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New Ways: Music from the Documentary I Dream of Wires (2CD Deluxe Edition)
A soundtrack by Solvent

26 tracks on 2 CDs; includes full digital download


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Synopsis

This Deluxe Edition of Solvent's New Ways: Music from the Documentary I Dream of Wires features all-new artwork and contains a full 74-minute CD of additional bonus material, including previously unreleased Solvent music from the film and new remixes from artists who were interviewed for the film, such as Wrangler (featuring Cabaret Voltaireís Stephen Mallinder), Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey), Orphx, Martial Canterel, and more.

For the past few 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. Before he came on board as producer, Solvent's Jason Amm was commissioned by I Dream of Wires' director to create an original soundtrack for the film. Solvent took on the soundtrack LP as a challenge, determined to expand his synthesis palette with the new possibilities of modular but also with a firm focus on completing an engaging body of work that would stand on its own outside of the film. The result is "New Ways," heard prominently throughout the film, and 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.

The album title is not only a continuation of I Dream of Wires' nod to Numan. "New Ways" also pertains to Solvent's all-new modular synthesizer toolkit, introducing many new forms of synthesis to his arsenal of electronic sound. "New Ways" is Solvent's return to instrumental, headphone electronica. From the harsh, IDM/hiphop hybrid of Burn The Tables to the Radiophonic menace of Sender, Solvent showcases the modular synthesizer as perhaps the ultimate tool for noisy, alien soundscapes. Alternately, Solvent's penchant for sweet, heartbreaking melodies can be heard clearly alongside the intricate modular sound design on standout cuts King Vincent, Pattern Recognition, and LPGs Over Hawaii. "New Ways" also includes I Dream of Wires' theme song, Themogene, a soaring piece of epic synthesizer minimalism that aptly opens the film.


Track Listing

CD1: "New Ways"

1 Themogene (I Dream Of Wires theme)
2 Transfer Function
3 Quantimations
4 Sender
5 Wow
6 Elephant Generators
7 Burn The Tables
8 Pattern Recognition
9 King Vincent
10 Bucket Brigade
11 LPGs over Hawaii
12 Transfer Function (reprise)

CD2: Bonus tracks + remixes

1 Subharmonics
2 Clustering
3 Hadron
4 Small and Efficient
5 ModDub
6 Interstitial C
7 King Vincent (Wrangler remix)
8 Sender (Interval remix)
9 Elephant Generators (Chris Carter remix)
10 Burn The Tables (Orphx remix)
11 Quantimations (Bronze Teeth remix)
12 King Vincent (Martial Canterel remix)
13 Fasten
14 Tassels


Reviews

"Exploratory and wide-eyed, but most of all playful. If Kanye West still has that industrial 'Yeezus' itch to scratch anytime soon, he should consider sampling [album cut] 'Burn the Tables'..." - NPR

"The [album] I found myself listening to over and over and the one that kept a smile on my face and the drool flowing. Itís a non-stop synth-gasm from start to finish; Kraftwerk-esque, Yazoo-esque minus vox with dashes of Cabaret Voltaire and Depeche Mode but bigger and phatter for todayís subwoofers. The sounds have an amazing sharp edge to them as well, and I never get bored for a single second. 'Burn the Tables' is my favorite [track]. Itís the type of record that makes me happy to be alive." - John Grant, The Independent

"LP cut 'King Vincent' sounds plenty synth-y, fittingly, with a bunch of clean, squelchy synths zig-zagging around gorgeously empty space." - Pitchfork

"A richly woven tapestry of Radiophonic references, liquified basslines, and waveforms that have been bent, broken and rebuilt to their absolute brink." - Self Titled Mag


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