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Sound In Z: Early 20th-Century Russian Electronic Music
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Author Sound In Z: Early 20th-Century Russian Electronic Music
kingspill
Andrei Smirnov's fantastic book about early electronic music in Russia.
Always always always out of print.
PDF is online for now, get it before it disappears again. Scroll down to PDF link.
https://monoskop.org/log/?p=8860


writeup from artbook:
Sound in Z: Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th-century Russia
Published by Walther König, Köln
Edited by David Rogerson, Matt Price. Foreword by Jeremy Deller. Text by Andrei Smirnov.

Sound in Z supplies the astounding and long-lost chapter in the early story of electronic music: the Soviet experiment, a chapter that runs from 1917 to the late 1930s. Its heroes are Arseny Avraamov, inventor of Graphic Sound (drawing directly onto magnetic tape) and a 48-note scale; Alexei Gastev, who coined the term “bio-mechanics”; Leon Theremin, inventor of the world's first electronic instrument, the Theremin; and others whose dreams for electronic sound were cut short by Stalin's regime. Drawing on materials from numerous Moscow archives, this book reconstructs Avraamov's “Symphony of Sirens,” an open-air performance for factory whistles, foghorns and artillery fire first staged in 1922, explores Graphic Sound and recounts Theremin's extraordinary career—compiling the first full account of Russian electronic music.
Plop
It could be that I'm already too late (hope not, it sound really interesting) but the link keeps loading without result and then just poops out, not even a message about lost servers or something.
kingspill
Try now Plop. I updated the link to a better source.
Plop
That one works, Thanks! I always loved Russian technology and engineering, in a nutshell pragmatic and bat shit at the same time.
MindMachine
I think the Wire has been selling it for a couple of years:

http://www.thewire.co.uk/shop/books/sound-inz_experiments-in-sound-and -electronic-music-in-early-20th-century-russia-by-andrey
kingspill
Quote:
I think the Wire has been selling it for a couple of years:


They do but it's been listed it as Unavailable for as long as I can remember.
unrecordings
Excellent, thanks for the link
It's a fairly hefty download (200Mb scan)

I'm very surprised this hasn't been published as an eBook especially with Arts Council support here in the UK

Might rattle a few cages next week - I'm always a fan of authors getting recognition through the proper channels (and the best possible presentation of their work)
sduck
Unavailable and out of print don't equate to making a downloadable pdf legal - is that pdf link aproved by the publisher and/or author? If not, it has to go.

See - https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=47217
sundog
I noticed that Andrey Smirnov's personal website has a link to that download page:

http://asmir.info/index.htm
sduck
Well then! I guess that makes it ok. At least as far as I'm concerned.
kingspill
Thanks sduck, I apologize.
I should have checked more thoroughly before I posted.
blungo2
Just got it, thanks!
unrecordings
kingspill wrote:
Thanks sduck, I apologize.
I should have checked more thoroughly before I posted.


IMHO you were justified. I checked out the publisher's website and they only seem interested in selling the remaining stock direct at €128 each (?!)

I popped an email to Sound & Music, the Arts Council related body that co-published the book and asked them why it hasn't been turned into an eBook yet (and this should be right up their street in terms of remit)

We'll see what happens - good things will come of your post Kingspill, maybe not for this book, but for similar ventures in the future
chamomileshark
thanks for the head's up and link.

@ unrecordings I hope the Art's Council will do this. I'd be happy to pay for an e-book version.
unrecordings
I think many people would, but with funded bodies you generally have to repeatedly kick them up the arse to get anything more than just a box ticking exercise

edit: anyone feel free to chime in - http://soundandmusic.org/
unrecordings
I've not heard a peep out of soundandmusic - anyone one else want to rattle their cage ? The more interest they get, the more chance there is of getting this project some better recognition
ben_hex
Thanks for pointed out the book. Grabbed the PDF as it seems ok to do so. I'll send an email and give this thing a prod. I'd pay for a proper e book version too.
kcd06
Hmm. Earlier this week, the hosting service was saying that their bandwidth had been exceeded. When I tried just now, firefox killed the connection when the virus detector went off.
unrecordings
It's back

http://soundandmusic.org/projects/sound-z-sale-now

£25 plus postage

I think it's original stock that they've found rather than a second run - my (shrinkwrapped) copy says 2013
lud
unrecordings wrote:
It's back

http://soundandmusic.org/projects/sound-z-sale-now

£25 plus postage

I think it's original stock that they've found rather than a second run - my (shrinkwrapped) copy says 2013


Thanks so much for the heads up, just grabbed a copy!
shoottofill
nice! hope it gets a proper eBook release.
DJFonzi
I've just finally received my copy from Sound and Music today. A quick flip-through shows me this book is TOTALLY worth the effort and expense.
God bless 'em for printing the full stereo pairs of images where available!
wiredK
It seems very interesting! many thanks for the link(s) thumbs up
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