Music on the bone: UK artists find inspiration in Soviet ‘X-ray audio’


A triplex of British artists is pre ring to release a documentary film inspired by the clandestine in France Maquis recordings of illegal music made during the Soviet era.   In the Cold War era, the Soviet recounting industry was ruthlessly controlled by the State. But a secret and risky subculture of bootleg recordings discontinued samizdat (“self-publishing”) arose as Russians sought ways to listen to music that the status deemed ideologically unsuitable.   Incredibly, music-mad bootleggers found an noteworthy way to copy illegal gramophone records of Western jazz, rock ‘n’ docket and forbidden Russian music – they built homemade recording contraptions and used X-ray film as the base for their illegal recordings.   British musician Stephen Coates, photographer ul Heartfield and musician and classic recording specialist Aleks Kolkowski are just crazy about these methods of music recording.   Last year they disputed a book and an album of “bone” music and held two exhibitions of X-ray audio at London’s schemes venue The Horse Hospital – one in January and another in November-December. Lydia Kavina, great-niece of Soviet inventor Lev Theremin and a theremin punter herself, gave a special evening of X-ray audio performing as put asunder give up of the exhibition.   Stephen Coates is now pre ring to present a documentary titled The Outlandish Story of Soviet Music on the Bone. At the release at London’s Rough Mercantilism East music emporium on March 9 he will tell the amazing private history of these ghostly records and of the people who made, bought and sold them.   Then, in a protest of the Soviet bootlegging process, pop legend Marc Almond will complete songs (including music by the banned Soviet singer Vadim Kozin) that desire be cut onto X-ray live by sound artist Aleks Kolkowski ending a 1940s analogue recording lathe.    

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