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Andrey Smirnov

Andrey Smirnov is a Russian researcher, interdisciplinary artist, writer, composer and the founding director of the Theremin Center in Moscow.

Born in 1956, Smirnov experimented with making electronic music from childhood and began collecting whatever articles, magazines, and books he could find in the Soviet Union. He later became assistant to the creator of the Ecvodin synthesizer, Russian inventor Andrei Volodin; through this Smirnov gained access to extensive archives that documented the history of Russian musical acoustics and technology. Since 1976 Smirnov has conducted research on electronic music techniques and gestural interfaces, and after developing many contemporary interpretations of Leon Theremin's classic electronic musical instrument he established the Theremin Center in 1992.

Smirnov is a researcher and senior lecturer at the Centre for Electroacoustic Music at Moscow State Conservatory, and a lecturer at the Rodchenko School for Modern Photography and Multimedia, where he teaches courses on the history and aesthetics of electroacoustic music, sound design and composition, new musical interfaces and physical computing. He has conducted numerous workshops and master classes in the U.S., Europe and Russia, and is the author of Sound In Z: Experiments In Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th Century Russia (2013). The book was accompanied by the Generation Z exhibition which aimed to restore the censored history of artistically utopian sound researchers, sound experimentalists and inventors in early 20th century Russia.

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