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BAKU: Symphony of Sirens (Recommended Records)

2 CDs & 72 pg book in a comprehensive presentation of the experiments and innovations in the exploration of sound by the historical Russian Avantgardes, 1908-42.

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Dziga Vertov

Nikolai Foregger & his Orchestra of Noises

Sergei Prokofiev

El Lissitsky

Velimir Khlebnikov

Ivan Ignatyev & The Ego Futurist Group

Mikhail Matiushin

Alexei Kruchenykh

Georgi Yakoulov

Konstantin Melnikov

Igor Severyanin

Vasilisk Gnedov

Vladimir Kasyanov & The Futurist Circle

David Burliuk

Elena Guro

Olga Rozanova

H2SO4 Group

Simon Chikovani

The Nothingists

Vasily Kandinsky

Danil Harms

Igor Terent'ev

Mikhail Larionov

The Psycho-futurists group

Vasily Kamensky

Varvara Stepanova

Roman Jakobson

Alexander Mossolov

Julius Meytuss

Roman Jakobson

Velimir Khlebnikov

Alexei Kruchenykh

Vladimir Mayakovsky

Lili Brik

David Burliuk

Sergei Esenin

Vasily Kamensky

Semen Kirsanov

V.I. Lenin

Anatoly Lunacharsky

Alexandra Kollontay

Leon Trotsky

Boris Pasternak

Anna Akhmatova

Osip Mandelshtam

Ilya Ehrenburg

Marina Tsvetaeva

Naum Gabo

Noton Pevsner

Dmitri Shostakovich

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Clothbound 72 page 25 x 14 cm book with two CDs.

UPC: 9780956018403

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: RER RAG 1 & 2
Squidco Product Code: 11658

Format: BOOK + 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Book with 2 CDs
Recorded 1908-1942.

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"CD1: The Symphony of Sirens. In 1922 Arseni Avraamov composed and conducted a visionary public sound event, activating the entire port city of Baku: its factory sirens, the ships horns of the entire Caspian flotilla, two batteries of artillery, several full infantry regiments, trucks, seaplanes, 25 steam locomotives, an array of pitched whistles and several massive choirs. Constantly referenced but forever lost, this extraordinary event is here painstakingly reconstructed and spatialised to approximate the original experience. Plus 39 other priceless sound works, including the legendary Victory over the Sun and other lost documents of Malevich, Dziga Vertov, Nikolai Foregger & his Orchestra of Noises, Sergei Prokofiev, El Lissitsky, Velimir Khlebnikov, Ivan Ignatyev & The Ego Futurist Group, Mikhail Matiushin, Alexei Kruchenykh, Georgi Yakoulov, Konstantin Melnikov, Igor Severyanin, Vasilisk Gnedov, Vladimir Kasyanov & The Futurist Circle, David Burliuk, Elena Guro, Olga Rozanova, H2SO4 Group, Simon Chikovani, The Nothingists, Vasily Kandinsky, Danil Harms, Igor Terent'ev, Mikhail Larionov, The Psycho-futurists group, Vasily Kamensky, Varvara Stepanova and Roman Jakobson.

CD2: Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony (1930) is possibly Dziga Vertov's most revolutionary achievement: a symphony of abstract industrial noise for which a specially designed giant mobile recording system was constructed (it weighed over a ton) in order to capture the din of mines, furnaces and factories. For Vertov, the introduction of sound film didn't mean talkies, but the opportunity to collage, montage and splice together constructions of pure environmental noise. In addition, this CD collects together for the first time a definitive library of original sound documents from the Russian Avantgarde: contemporary recordings of Alexander Mossolov, Julius Meytuss, Roman Jakobson, Velimir Khlebnikov, Alexei Kruchenykh, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lili Brik, David Burliuk, Sergei Esenin, Vasily Kamensky, Semen Kirsanov, V.I. Lenin, Anatoly Lunacharsky, Alexandra Kollontay, Leon Trotsky, Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelshtam, Ilya Ehrenburg, Marina Tsvetaeva, Naum Gabo, Noton Pevsner and Dmitri Shostakovich.

BOOK: A comprehensive overview of the complexity and breadth of the many early C20 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."-ReR Megacorp

Clothbound 72 page 25 x 14 cm book with two CDs.

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Track Listing:

CD 1:

1. Symphony Of Sirens 28:13

2. The Radio Of The Future 3:48

3. The First Spring Concert Of Universal Futurism 1:48

4. Victory Over The Sun - Introduction 0:27

5. Victory Over The Sun - Act 1: Bully's Song 0:36

6. Victory Over The Sun - Act 2: Petite Bourgeoisie 1:36

7. Victory Over The Sun - Other Excerpts 2:00

8. Laboratory Of Hearing 0:34

9. Laboratory Of Hearing 1:18

10. The March Of The Worker's Funeral 4:17

11. Nikolai Foregger & His Orchestra Of Noises 3:12

12. Factory 2:18

13. Radio-Ear / Radio-Pravda 2:59

14. Sonata Of Sleep 2:10

15. Pause-Sleep... 0:20

16. Overture 1:32

17. Echo 0:34

18. Poem 14 0:12

19. Dyr Bul Shchyl 0:21

20. Drama In The Futurists' Cabaret 3:32

21. The Family Of Vowels, Laughingly 0:57

22. Finland 1:15

23. About Two Squares - A Suprematist Story 0:57

24. [Spain] 0:46

25. Dada 0:24

26. Tsira 0:23

27. Manifesto From Nothingism 2:47

28. Decree About The Nothingists Of The Poetry 0:17

29. To See 1:29

30. Poem 0:27

31. Poem Without Title 0:17

32. Lapa/Paw 0:53

33. Endless Toast In Honor Of Sofia Georgievna 0:32

34. Ozz... 0:48

35. Zatirlikali Lirlyuki 0:13

36. Poem To The Letter 'k' 0:32

37. Rtny Khmole 0:49

38. Mglybzhvuo 0:41

39. Distraction 1:03

40. Poem Of The End 0:15

CD 2:

1. Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 3:49

2. Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 0:51

3. Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 1:04

4. Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 2:20

5. Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 1:17

6. Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 2:54

7. Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 0:35

8. Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 4:23

9. Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 5:34

10. Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 4:07

11. Zavod, Symphony Of Machines 2:59

12. Dneiprostroi, Dneiper Hydro-Electric Power Station 2:29

13. Pause 0:20

14. Incantation By Laughter 0:51

15. Winter 2:32

16. Naval Romance 1:00

17. From Street To Street 1:09

18. House-Painter 0:28

19. Confessions Of A Hooligan 1:30

20. The Way I Live 6:07

21. Not To Panel! 0:44

22. What Is Soviet Power 2:33

23. On People's Education 3:04

24. To The Workers 2:40

25. 10th Anniversary Of The Left Opposition 3:40

26. Night 2:13

27. To The Muse 0:43

28. Gypsy Girl 1:43

29. You Walk, Resemblin Me 1:53

30. The Realistic Manifesto 8:08

31. Radio Message 0:52

32. Radio Broadcast Of The Leningrad Symphony 1:21

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