Andrey Smirnov: Sound in Z: Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th-century Russia (2013)

17 August 2013, dusan

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.”

Edited by Matt Price and David Rogerson
Foreword by Jeremy Deller
Publisher Koenig Books, London, in partnership with Sound and Music, London, 2013
ISBN 3865607063, 9783865607065
281 pages

Talk by the author (audio, 90 min, 2012)
Interview with author: Nathan Budzinski (video, The Wire, 2013).

Exh. review: Daniele Balit (The Wire, 2009).
Reviews: Agata Pyzik (Calvert Journal, 2013), Colin McSwiggen (n+1, 2013), Alessandro Ludovico (Neural, 2013), Jacob Gotlib (Computer Music Journal, 2014), Thomas Patteson (Current Musicology, 2017).


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13 Responses to “Andrey Smirnov: Sound in Z: Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th-century Russia (2013)”

  1. Simon on September 2, 2013 8:01 am

    Hi Dusan, many thanks for this, but the anon link does not work for me, the download button only refreshes the anon page… Is this the same for everyone? Regards, Simon

  2. dusan on September 2, 2013 8:50 am

    There’s a new link now.

  3. Simon on September 3, 2013 8:52 pm

    Dear Dusan, thank you for the link, but I get a locked message on the dropbox page…. Sorry to trouble you again. Simon

  4. dusan on September 3, 2013 9:26 pm

    Oops, now it should work.

  5. Simon on September 4, 2013 11:19 pm

    Many thanks!!! Fantastic, merci. Simon

  6. Elizabeth on June 3, 2016 12:51 am

    Hello. The link appears to not be working again! Would it be possible to get it working again? Thanks so much!

  7. dusan on June 4, 2016 10:55 am

    Try now..

  8. Elizabeth on June 5, 2016 5:46 am

    Thank you so much!

  9. TRK on September 15, 2016 9:24 pm

    I went to a talk with the author today, where he also referred to this url. Sadly it does not work. Could anybody give directions for a new and functional link?

  10. dusan on September 15, 2016 9:53 pm

    Hi there, try again now.

  11. TRK on September 16, 2016 9:02 am

    thanks for your effort. still not working though.

  12. dusan on September 16, 2016 1:14 pm

    The first link should be working fine.

  13. TRK on September 19, 2016 7:13 pm

    yes, it does! THANK YOU!

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