Elektro Moskvo

The secret history of Soviet space-age electronic music!

Welcome to the weird world of avant-­garde rock musicians, DIY circuit benders, vodka-­swilling dealers and urban archaeologists/collectors, all fascinated with obsolete Soviet-era electronic synthesizers. This strange universe of “cosmic chill-­out tunes,” Space Age dance music and electronic chirps & tweets has been rescued by directors Elena Tikhonova and Dominik Spritzendorfer in this fascinating documentary incorporating rare archival footage, including the last 1993 interview with famed inventor Leon Theremin. In a bizarre twist, many of these instruments were a by-­product of the Soviet military and KGB, created in the off-hours by scientist/inventors cobbling together spare transistors and wires to make their own synthesizers – including Theremin’s Rube Goldberg­-esque “Rhythmicon” from 1932, the world’s first rhythm machine, described by a museum curator as “space wreckage.” Rooting through discarded storage units for cracked and yellowing keyboards, pulling apart cheap toys and re-­wiring their inanely cheerful voice boards, these guerrilla circuit benders are creating new cosmic sounds from these forgotten “instruments with expanded abilities.


Thursday, June 18