Sponsored by: Armstrong Field Real Estate & Perry Hallinan
Directed by Elena Tikhonova and Dominik Spritzendorfer
ELEKTRO MOSKVA provides the first concise analysis of Russian electronic music from the early 1910s to the present. Embedded in discourses about everyday matters, technology and philosophy, ELEKTRO MOSKVA portrays these musical experiments as an allegory for sociopolitical terrain that has remained unexplored until now. With a trove of archival material and location shots, this is the story of how the electric current was brought under control to the accompaniment of synthesizers and drum machines.
Today, these machines are in great demand, with collectors going to the country´s most remote corners to learn more about these quasi-futuristic devices. This “electromagnetic fairytale” tells of an intellectual curiosity that turns nothing into something in spite of, or because of, repression. ELEKTRO MOSKVA lays out the map of Russia’s music production history in an equally informative and entertaining way, at the same time making a passionate call for sonic utopias.