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Synthesists Sought for Documentary Film

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Los Angeles-based production company ZU33 is searching for undiscovered synthesizer talent to include in its feature-length documentary film, Synth God. The documentary explores the world of synthesizers and electronic music, focusing on how players shape modern music and culture. This is the third music-oriented documentary feature from Fjellestad and Page, including the critically acclaimed 2004 film, MOOG.

ZU33 invites interested performers and synthesizer builders to submit their work to the company for consideration. "We want to find musicians that bend our minds, and put them in the film,” says producer Ryan Page. “We are interested in players from all parts of the world, all genres, all interfaces. Basically, we want to review it all."

Filmmaker/musician Hans Fjellestad is set to write and direct the film, which heads into production in July 2006. In Fjellestad's words, "Over the past 50 years, keyboardists and composers have used the synthesizer to fill our heads with all kinds of unexpected sounds and ideas. These are the synth gods. Their pantheon is massive and full of all shapes, sounds and flavors. There are the heroes and legendary figures—which, of course, we are already working with—but I'm certain there are also hoards of lesser-known deities out there whose fingers are flying under the radar, and we intend to find them. Ultimately, I want to paint a huge, crazy mural about every synth god species on the planet, and the instrument that gives them their power."

For more information about the film and to download a submission form, go to www.synthgod.com.