Cold War Russia: the recording industry is completely state controlled, but music-mad bootleggers risk imprisonment with an extraordinary means of reproduction. They cut forbidden jazz, rock ’n’ roll and banned Russian music onto used X-ray plates, creating ghostly records with images of the interiors of Soviet citizens.

Author, composer and musician Stephen Coates presents this incredible story of bootleg technology, Cold War culture and human endeavour. In a unique event, he and sound artist Aleks Kolkowski will explain the magical process of recording onto various discs and provide a live demonstration of cutting music onto a new X-ray.

A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Stephen came across the X-ray audio project when travelling to Russia to perform as The Real Tuesday Weld. Fellow early recording enthusiast Aleks was the 2013 artist in residence at London’s Science Museum, and also performs with wax cylinder recordings.

Includes live performance by Marcella Puppini.

The East End Film Festival regrets to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances it has had to cancel this event. The EEFF wishes to apologise to those who purchased tickets for the event, who will be refunded in full. We very much hope to be able to work with the X-Ray Audio team on another event in the future.



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