“Peter Bonne is a pioneer of electro-body music and minimal wave. He is the founder of the label Micrart and of the bands Autumn, Linear Movement, Twilight Ritual and A Split-Second. Belgium Underground went to meet him..“
Source: Belgium Underground
The strange story of Soviet music on the bone. The iconic images of gramophone grooves cut onto x-rays of skulls, ribcages and bones have captured the collective imagination way beyond the music scene. Now for the first time, the complete story of the Soviet x-ray record has emerged, as told by the people who made it happen.
Cold War Leningrad: In a culture where the recording industry was ruthlessly controlled by the state, music lovers discovered an extraordinary alternative means of reproduction: they repurposed used x-ray film as the base for records of forbidden songs. Giving blood every week to earn enough money to buy a recording lathe, one bootlegger Rudy Fuchs cuts banned music onto such discarded x-rays to be sold on street corners by shady dealers. It was ultimate act of punk resistance, a two-fingered salute to the repressive regime that gave a generation of young Soviets access to forbidden Western and Russian music, an act for which Rudy and his fellow bootleggers would pay a heavy price. The culmination of four years of research and countless trips to Russia to track down Rudy, buyer and amateur dealer Nick Markovitch and Beatles’ fanatic Kolya Vasin, this short documentary gives an evocative and intimate insight into one of the most extraordinary, untold stories of twentieth century music. Produced by The Vinyl Factory and Antique Beat, the film is part of a larger project which has seen Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield publish a book and tour a series of live events, the next of which will take place at Rough Trade East in London on 9th March.
Source: The Vinyl Factory
“Rooted in the concept of a “neo-tribal” approach; reducing electronics to the emotional, hypnotic rhythm core, James Dean Brown founded Hypnobeat in 1983. Affected by the energy and the emotional impact of polyrhythms, their live sets turned out to become machine improvisations centered around the inimitable sound of the Roland TR-808 plus a wide range of analog gear including up to six synchronized rhythm machines.“
“Active contributors to the tape scene of the 80’s, two retrospective Hypnobeat vinyl albums are planned for release in
2014 on Serendip and Dark Entries.”