IDOW Extended Interview Series #2: Pere Ubu / EML

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IDOW Extended Interview Series #2: Pere Ubu / EML

Post by s o l v e n t » Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:46 pm

I Dream of Wires, Extended Interview Series #2:
Allen Ravenstine and Robert Wheeler of Pere Ubu


This is the official video segment, on IDOW's Vimeo channel:

http://vimeo.com/idreamofwires/ravenstinewheelerpereubu

[I'd prefer to have this video embedded but can't seem to figure out how to do it, on account of it being Vimeo... any tips?]

In February 2012, Pere Ubu synthesists Allen Ravenstine ('75 to '89) and Robert Wheeler ('94 to present), two legendary figures of Cleveland's punk rock scene, met at Grant Avenue Studio to discuss and demonstrate the EML modular synthesizers that have been an integral part of the Pere Ubu sound for almost 40 years. The interviews were conducted for inclusion in "I Dream of Wires: the Modular Synthesizer Documentary." The impromptu jam session that followed marked the first time the two have ever played together.

This is the 2nd in a series of extended interviews, which will be produced and released in various formats throughout the production, and following the release, of the film. I DREAM OF WIRES extended interview segments are sponsored by MATRIXSYNTH (http://m.matrixsynth.com).

Note: An extended, 23-minute cut of this piece is available to watch on YouTube, with additional performance footage and further discussions on the early days of Pere Ubu. A must for Pere Ubu fans! http://youtube.com/watch?v=fSBYPHWka_E
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Post by abstraktor » Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:14 pm

just watched this - a pair of legends (the EML's I mean :hihi: ).
seriously though, Ravenstine's sounds made Ubu for me.
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Post by HeWhoWantsJeans » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:56 pm

Holy. Shit.

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Post by construct09 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:33 pm

This is great
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Post by mckenic » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:17 pm

See, I have no idea who those chaps are or what they were involved in (how would I?) but the interview and performance had me riveted! Great stuff!

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Post by rico loverde » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:27 pm

really cool. i am sooo looking forward to this movie!!!
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Post by construct09 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:44 pm

mckenic wrote:See, I have no idea who those chaps are or what they were involved in (how would I?) but the interview and performance had me riveted! Great stuff!

:tu:
Have a listen to the band 'pere ubu' mckenic

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Post by noobyscooby » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:16 am

Awesome. Inspired me to go fire up the EML 100 for the first time in awhile.

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Post by mckenic » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:24 am

construct09 wrote:
mckenic wrote:See, I have no idea who those chaps are or what they were involved in (how would I?) but the interview and performance had me riveted! Great stuff!

:tu:
Have a listen to the band 'pere ubu' mckenic
Hey mate!

This is really interesting for me (and personally Im DELIGHTED with the two film approach for this exact reason)...

I was born in Ireland in 74 - so Im aware of the Virgin Prunes, Popul Vuh, Neu, Kraftwerk, King Crimson, Vince Clarke - lots of the British groups etc. It was in to my late 20s I discovered Beefheart and Zappa etc.

I seriously wouldn't know about a Cleveland band from 75 - I do now and Im very grateful that I do - so unless it was the Velvets, Doors, Smiths, Half Man Half Biscuit, Floyd, Enigma, Orb, Orbital, Afx - or some way related, I wouldn't have found them when I was younger.

This is of course no disrespect intended - as said, Im delighted to learn more - but if I was doing a movie, I wouldnt expect anyone in the States to know - Engine Alley, Sack but perhaps MBV... Two films will ROCK!

Off to check out more Pere Ubu!

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Post by s o l v e n t » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:32 am

mckenic wrote:
construct09 wrote:
mckenic wrote:See, I have no idea who those chaps are or what they were involved in (how would I?) but the interview and performance had me riveted! Great stuff!

:tu:
Have a listen to the band 'pere ubu' mckenic
Hey mate!

This is really interesting for me (and personally Im DELIGHTED with the two film approach for this exact reason)...

I was born in Ireland in 74 - so Im aware of the Virgin Prunes, Popul Vuh, Neu, Kraftwerk, King Crimson, Vince Clarke - lots of the British groups etc. It was in to my late 20s I discovered Beefheart and Zappa etc.

I seriously wouldn't know about a Cleveland band from 75 - I do now and Im very grateful that I do - so unless it was the Velvets, Doors, Smiths, Half Man Half Biscuit, Floyd, Enigma, Orb, Orbital, Afx - or some way related, I wouldn't have found them when I was younger.

