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V.A. (VARIOUS ARTISTS) - BAKU: SYMPHONY OF SIRENS

Format: BOOK + do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: ReR Megacorp ReR RAG1 & 2
Release Year: 2008
Note: Sound Experiments of the Russian Avantgarde. Original Documents and Reconstructions of 72 Key Works of Music, Poetry and Agitprop (1908-1942), incl. the legendary "Symphony of Sirens" from ARSENI AVRAAMOV! Comes with 72 p. clothbound book, absolutely essential for anyone interested in this!!!
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Fantastisches Buch (72 Seiten, Hardcover) ber die Russische Avantgarde des letzten Jahrhunderts. Auf CD 1 wird sehr plastisch die legendre "Symphonie der Sirenen" von 1922 rekonstruiert, ein "Produktionskonzert" von Arseni AWRAAMOW, bei der eine ganze Stadt (Baku) beteiligt war und Sirenen und Motoren als Instrumente eingesetzt wurden (sowie Maschinen, Gewehrsalven, Gerusche von Lokomotiven & Flugzeugen, und Arbeiterchre)...
Daneben gibt es auf beiden CDs reihenweise weitere Rekonstruktionen und Originalia aus der Zeit von 1910 bis 1941, von den ersten "Sound Poems" ber futuristischen Kompositionen, obskuren Radio-experimenten, Ballet- & Opernstcken, der "Dombass Symphony" von DZIGA VERTOV, bis hin zu politischen Ansprachen und der Verlesung von Manifesten. Im Begleitbuch dazu extensives Material, eine grosse Menge an Texten & Fotos.. Essentiell fr jeden der sich fr diese Zeit & Kunstepoche interessiert !!!

"An incredible artefact from ReR, this double-disc release comes housed in a beautifully detailed book, all dedicated to the pioneers of the Russian avant-garde in the early twentieth century. The first disc captures a modern-day reconstruction of Arseni Avraamov's Symphony Of Sirens, a public sound event originally conceived in 1922, made up from factory sirens, military regiments, steam locomotives and choirs, all representing the lively sonic signature of the port city of Baku. In addition to that there are 39 short-form sound pieces, reproduced from original works by the key experimenters of the era, including Dziga Vertov and Sergei Prokofiev. The second disc is probably even better, kicking off with Dziga Vertov's Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony from 1930. This is an original recording by the Man With A Movie Camera director, and it's an epiphany for any fans of early electronic/noise music, featuring painstaking, laborious documents of the clamour heard in mines, factories and furnaces. Further to that, the disc rounds off with a library-like collection of shorter sound works captured around the same time, including recordings from Alexander Mossolov, Leon Trotsky, Boris Pasternak and Dmitri Shostakovitch. The accompanying book is crammed with explanatory text and photographs, making this an invaluable item for anyone with an interest in Soviet-era art and music." [Boomkat]

"BAKU: SYMPHONY OF SIRENS. SOUND EXPERIMENTS IN THE SOVET AVANT GARDE - ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS AND RECONSTRUCTIONS OF 74 KEY WORKS OF MUSIC, POETRY AND AGITPROP from the RUSSIAN
AVANT GARDE 1908-1942.
72 pp Clothbound Book with 2 Audio CDs.
Cat. No: ReR RAG1,2
ISBN: 978-0-9560184-0-3

These two CDs and 72 page clothbound book offer the most comprehensive presentation of the experiments and innovations in the exploration of sound by the historical Russian Avantgardes ever attempted. This publication is based around the sounds themselves. Though much was not documented at the time, and some has been lost, what remains is collected on the second CD, which centres around Dziga Vertovs prescient environmental sound composition for the 1930 film Enthusiasm..The Dombass Symphony - and also collects together for the first time 22 original recordings of Mayakovsky, Mossolov, Jakobson, Khlebnikov, Lenin, Lunacharsky, Kollontay, Trotsky, Pasternak, Meytuss, Akhmatova, Mandelstahm, Naum Gabo, Shostakovich, and others.
But what make this collection doubly valuable, and unique, are the contents of CD1, which consists of 40 painstaking reconstructions - made by the Laboratorio de Creaciones Intermedia, Dept. of Sculpture at the faculty of Fine Arts in Valencia, Spain - of documented sound-works that have subsequently been lost, above all the now legendary Symphony of Sirens at Baku, by Arseny Avraamov. This massive open air composition, for two artillery batteries, several full infantry regiments, all the foghorns of the Caspian flotilla, several sea-planes, twenty-five steam locomotives, multiple choirs, arrays of pitched steam whistles, and all the citys factory sirens can now, for the first time, be approached as a physical event through this careful and accurate spatialised audio reconstruction (using original contemporary source materials) as well as 39 other priceless lost works, including the legendary Victory over the Sun (mayak &c) and other works by Vertov, The Orchestra of Noises, Prokofiev, Mayakovsky, El Lissitsky, The Nothingists, Jandinsky, Malevich, Rozanova, Larionov, the Psycho Futurist Group, Kamensky, Jakobson, and others..
The CDs give body to Miguel Molina Alarcons comprehensive overview of the complexity and breadth of the many early C20 Russian avantgarde movements, and there are extensive detailed notes and contexts for all the individual recordings, as well as biographies of the artists, additional work-notes on the process of the Baku reconstruction, a bibliography, rare photographs, web research links, related artwork, facsimiles of contemporary documents, a comparative timeline of European and Russian Avantgarde movements, and the first English translation of an article by Avraamov about his events.
Apart from a general appeal, this is a work particularly suitable for libraries, educational institutions and galleries.
Vol 1. ARSENI AVRAAMOV and Others.
BAKU: SYMPHONY OF SIRENS and other critical reconstructions of key works of music, poetry and agit-prop from the Russian avant-garde (1908-1942)
Vol 2. DZIGA VERTOV and Others.
Enthusiasm: The Dombass Symphony, and other ORIGINAL recordings of key works of and agit-prop from the Russian avant-garde (1908-1942)" [label info]

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