SOUND EXPERIMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN AVANT GARDE 1908-1942
74 KEY WORKS OF MUSIC, POETRY & AGITPROP FROM THE RUSSIAN AVANT GARDE 1908-1942
Nikolai Foregger & his Orchestra of Noises
Ivan Ignatyev & The Ego Futurist Group
Vladimir Kasyanov & The Futurist Circle
The Psycho-futurists group
Varvara Stepanova and Roman Jakobson
BAKU: SYMPHONY OF SIRENS SOUND EXPERIMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN AVANT GARDE
ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS AND RECONSTRUCTIONS OF 74 KEY WORKS OF MUSIC, POETRY & AGITPROP FROM THE RUSSIAN AVANT GARDE 1908-1942
These two CDs and 72 page clothbound book embody, for the first time, a comprehensive presentation of the experiments and innovations in the exploration of sound by the historical Russian avant-gardes constructed around the sounds themselves, a full documentation of these sound experiments, fully annotated, alongside original recordings and painstakingly thorough reconstructions of lost events and productions. The form is groundbreaking: this is not a book with sonic illustrations, nor is it a rather excessively annotated set of CDs; it's an aural record, and thorough overview, of a transient field of works otherwise mostly lost.
CD1 which contains 40 painstaking reconstructions - made by the Laboratorio de Creaciones Intermedia, Dept. of Sculpture at the faculty of Fine Arts in Valencia, Spain - of documented sound-works known of but lost, pre-eminently the now legendary Symphony of Sirens at Baku, by Arseny Avraamov. This massive open air composition for two artillery batteries, several full infantry regiments, all the foghorns of the Caspian flotilla, several sea-planes, twenty-five steam locomotives, multiple choirs, arrays of pitched steam whistles and all the city's factory sirens can now, for the first time, be approached as an audio event through this careful, accurate and spatialised audio reconstruction (using original contemporary source materials).There are 39 other lost works here, including the legendary Victory over the Sun (Malevich, Matiushin, Kruchenykh) and other works by Vertov, The Orchestra of Noises, Prokofiev, Mayakovsky, El Lissitsky, The Nothingists, Jandinsky, Malevich, Rozanova, Larionov, the Psycho Futurist Group, Kamensky and Jakobson.
CD 2 centres around Dziga Vertov's prescient environmental sound composition for the 1930 film Enthusiasm..The Dombass Symphony - and also collects together for the first time 22 other original recordings of Mayakovsky, Mossolov, Jakobson, Khlebnikov, Lenin, Lunacharsky, Kollontay, Trotsky, Pasternak, Meytuss, Akhmatova, Mandelstahm, Naum Gabo, Shostakovich, and others.
72 PAGE BOOK contains extensive detailed notes and contexts for all the individual recordings, as well as biographies of the artists, additional work-notes on the process of the Baku reconstruction, a bibliography, rare photographs, web research links, related artwork, facsimiles of contemporary documents, a comparative timeline of European and Russian Avantgarde movements, and the first English translation of an article by Avraamov about his events.