This is of course no disrespect intended - as said, Im delighted to learn more - but if I was doing a movie, I wouldnt expect anyone in the States to know - Engine Alley, Sack but perhaps MBV... Two films will ROCK!

Off to check out more Pere Ubu!
Of course people discover things all the time - there's so much out there, you can't know about everything... But I wouldn't put your lack of knowledge about Pere Ubu down to your age or geography... Pere Ubu were well-known in alternative music circles internationally, throughout the '70s, '80s, '90s. I wouldn't be surprised if they were more successful in EU/UK than they were in the US, actually.

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Post by e-grad » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:43 am

Great! AR contributed some great sounds to one of my favourite records:

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Post by sentimentalist » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:47 am

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Post by Popski » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:50 am

I happened upon a free Pere Ubu street show in Toronto (NXNE) in about 1996. I nearly shit myself with glee!!

awesome inclusion in IDOW..

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Post by Reality Checkpoint » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:01 am

The inclusion of Pere Ubu has pushed me over the edge and I have just donated.

I should have done this a long time ago.

Sorry for being so tardy!

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Post by sundog » Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:14 am

This is really special. Now I'm going to need to donate.

I saw them at the Zap Club, Brighton in 1989 and having just checked the timeline on www.ubuprojex.net I see Alan Ravenstine had recently been replaced by Eric Drew Feldman (ex Beefheart) - I think this was the non-modular years!

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Post by Rod Serling Fan Club » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:43 pm

This was great. Thanks!

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Post by HeWhoWantsJeans » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:19 pm

When the mentioned Devo I was like "...if you interview Mark Mothersbaugh, I'll damn near shit my pants."

Just a thought. :hihi:
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Post by s o l v e n t » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:43 am

HeWhoWantsJeans wrote:When the mentioned Devo I was like "...if you interview Mark Mothersbaugh, I'll damn near shit my pants."

Just a thought. :hihi:
I don't know if you read our most recent IndieGoGo campaign write up:

http://www.indiegogo.com/IDOW-round3

Basically, we have decided to split this project into 2 separate films. The one that we are concentrating on now is "I Dream of Wires" which will focus on the resurgence of modular synthesizers.

We will likely be saving this Pere Ubu stuff for the 2nd film, which will be like a history of early synthesizer development and use. We haven't interviewed Mothersbaugh, but we will likely pursue that for film#2.

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Post by noobyscooby » Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:02 pm

s o l v e n t wrote:
Basically, we have decided to split this project into 2 separate films. The one that we are concentrating on now is "I Dream of Wires" which will focus on the resurgence of modular synthesizers.

We will likely be saving this Pere Ubu stuff for the 2nd film, which will be like a history of early synthesizer development and use. We haven't interviewed Mothersbaugh, but we will likely pursue that for film#2.

Jason
I think this is a really good idea. The big story, the new story is about people going crazy for modular synthesizers again now in the 2000s. This cottage industry/hobby that has just exploded.

History is great but too much history may have distracted from the film's original hook/study. Also when you start trotting out historical figures one's brain naturally wanders towards wondering why certain people weren't included or why one artist figures more prominently than the other. And with the buzz off the first movie and connections being made then maybe for the second movie a few more of the prominent historical figures become available.

I like the package idea too where you have the uncut interviews availble for the diehards. If you want to see more of your favorite artist then buy the package or check out the links.

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Post by thesnow » Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:08 pm

I love this interview.

I hope that even though this is an extended interview that doesn't mean that some of it won't be included in the IDOW doc. It would be a shame if they weren't in the film. This is just too cool.

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Post by glitchpop » Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:09 am

Yeh. I really want to hear more from them and see more interviews like this.

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Post by s o l v e n t » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:06 am

glitchpop wrote:Yeh. I really want to hear more from them and see more interviews like this.
Did you notice that there is a longer cut of this piece on YouTube?:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=fSBYPHWka_E

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Post by analogPedagog » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:27 am

Watching Ravenstine playing with the ElectroComp, reminds me of why analog will always reign over digital. You just cannot get that connection happening with digital control of synthesizers. There is evidently something happening with the mind and the theoretically infinite resolution of analog. I feel it, Ravenstine obviously feels it, and countless others do too. :guinness:

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Post by Peake » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:22 am

Outstanding, Thank You!

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Post by construct09 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:58 am

Just watched this again :hihi: :love:
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