[microsound-announce] Sound out of Paper with Andrei Smirnov May 21 at NK Berlin

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Wed May 20 10:10:15 EDT 2009

"Sound out of Paper" with Andrei Smirnov May 21 at NK Berlin

Russian proto-electronic music from 1930-s and beyond,
A presentation and film viewing session of synthesized sound from light
called Graphical (Drawn) Sound technique 
produced in the 1930s recently discovered at the Russian State Film Archive.

starting at 21:00 on Thursday May 21, 2009
Location: NK, Elsenstr. 52 2HH, 2Etage
Entrance: Free

The technology of synthesizing sound from light called Graphical (Drawn)
Sound technique which was invented in 
Soviet Russia in 1929 as a consequence of the newly invented sound-on-film
technology. At exactly the same time 
similar efforts were being undertaken in Germany by Rudolf Pfenninger in
Munich and, somewhat later, by Oscar 
Fischinger in Berlin.
This invention came at least twenty years too early while the World War II
was already at the threshold. As a result by 
late 1930-s the work in this domain effectively came to a halt. Although
there were several short articles published 
in USA by V.Solev (1935), most publications about research and developments
in the USSR were in Russian. At the 
same time the most important documents were never published at all and were
circulating in manuscript form. 
Fortunately many unique archives survived and are collected now at the
Theremin Center in Moscow. Over two hours 
of synthesized music produced in 1930s twenty years before the foundation
of electronic music were discovered 
recently at the Russian State Film Archive. Many of those materials which
were never shown before are included in 
our presentation.


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