[artinfo] Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th Century Russia

Martin John Callanan m at greyisgood.eu
Tue Apr 9 11:23:24 CEST 2013

Voices of the Revolutionary Utopia: Early Sonic 
Experiments in the Soviet Union.

Russian author 
<http://asmir.info/index.htm>Andrey Smirnov gives 
an illustrated talk dedicated to the official 
launch of his book <http://asmir.info/soundz.htm>
'Sound In Z: Experiments In Sound And Electronic 
Music In Early 20th Century Russia'

The book tells the remarkable story behind the 
pioneering experiments in audio synthesis and 
graphical sound that were being conducted in the 
early years of the Soviet Union by 
composer-theorists Arseny Avraamov, Boris 
Yankovsky and many others....... 

<http://www.cafeoto.co.uk/index.shtm>Cafe Oto
22 Ashwin Street
London E8 3DL

Andrey Smirnov

Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th Century Russia

Jeremy Deller and Matt Price

This publication offers an introduction to 
Russia's contribution to the birth of electronic 
music, sound synthesis and audio technology in 
the early 20th Century. It is a story of politics 
and power, of the institution and the 
avant-garde, of collaboration and personal 
achievement, of ambition, opportunity and 
oppression. It is a story of remarkable 
personalities, curious inventions, astonishing 
performances, radical ideas, complex mathematics, 
pioneering electronics, engineering, design and 
experimentation. It is also a story of patents 
and funding applications, of success and failure, 
support and rejection, optimism and 
disillusionment, hunger and poverty.
It is a story of which only fragments are known, 
not only in the West but also within Russia 
itself. Increased interest in this area in the 
past two decades - not least in the life and work 
of Leon Theremin - has seen more scholarly 
research in the field. Sound in Z makes a 
valuable contribution to this revival of interest 
and is intended as a catalyst for further 
academic research. Consequently, much visual and 
textual material featured here has rarely - if 
ever - been seen either in print or in English 
before. <Š>

The book produced in partnership between Sound & 
Music, London and Verlag de Buchhandlung Walther 
Konig, Cologne.

Editor: Matt Price
Sub-editor: William Lambie
Design: Modern Activity, London
Publishing and European distribution by: Verlag 
de Buchhandlung Walther Konig, Cologne

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