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

£100.00

ISBN: 9783865607065
Author(s): Andrey Smirnov
Format: paperback
Year published: 2013
Publisher: Koenig Books
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 282
Illustrations: Illustrated in black and white throughout

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Sound in Z supplies the astounding and long-lost chapter in the early story of electronic music: the Soviet experiment, a chapter that runs from 1917 to the late 1930s. Its heroes are Arseny Avraamov, inventor of Graphic Sound (drawing directly onto magnetic tape) and a 48-note scale; Alexei Gastev, who coined the term “bio-mechanics”; Leon Theremin, inventor of the world’s first electronic instrument, the Theremin; and others whose dreams for electronic sound were cut short by Stalin’s regime. Drawing on materials from numerous Moscow archives, this book reconstructs Avraamov’s “Symphony of Sirens,” an open-air performance for factory whistles, foghorns and artillery fire first staged in 1922, explores Graphic Sound and recounts Theremin’s extraordinary career–compiling the first full account of Russian electronic music.

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