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Author Smirnov, Andrey, 1956-

Title Sound in Z : experiments in sound and electronic music in early 20th century Russia / Andrey Smirnov.

Published London : Koenig Books : Sound and Music, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  786.70947 Smi    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st. pub.
Physical description 281 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Russia, 1917 - inspired by revolutionary ideas, artists and enthusiasts developed innumerable musical inventions, instruments and ideas often long ahead of their time - a culture that was to be cut off in its prime as it collided with the totalitarian state of the 1930s. Andrey Smirnov's account of the period offers an engaging introduction to some of the key figures and their work, including Arseny Avraamov's open-air performance of 1922 featuring the Caspian flotilla, artillery guns, hydroplanes and all the town's factory sirens, and Alexei Gastev, the polymath who coined the term 'bio-mechanics'. Shedding new light on better-known figures such as Leon Theremin (inventor of the world's first electronic musical instrument, the Theremin), the publication also investigates the work of a number of pioneers of electronic sound tracks using 'graphical sound' techniques. Sound in Z documents an extraordinary and largely forgotten chapter in the history of music and audio technology.
Subject Electronic music -- Russia (Federation) -- History and criticism.
Electronic music -- Soviet Union -- History and criticism.
Sound -- Equipment and supplies -- History -- 20th century.
Sound -- Recording and reproducing -- Russia (Federation) -- History -- 20th century.
Sound -- Recording and reproducing -- Soviet Union.
ISBN 9783865607065 (paperback)
3865607063 (paperback)