Saturday, 20 October 2007

Various Artists - Electroacoustic Music Volume IV. Archive Tapes Synthesiser ANS 1964-1971

The Soviets did not only invest in sophisticated rocket technology & space, they also invented three incredibly unique synthesizers: (a) The Theremin (which has become pretty popular by now), (b) the Polivoks (sorry, don't know any recording of it, but it can perhaps be described as the Minimoog's wild brother) and (c) the ANS. You wouldn't recognise it as a synth even if you stood right in front of it. It looks like a baroque drawer/cupboard.

The ANS beast is probably one of the most unique synths ever made. Sound-synthesis is made with photosensitive sensors, and it sounds somewhat like a liquid cosmic nebular. Strange stuff. What's equally strange is that the ANS has attracted renowned classical composers like Alfred Schnittke & Sofia Gubaidulina. There's just a handful of known ANS recordings: Edward Artemiev's original Solaris & Stalker soundtracks (Solaris can be found here), Coil's three CD/one DVD set CoilANS, and Stanislav Kreichi's Anisana. For a better description check Wikipedia.

This recording featured here is probably the most essential, as (unlike the others) it is quite diverse in sound and includes some extremely rare electronic excursions by Schnittke & Gubaidulina. It's now impossible to get (even if you'd sell your mother's soul).
  1. Oleg Buloshkin - Sacrament [3:34]
  2. Sofia Gubaidulina - Vivente-Non Vivente ("Alive & Dead") [10:44]
  3. Edward Artemiev - Mosaic [4:00]
  4. Edward Artemiev - 12 looks at the world of sound [12:52]
  5. Edison Denisov - Birds singing [5:05]
  6. Alfred Schnittke - Steam [5:50]
  7. Alexander Nemtin - Tears [4:41]
  8. Alexander Nemtin - I.S. Bach: Choral Prelude C-Dur [2:30]
  9. Schandor Kallosh - Northern Tale [5:38]
  10. Stanislav Kreitchi - Voices of the west [2:00]
  11. Edward Artemiev & Stanislav Kreitchi - Music from the motion picture "Cosmos" [12:15]
  12. Stanislav Kreitchi - Intermezzo [2:00]
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Dualtrack said...

Excellent post! I've never heard of this series before, it's quite a treat! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! I just downloaded this and am presently listening to the first piece: it's unbelievable! I never heard of this stuff. Truly beautiful...


nehoccramcire said...

beautiful, thanks for the post...

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you...very nice stuff. You have an excellent blog.


Unknown said...

Very interesting piece of history, thank you!

I also came across some more early synth ventures at this RCA Electronic Music Synthesizer page. Might make a good Orpheus post.

Adam Eleven said...

You're a genius, Dave!! This is a real treasure. I'll post it here soon. Thanks a million, this is REALLY great stuff.

Sebb said...

damn u pretty deep in that synth a few swiss and french things u prolly would dig....