Electro Moscow
Elektro Moskva
Russia, Austria, 2013, 89 minutes
The Secret History of Soviet Space-Age Electronic Music
Electro Moscow Synopsis

Electro Moscow is an essayistic documentary about the Soviet electronic age and its legacy. The story begins with the inventor of the world's first electronic instrument, Leon Theremin, unveiling the KGB's huge pile of fascinating devices, some of which were musical. They all came into existence as a by-product of a rampant defense industry. Nowadays, those aged and abandoned 'musical coffins', as solidly made as a Kalashnikov, are being recycled and reinterpreted by the post-Soviet generations of musicians, sound collectors and circuit benders. The story of the Soviet synthesizers as an allegory to the everyday life under the Soviet system: nothing works, but you have to make the best out of it. An electronic fairy tale about the inventive spirit of the free mind inside the iron curtain- and beyond.

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Reviewed by drakejones
How amazing that  astounding music can be produced from restored synthesizers and machines from the Soviet Union era.  I had a great time listening to the electronic music that is... more
How amazing that  astounding music can be produced from restored synthesizers and machines from the Soviet Union era.  I had a great time listening to the electronic music that is very pop and very energizing to the weary spirit.  Truly , something wonderful can be derived even as the electronic age came to fruition inside the iron curtain. Music is definitely food for the soul. 
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Reviewed by viviencox
The footages showing Communist Russia,  while it evokes an era of supremacy  and even fear for the country were somehow relegated to the background when the electronic music revolution came... more
The footages showing Communist Russia,  while it evokes an era of supremacy  and even fear for the country were somehow relegated to the background when the electronic music revolution came into full swing and discussion in the film.  Viewers can't help but be mesmerized of the sounds and rhythms. Music afficionados will definitely identify so fondly to this documentary as it charts the electronic music history in the Soviet Union.  This made me tap my fingers in unison to my nodding head.   
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Reviewed by sharonmae
The rhythm machine from the Soviet Union has that hypnotic quality that easily catch the attention of music lovers.  This documentary impressively narrates the  electro music revolution in Russia in... more
The rhythm machine from the Soviet Union has that hypnotic quality that easily catch the attention of music lovers.  This documentary impressively narrates the  electro music revolution in Russia in the context of its political and social climate.  The scene where some musicians created music on the rhythm machine, which looks as though there are keyboards but where electronic sounds are made in a flat surface was a delight to the ears especially when it was done alongside piano melodies.  Engrossing to watch!
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  • amazingsquirrel I think this is definitely a film for you!

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  • amazingsquirrel I think this is definitely a film for you!
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    I will try to watch, once WillPage  confirms the squirrel film allowance status :]
    I will try to watch, once WillPage  confirms the squirrel film allowance status :]
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