Influences: X.Y.R

Soviet Science Fiction, Boards Of Canada and Ducktails.

Influences: X.Y.R

Soviet Science Fiction, Boards Of Canada and Ducktails.

There has been a huge surge in experimental music emerging from the depths of Russia in recent times - the environment has helped inspire a new wave of musicians who have attempted to capture the wealth of influence emblazoned across the country and it's outback. X.Y.R is a producer based in St. Petersburg who has previously released music on 12th Isle and Not Not Fun. His artistic alias X.Y.R stands for Xram Yedinennogo Razmuwlenuja, a reference to Nikolai Gogol's 1842 "Dead Souls," in which one of the characters is pretentious enough to build his own "Temple of Solitary Contemplation." His latest release is a cassette for Quiet Time Tapes, a one sided experimental piece of music which spans over twenty minutes and draws upon influence Soviet sci fi and machinery. 

We invited him to take us through his influences below...


The tape can be purchased HERE

Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No.1 - 5. Rondo: Agitato

At a young age I often came across the music of Soviet composers, which played in films and cartoons. One of the most striking moments was in the work of Alfred Schnittke, which was used in the short film "Eraser and Pencil" (1982) directed by Elena Gavrilko. it is so emotional and powerful that I would call it the anthem of my childhood.

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