X-Ray Audio by the Bureau of Lost Culture: "Bone music" in Restless Youth exhibition
Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield, from the X-Ray Audio Project, will tell the story of the forbidden music of the Soviet Union in our Restless Youth galleries.
X-Ray Audio is a project by The Bureau of Lost Culture. The Bureau is dedicated to recollecting counter-cultural stories through film, installations and broadcasts. By evoking the spirit of the forgotten underground they aim to inspire with a sense of risk and provocation. The project is now an award winning film, documentary, radio documentary, book and international travelling exhibitiom.
This echoes the exhibition's presentation on emerging youth sub-cultures across Europe after the Second World War. The speakers will demonstrate how bootleggers used recycled X-ray film obtained from local hospitals to cut new records from musical performances and copy forbidden recordings.
After the talk, Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield will use a 1950s recording lathe to cut the guest band Dez Mona straight to x-ray, resulting in the creation of a 'bone record'.
STEPHEN COATES is a music producer, broadcaster and writer. He came across and researched the subject of the Soviet X-Ray recordings while travelling to Russia to perform as The Real Tuesday Weld over the last six years. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, he is particularly interested in the interaction between music and culture.
PAUL HEARTFIELD is one of London's most experienced and respected portraitist. He has worked extensively in the music industry, photographing many international bands and musicians over the last decade. He is the regular portrait and archive photographer for the Houses of Commons and Lords in Westminster and has photographed most of the senior British politicians of the last few years.
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