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Smirnov, A. (2013). Sound in Z: Experiments in sound and electronic music in early 20th-century Russia. London: Koenig Books. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-3-86560-706-5
BibTeX citation key: Smirnov2013
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Creators: Smirnov
Publisher: Koenig Books (London)
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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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