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In 2008, Andrey Smirnov and Matt Price curated a show at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris called Sound in Z. The exhibition marked the culmination of research by Andrey Smirnov into a forgotten, yet crucial, history of the Russian avant-garde of the 1920s.

Sound | Making | Space are extremely excited to have persuaded Andrey Smirnov to fly over from Moscow to talk about his work, which was first published in 2013 under the same title as the Palais de Tokyo exhibition, Sound in Z.

“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.”

DATE AND TIME: Thu 23 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT

LOCATION: Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0QB

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