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STEPHEN COATES author of the X-Ray Audio project, is a composer and music producerHe came across the subject of the X-Ray recordings when 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.

In 2010, Stephen wrote and presented an eight part radio documentary series for Resonance Fm on "Sounds of propaganda and the Cold War" investigating the way music and audio was used for political purposes in the West and the Soviet countries. With Paul Heartfield he has been researching and interviewing the story of the X-Ray recordings in Russia researching as part of a series of projects on Soviet musical history..

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PAUL HEARTFIELD is one of London's most experienced and respected portraitists. 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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ALEKS KOLKOWSKI is a composer, sound artist and early recording researcher who uses historical sound recording and reproduction apparatus and obsolete media to make contemporary mechanical-acoustic music.  He will be providing live demonstrations of recording onto X-Ray plates using vintage analogue record-cutting lathes and commentary on groove-based recording techniques. Aleks was recently the Supersonix sound artist-in-residence at the Science Museum and has carried out many experiments in recording onto various matrixes. He is curator of the current Denman Exponential horn installation at the Science Museum.

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Maxim Kravchinskij - Author and broadcaster

Rudolf Fuchs - surviving creator and distributor of X Ray recordings

Artemyi Trositsky - Pre-eminent Russian music journalist



STRANGE ATTRACTOR have carved out a unique cross-media platform for a diverse host of authors, anthropologists, historians, scientists, sorcerers, artists, film-makers and musicians. Strange Attractor events and exhibitions have taken place at venues all over London, including the Horse Hospital, Conway Hall, the ICA, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Theosophical Society, Maggs Bros and Luminous Books.  From 2003, Strange Attractor Press have taken Strange Attractor's mission to print with four acclaimed Strange Attractor Journal anthologies, Phil Baker's biography of Austin Osman Spare, the  Wellcome Trust's 'Medical London', Mike Jay's 'The Influencing Machine', 'Welcome to Mars' and 'The Bright Labyrinth' by Ken Hollings, 'London's Lost Rivers' by Tom Bolton and 'Trip or Squeek' by Savage Pencil 

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ANTIQUE BEAT are a London based Arts label specialising in boutique music, events and products.  They have a history of curating and producing specialist arts events - often in in unusual locations. Their monthly Salon for the City series has been running for two years at Westminster Arts Reference Library in central London.  Their recent 32Londoners on the London Eye event, co-produced with A Curious Invitation has been described as 'one of the most ambitious literary events ever produced in the capital'.  In 2015 they will release a compilation of the music of Mikael Tariverdiev, one of the great Soviet Era film composers.

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For production assistance: Maxim Kravchinskij, Galina Shtanko, Nick Markovitch,  Alex Budovsky, Sergey Chernov, Sergey Korsakov, Marina Tsurtsumia, Laysan Gilmanova, Nix Stewart, Tim Dee, Irene and Andrey, Nicola Stewart, the UK Arts Council. For generous permission to use images and recordings: Aleksandr Khrisanov, Alexandr Moskalenko, Anatoly B, Andrei Arntgolts, Andrei Minkin, Ilya Shirokiy, Justinas  Shimkauskas, Nickolay Markovich  Kurganoff, Sergey Stavitsky, Valeriy, Yuri Bernikov  Yuriy Boyarintsev, Yuriy Gladkov, Gregory.


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