Exhibition “Music on bones” is dedicated to the unique episode in the life of post-war Soviet society: in the late 1940s — early 1960s inventive the Soviet fans used captured and self-made recorders to secretly copy to x-rays of the music, were not permitted by the censorship repertoire.
Exhibition at the Garage — a result of the ongoing research project X-Ray Audio (London). In installations created specifically for the Museum of objects and documents 1940–1960-ies, incorporate technology smuggled, prohibited the culture of recycling policy during the cold war and human ingenuity. Along with the original recordings of “music on the bones” heard stories of people who made and distributed. Photos of vintage plates included in the exhibition, reveal their unintentional beauty — the “random” aesthetic of those born from the need of unique products in the clandestine manufacture.
Contrary to popular myth, the music recorded “on the bones” these “plates” was due to the fact that they show different parts of the skeleton, was not only Western jazz and then rock-n-roll, but Russian emigre music, criminals and Gypsy songs. Soviet music “bootleggers”, risking their freedom, did the coveted hits available to a wider audience, thereby creating a bright Chapter in the history of Russian samizdat. In the mid-1960s, the advent of reel-to-reel tape recorders put an end to this amazing phenomenon, and gradually an underground market for these uniquevisually and acoustically — artifacts disappeared.
“These are the prints of pain and trauma c recorded sounds of forbidden pleasure, fragile internals photos of Soviet citizens, covered with ghostly music who is secretly loved by them, fine the carriers of the punk protest; it is “retenida”. In a culture where the record industry was under the total control of the state, audiophiles discovered the amazing alternate way of replication,” says Stephen Coates, the curator of the exhibition.
Exhibition “Music on the bones”
“This project is a selfless long-term study, the archive of samizdat art, cultural resistance, a daring enterprise. Medical images of human bodies shed light on confusing and attractive type of musical media, opening a portal to a little-known, openaudio images Chapter in the history of post-war communism,” says Sukhdev Sandhu, Professor of English, social and cultural analysis at new York University.
The exhibition is curated by musician Stephen Coates and photographer Paul heartfield (X-Ray Audio, London), the producers in Russia — Sergey Korsakov and the project “Cardboardia”. Exhibition in the Museum “Garage” organized by Ekaterina Lazareva, associate curator of the Museum. The exhibition is timed programme of public events.
In the first days of the exhibition in the atrium of the Museum “Garage” held a performance of “Cabaret X-Ray,” dedicated to the heroes of the underground culture of “music on the bones”. During the concert, special guest musicians, the audience witnessed the creation of a new record x-ray images on the original recorder of the 1950s