Synthsized Voices of the Revolutionary Utopia: Early Sonic Experiments in the Soviet Union
This book tells the remarkable story behind the pioneering experiments in audio synthesis and graphical sound that were being conducted in the early years of the Soviet Union by composer-theorists Arseny Avraamov, Boris Yankovsky and many others.
This publication offers an introduction to Russia’s contribution to the birth of electronic music, sound synthesis and audio technology in the early 20th Century. It is a story of politics and power, of the institution and the avant-garde, of collaboration and personal achievement, of ambition, opportunity and oppression. It is a story of remarkable personalities, curious inventions, astonishing performances, radical ideas, complex mathematics, pioneering electronics, engineering, design and experimentation. It is also a story of patents and funding applications, of success and failure, support and rejection, optimism and disillusionment, hunger and poverty.
It is a story of which only fragments are known, not only in the West but also within Russia itself. Increased interest in this area in the past two decades and not least in the life and work of Leon Theremin, has seen more scholarly research in the field. Sound in Z makes a valuable contribution to this revival of interest and is intended as a catalyst for further academic research. Consequently, much visual and textual material featured here has rarely if ever been seen either in print or in English before.
The book was produced in partnership with Sound & Music, London and Verlag de Buchhandlung Walther Konig, Cologne; Editor: Matt Price; Sub-editor: William Lambie; Design: Modern Activity, London
Publishing and European distribution by: Verlag de Buchhandlung Walther Konig, Cologne