SMIRNOV, ANDREY: Sound in Z.
An indispensible work that gathers together the groundbreaking and largely ignored innovations and experiments concerned with sound and electronic music in the early years of the Soviet Union. 266 pages, with a huge and precious collection of photographs, diagrams, facsimile documents and other visual materials. The perfect companion to our own Baku: Symphony of Sirens, but far more comprehensive. Including a great deal about a whole range of early electronic instruments we never hear about, visionary predictions, early work on drawn sound (using optical filmstock), early experiments in synthesis, the ideas of bio-mechanics and of course the life and works Theremin, Vertov, Avraamov and a catalogue of other luminous visionaries who at last get some of the attention they deserve. Leading lights in prescient moment of history when new ideas were writing the future we now inhabit. Engagingly written in plain English and very much to the point. An education. L