Fredagsforelæsning: Andrey Smirnov

Music out of Noise, Light and Paper. Forwards to the Past: a media archaeology and reconstruction of the Russian Revolutionary Artistic Utopia from the 1910-50s.

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Fredag 14. november 2014,  kl. 14:00 - 16:00


Store Auditorium, INCUBA, Aabogade, Aarhus N

The illustrated talk draws on materials from various Russian archives, much of which has not been seen or heard before in the West, but which throws new light on the early history of the astonishing early history of Russian electronic music and sound art, biomechanics and Noise Orchestra in the first half of the 20th Century.

The most fertile and adventurous period in the history of sound experiments in Russia is arguably from 1910 to the late 1930s, when they were developed around avant-garde ideas. The theremin, noise orchestras, graphical, ornamental and paper sound, syntones and audio computing,— these are just some Soviet experiments in sound art and technology that have since then been left buried deep in the archives of history.

The talk's heroes include the artist and creator of the theory of Projectionism Solomon Nikritin, Arseny Avraamov, inventor of Graphic Sound and a 48-note scale; pioneering film maker Dziga Vertov, director of the Laboratory of Hearing; Vladimir Popov, inventor of Noise Orchestras and Sound Machines; Leon Theremin, inventor of the world's first electronic instrument, and others whose dreams of electronic sound and multimedia were cut short by Stalin's totalitarian regime as they often did not fit in with the regime’s vision and were outside of officially accepted aesthetics or any state priorities.

Examples are based on the numerous survived soundtracks and documentary.

Andrey Smirnov
is an interdisciplinary artist, independent curator, composer, collector, researcher and developer of new techniques in computer music. He is the founder of the Theremin Centre in Moscow. He is currently a senior lecturer and a researcher at the Center for Electroacoustic Music at the Moscow State Conservatory and the Rodchenko School for photography and multimedia. He teaches History and the Aesthetics of electro-acoustic music, of sound design, composition and the new musical interfaces. His magnum opus, Generation Z, is an ongoing project that is restoring the censored history of artistically utopian early 20th century Russia, much of which was destroyed by its collision with the totalitarian state of the 1930s. The project includes an exhibition, "Generation  Z", and the book, “Sound In Z: Experiments In Sound And Electronic Music In Early 20th Century Russia” (Walther Koenig, 2013).