Trent Reznor is one of the world's leading mad scientistists in the world of analog synthesizers. Logically, he was tapped for a nice long interview here for the film I Dream Of Wires which is available on DVD and Blu-Ray at his studio in Los Angeles.
Reznor talks about the magic of electronic synthesized sounds, and his personal experience as a musician and as a salesman at a store that sold keyboards in his youth. Cortini talks about the process of composition and creating drum sounds with these tools.
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Published on Dec 12, 2013
I DREAM OF WIRES is an independent documentary exploring the history, demise and resurgence of the ultimate electronic music machine, the MODULAR SYNTHESIZER. A special edition, 4-hour extended cut is available to order now on DVD and BluRay fromhttp://idreamofwires.org. The feature-length, theatrical cut is set to premiere spring 2014.
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In January 2012, the I Dream of Wires team visited the Hollywood studio of Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, for a joint interview with fellow NIN member, Alessandro Cortini. Through his continued interest and adoption of cutting-edge electronic instrumentation, Reznor's been witness to the evolution of the synthesizer, from the giant unobtainium of '70s modulars, to the digital "how's the piano sound?" ROMplers of the '80s, right through to the current dominance of computer-based plug-in synthesizers. In our interview, Reznor expresses his enthusiasm for the recent wave of boutique modular synthesizer manufacturers, for having "brought a lot of that magic back into the synth world, that got lost in the Korgs and the Yamahas and the Rolands...." Additionally, Reznor and Cortini offer insight into the influence of an instrument's physical presence, and how for both of them, the process of interacting with hardware plays a crucial role in the resulting sound.
Source: I Dream Of Wires YouTube Channel