Records revived on X-Ray

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Picture cold war Leningrad where everything is controlled and commanded. This is where creativity and ingenuity really thrives; when it has to find the hard way round. It’s in this context that music found a radical reproduction – on X-ray film.

Dubbed as “Bone Music” by the stilyagi (1950’s Russian Beatnicks/Hipsters) of the day, these X-rays were usually collected from hospital waste bins, and contained Western music that managed to make it into the Soviet Union through satellite countries such as Hungary. Reports fastcodesign: “They would then etch a copy of an album into the X-Ray, cut it into a crude circle with manicure scissors, and use a cigarette to burn a hole in the middle, allowing the record to be played on any turntable”

Bone Music will be the topic of an upcoming documentary focussing on one of the bootleggers, Rudy Fuchs, who saved enough money for a private lathe from giving blood. His bootleg recordings were then sold them on street corners… but not without consequence.

Documentary filmmakers ‘The Vinyl Factory’ have travelled to Russia in an effort to find Rudy and friends and unearth the story behind their epic revolution, and hope this film (below) will form part of a much larger project and series of live events in London.

You can read about this feat of epic engineering here, and more about the documentary here.

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