The X-Ray Audio Project:The Incredible story of Bootleg Technology, Cold War Culture and Human Endeavour
Date: Friday, May 8th
*** Complementary cocktails generously provided by Art In The Age
Many older people in Russia remember seeing strange vinyl type flexi-discs when they were young. The discs had partial images of skeletons on them and were called 'Bones' or 'Ribs'.
In the cold war era, both the Soviet recording industry and its permissable musical repertoire were ruthlessly controlled by the State. But a vibrant, secret and risky trade grew up in bootleg records containing forbidden music including Western Jazz and Rock and Roll. In the absence of the usual means of making records, bootleggers has discovered an ingenious alternative source of recording medium used X-Ray plates obtained from hospitals
In a very special unique event, with images, film and sound, STEPHEN COATES presents a selection of these beautiful and spooky X-Ray records collected in Russia and tells the history of those who made them. ALEKS KOLKOWSKI will explain the magical process of recording onto various surfaces and will provide an incredible live demonstration of cutting music onto a new X-Ray
STEPHEN COATES is a composer and music producer. He came across the subject of the X-Ray recordings when travelling to Russia to perform as The Real Tuesday Weld. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, he is particularly interested in the interaction between music and culture.
ALEKS KOLKOWSKI is a musician, sound artist and early recording enthusiast. He was the 2013 artist in residence at London's Science Museum and performs live with wax cylinder recordings
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