Sounds of the avant-garde: the history of acoustic experiments 1910–1930

23 October 2014

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SOUNDS OF THE AVANT-GARDE: THE HISTORY OF ACOUSTIC EXPERIMENTS 1910–1930
Lecture
Konstantin Dudakov-Kashuro
Thursday, October 23, 7.30 – 9.00 pm
Garage Education Center
Free admission
 

This lecture covers the more significant and memorable events relating to the lesser-known and sparsely documented history of early Soviet sound, and touches upon the issues raised by reenacting these phenomena today. In terms of its audial aspects, the Russian avant-garde is most often associated with the work of composers. However, in the years preceding, and especially in the period following the Revolution of October 1917, acoustic experiments transcended the realm of music to constitute important theoretical and practical aspects of art, theater, cinema, and even teaching. Many of these experiments took place at the intersection of music, performance, and the everyday, which identifies them to a certain degree as performance art.

Konstantin Dudakov-Koshuro is a culturologist, researcher of the avant-garde, and lecturer at the Moscow State Lomonosov University. He co-authored the project ReConstruction of Sound, and the musical/theatrical program Reconstruction of Utopia, which won the Sergey Kurekhin Prize Grand Prix in 2014.

Images:

1. Reconstructing Utopia
Percussion band
Moscow, 2012

2. Samson Galperin
Moscow, mid-1920s
Courtesy of the Alexander Bakhrushin State Museum of Theater, Moscow

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