Yes, please don't lock this topic, for the reasons just mentioned, and also because it's so revealing. Like the documentary, it focuses on the reality of the synth users' world today and shows what it's like.
I must say as a musician I have little interest in this documentary, but I don't mean that as any kind of negative comment. The documentary presumably does what it sets out to do and shows what the reality is of modular use at the present time. I saw the original trailer and also this one, and there seemed to be very little to do with music, which is why as a musician it doesn't interest me.
In the first trailer the only person who seemed to show any musical sensitivity at all was the late Richard Lainhart. Everyone else as far as I can remember was just making noises for the sake of it. The second trailer was similar, with some guy making a noise that Wendy Carlos could improve on and make musical in her sleep, and stupidly saying "Take that, Wendy Carlos."
That doesn't bother me at all. It just fails to interest me. If the reality is that people buy modern modulars to play about and to try to impress and outdo each other, then the documentary should be showing that. As a musician that doesn't interest me, but on the other hand it's probably good that it's happening, if it means people who make modulars can sell them and stay in business.
I don't own a modular synth, though I do own a good range of both vintage and modern instruments. Could I use a modular? Well, definitely, and I would if I could afford one, so in no way am I uninterested in what's available. But to my mind what it comes down to is music. If I want to express the sky over an open field in summer, or clear shallow water, or rain beginning to fall in a small English village, I choose the sounds and the techniques that work for expressing those things. A good modular system could do wonders with that, but I have to work with other possibilities. So if you were to say to me "Do you want an in-depth look at what modular systems can offer?" the answer would be a definite "yes" if I had the money to invest in one. But if the question is "Do you want to watch a load of people divide their time between making noises and making comments like "Take that, Wendy Carlos" then the answer would be "no."
I'm not sure I really belong in a forum like this one (though I'm grateful for the wealth of technical knowledge here), but it did seem relevant to throw this comment into the mix. I certainly don't want to offend anyone, especially as there's been rather too much of that already. So this is just an observation, to be noted or ignored as people see fit.
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