Solvent "New Ways" (2xCD - I Dream Of Wires soundtrack)
Title: New Ways: music from the documentary I Dream Of Wires
Label / CAT#: Suction Records / suction025
Format: CD (also available on 2x12" + 7" vinyl)
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ABOUT THIS RELEASE:
Solvent's sixth full-length LP, “New Ways: Music from the Documentary I Dream of Wires," receives a Deluxe Edition reissue, to coincide with the Netflix release of the acclaimed modular synth doc. This expanded 2CD edition features all-new artwork and contains a full 74 minutes of additional bonus material, including previously unreleased Solvent music from the film and new remixes from artists who were interviewed for the film, including Wrangler (featuring Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder), Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey), Orphx, Martial Canterel and more.
For the past 3 years, Solvent's obsession with synthesizers and electronic music has taken him on a new path, a journey deep into the world of modular synthesizers. Serving as producer, co-writer and interviewer for "I Dream Of Wires", a documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer, 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.
Before he came on board as producer, Solvent was commissioned by the I Dream of Wires' director to create an original soundtrack for the film. At the time, Solvent's relationship with modular synthesizers was conflicted. Of course he had long been lured by these elusive, esoteric machines but was also weary and wondered if these instruments would be a step away from music making and more toward a lifetime of expensive, obsessive tinkering. So many electronic musicians have fallen into the modular "black hole", never to be heard from again. 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, which is heard prominently throughout the film and was created, programmed and composed entirely on modular synthesizer 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.
---> DISC 1:
1. Themogene (I Dream Of Wires Theme)
2. Transfer Function
6. Elephant Generators
7. Burn The Tables
8. Pattern Recognition
9. King Vincent
10. Bucket Brigade
11. LPGs Over Hawaii
12. Transfer Function (Reprise)
---> DISC 2:
16. Small And Efficient
18. Interstitial C
19. King Vincent (Wrangler Remix)
20. Sender (Interval Remix)
21. Elephant Generators (Chris Carter Remix)
22. Burn The Tables (Orphx Remix)
23. Quantimations (Bronze Teeth Remix)
24. King Vincent (Martial Canterel Remix)