Join X-ray Audio and sonic innovator Thurston Moore for a unique evening celebrating rebel sounds, bootleg technology and cold war culture in film, words and music cut live with vintage recording devices.
Many older people in Russia remember seeing and hearing strange vinyl type discs when they were young. The discs had partial images of skeletons on them, were called “Bones” or “Ribs” and originated in the Cold War years of the Soviet Union. In an era when the recording industry was ruthlessly controlled by the State, music-mad bootleggers had found an incredible alternative means of making illegal copies of forbidden recordings – they repurposed used X ray plates obtained from local hospitals.
‘They are images of pain and damage overlayed with the sounds of pleasure, fragile photographs of the interiors of Soviet citizens inscribed with thematic they secretly loved.’
The X-Ray Audio project explores this amazing world of forbidden music, cold war culture, bootleg technology and human endeavour with an online archive, a book, documentary, live events and a travelling exhibition. In this special live event, X-Ray Audio will tell the strange story of the Soviet bootleggers and demonstrate the art of cutting music to x-ray with very special guest Thurston Moore.