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A comprehensive overview of the complexity and breadth of the many early 20th-century Russian avantgarde movements, followed by detailed notes and contexts for the individual recordings - including summary biographies of the main actors; additional work notes about the process of the extraordinary Baku reconstruction; a bibliography, rare photographs, web research links, artwork, facsimiles of contemporary documents, a comparative timeline of European and Russian Avantgardes and the first English translation of an article by Avraamov about the symphony. This is a definitive library collection, some seven years in the making and possibly our most important release of recent years.

Author: Miguel Molina Alarcón
Publisher: ReR Megacorp, London, 2008

The sound anthology of the Russian Avant-Garde (1908-1942) presented here is an attempt to capture the concept of "Avant-Garde", understood as "advance party" or "front line" in its widest sense - taking in the different areas of politics, society, culture and art in which manifestation through sound was important and necessary; an ideal way to spread its revolutionary intentions. That is why, on a sound level, it includes the avant-garde in politics (Lenin), culture (Lunacharsky), women's liberation (Alexandra Kollontayl. poetry (Mayakovsky, Khlebnikov, Krutschenij…), art (Malevich, Kandinsky, Larionov, Naum Gabo…), and music (Avraamov, Mossolov, Meytuss, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Matiushin…) as well as the emerging technological means of communication at that time, such as the phonograph, radio and cinema (Khlebnikov,
Vertov, Kasyanov…).

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