Watch Bright Sparks Synth Documentary Free On YouTube

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Post date:

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 08:32

Author:

Naomi Bolton

Chances are that if you are a huge synth fan then you will already be familiar with the 2015 documentary, Bright Sparks. It was an ambitious project that focused on the work of Bob Moog, Don Buchla, and six other pioneers in the synth industry. The documentary was originally available only as a Vimeo Rental video or paid-for download, but can now be watched free on YouTube thanks to GForce Software.

GForce Software, who specializes in vintage synthesizer modeling, stated on their website that releasing the documentary free was their way of pulling everyone together in a time when so many are separated. They started releasing the feature length documentary in four separate installments, starting on February 9th. The first installment featured the Moog and Arp hisotry, followed by the second installment on February 11th with Robert Moog, Don Buchla, Alan R Pearlman, and Harry Chamberlin. The documentary is filled with not just the history of some of the biggest names and brands in synths, but also commentary and interviews.

Bright Sparks originally started out as a concept album by "I Monster", the English electronic music duo comprised of Dean Honer and Jarrod Gosling. They dedicated each of the eight tracks on the album a different synth company, complete with lyrics that chronicle their stories. This in turn inspired them to approach Dave Spiers and Chris Macleod, who created the documentary using the same theme. Dean Honer and Jarrod Gosling are both featured in the documentary along with Alessandro Cortini, Will Gregory, Adrian Utley and others who have made their mark in music with synthesizers.

Check out the introduction video below and then head on over to the official GForce Software YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/GForceSoftwareTV/videos) to view the rest of the Bright Sparks documentary. More information about the movie, including a selection of quotes and reviews, can also be found on the GForce Software blog (https://www.gforcesoftware.com/blog/bright-sparks-the-documentary/).