San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Thursday 16 April 2015 / 19.00-21.00
BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle
£4 advance / £5 on the door
Hear a story of forbidden music, cold war culture and Soviet bootleg technology from musician and producer Stephen Coates and sound artist Aleks Kolkowski.
Many older people in Russia remember seeing and hearing strange vinyl flexi-discs when they were young. The discs had partial images of skeletons on them and were called 'Bones' or 'Ribs'. In the post war period, both the Soviet recording industry and its permissible musical repertoire were ruthlessly controlled by the State. But a vibrant, secret and risky trade grew up in bootleg records containing forbidden music. These were made on used X-Rays obtained from hospitals, cut into discs and engraved with the grooves of copied gramaphone records.
Stephen will illustrate this tale through photographs, essays, sound and film with testemonies from surviving Russians of the period.
Aleks will provide a ommentary on groove-based record techniques plus and actual live demonstration of recording onto X-Ray plates using vintage analogue record-cutting lathes- from a special live musical performance.
For more information: www.x-rayaudio.squarespace.com