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Sound In Z: Experiments In Sound And Electronic Music In Early 20th Century Russia by Andrey Smirnov

Sound In Z: Experiments In Sound And Electronic Music In Early 20th Century Russia by Andrey Smirnov

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Sound In Z: Experiments In Sound And Electronic Music In Early 20th Century Russia by Andrey Smirnov

Published by Walther Koenig, 2013 (284 pages; paperback)

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Andrey Smirnov's account of sound and electornic music in early 20th century Russia 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; Solomon Nikritin's Projection Theatre; Alexei Gastev, the polymath who coined the term 'bio-mechanics'; film maker Dziga Vertov, director of the Laboratory of Hearing and the Symphony of Noises; and Vladimir Popov, the pioneer of Noise and inventor of Sound Machines.

Shedding new light on better-known figures such as Leon Theremin, the publication also investigates the work of a number of pioneers of electronic sound such as Nikolai Voinov, Evgeny Sholpo and Boris Yankovsky. Sound in Z documents an extraordinary and largely forgotten chapter in the history of music and audio technology.