Electronic music lovers rejoice! One of our bestselling titles, ‘Sound in Z: Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th-century Russia‘, is now back in stock. However, we have very few copies available – so do get your copy now, if you want one.
It is only being sold direct to our customers, via our website. Trade customers should contact us separately if they wish to discuss ordering copies.
In case you aren’t familiar with the title, it is Andrey Smirnov’s account of the ‘musical inventions, instruments and ideas’ that artists and experimenters created in Russia in the period after the revolution, 1917 to the 1930s – one that was abruptly brought to a halt by the new political regime. It was an exciting time for audio technology, and a largely forgotten chapter in the history of music. Some of the key experimenters – such as Arseny Avraamov and Alexai Gastev – are introduced here, and new light is shed on the better known figures like Leon Theremin, inventor of the first electronic musical instrument. The title has been out of print for some time, so we’re really pleased to get our hands on a limited number of copies of this highly sort after book.
Continuing with this Russian theme, we’d also like to flag up a forthcoming book – due October 2017 – and published by our very own HOME here in Manchester, in association with The New Social. It is ‘Subkultura: Stories of youth and resistance in Russia, 1815-2017‘. Written by renowned Russian journalist and cultural figure Artemy Troitsky, it’s his personal take on groups and individuals that have instigated social or political change in Russia. Taking a chronological format, it starts from the early 19th century, right through to the present, showing how artists, writers, musicians, anarchists (to name but a few) have created the Russian society of today. It’s fascinating stuff and we reckon this book is going to be hot property, so do watch this space! It is being launched during HOME’s Russian Revolution inspired season of theatre, film, events and visual art, which is to be launched next month: A Revolution Betrayed?
Going back to music, and following on from last week’s email newsletter, we’d also like to let you know that ‘True Faith‘ – the book that goes alongside Manchester Art Gallery’s current exhibition, showing the influence of Manchester bands New Order and Joy Division on the visual arts – is now available to purchase. It’s proving very popular, so get a copy whilst you can!