synth nerds. If you want to know what that is, you'll have to see for yourself this weekend.

I Dream of Wires' Toronto premiere is Saturday (August 23) at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, with Fantinatto in attendance for a Q&A, plus a live modular synthesizer performance by Keith Fullerton Whitman.

Discussion

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gz / August 20, 2014 at 08:45 am
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very much looking forward to this
analord / August 20, 2014 at 09:20 am
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It's great to see this finally debut in a theatre! I have the 6 hour version and was blown away by its scope and depth. Even for those who have no interest in this stuff it's a pretty engaging film.
mike in parkdale / August 20, 2014 at 09:53 am
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6 hours - I thought it was only 4 hours? You mean I have 2 more hours to watch!!??
I Dream Of Wires / August 20, 2014 at 10:09 am
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Cheers for the kind words everyone, and hope some of you can make it out to the screening, which also includes a DJ set by the film's producer, Jason Solvent, before the screening, followed by a director Q&A then a live modular synth + live modular video performance by Keith Fullerton Whitman after the screening.

Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/IDOW-Toronto

Also - the Hardcore Edition DVD/BluRay is 4 hours, definitely not 6!

gz / August 20, 2014 at 11:11 am
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How long is the version screening at Bloor Cinema?
McRib / August 20, 2014 at 11:24 am
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looking forward to this.
Jeff H / August 20, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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Can't go to the screening, but I think I'm going to buy the Blu-Ray. Looks interesting!
I Dream Of Wires / August 20, 2014 at 04:49 pm
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gz - The version we are screening is 93 minutes.
Marina replying to a comment from I Dream Of Wires / August 21, 2014 at 02:27 pm
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I'm chiming out to watch on Saturday, so excited, looking forward to it:)
Marina replying to a comment from Marina / August 21, 2014 at 02:28 pm
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I meant to say coming out, damn autocorrect, lol.
John / August 22, 2014 at 10:00 am
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I don't see any mention of kraftwerk?!
Tom replying to a comment from John / August 22, 2014 at 02:44 pm
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Or jean michel jarre...
andrew / August 23, 2014 at 10:55 am
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I'm sure everybody is mentioned in the 6 hour version

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