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Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Nick Luscombe digs into 100 years of experimentalism to mark October Revolution Day. Expect futurism, throat singing, and free jazz, with a celebration of All-Russian Music.

To mark the centenary of the October Revolution, which began on 7th November 1917, presenter Nick Luscombe digs into 100 years of Russian experimentalism.

The BBC has commissioned programmes across television and radio, spanning art, culture, and politics, to examine this revolutionary moment and its continued impact on society.

Tonight Late Junction celebrates the underground, the avant-garde, the suppressed, the suspect, and the subversive music that emerged from tumultuous times in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia.

Hear futurist experiments with sound and phonetics, Music On Ribs, free jazz, Sots Art, Tuvan throat singing, and Soviet synthesizers. Particular attention is also paid to the country's contemporary electronic music scene, with tracks from Kate NV, HMOT and Pixelord.

Produced by Jack Howson for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Tue 7 Nov 2017 23:00

Music Played

  • Vladimir Resnikoff

    The volga boatman's song

  • Arthur Lourié

    2 Kolibeln'ya (2 Berceuses) No. 1. Pussy-cat, don't go there...

    Performer: Jascha Nemtsov. Lyricist: Анна Ахматова. Singer: Verena Rein.
    • Russian Songs.
    • Profil.
  • NV


    • Ы.
    • Orange Milk.
  • Fanny Kaplan

    shema ustarela sekundu nazad #2

    • vsjo dozvoleno ili net.
    • Self-released.
  • Mikael Tariverdiev

    Moscow Morning

    • Olga Sergeevna (Soundtrack).
    • Earth UK.
  • Vladimir Shainsky


    • Katerok (Soundtrack).
  • Sofia Gubaidulina

    Vivente - Non Vivente

    • Electroshock Presents Electroacoustic Music Volume IV: Archive Tapes Synthesizer.
    • Electroshock Records.
  • Komar & Melamid

    The Most Unwanted Song (Fewer Than 200 Individuals Of The World's Total Population Will Enjoy This)

    • The People's Choice Music.
    • Dia Center For The Arts.
  • Pyotr Leshchenko


    • X-Ray Audio.
    • X-Ray Audio.
  • Kosichkin Tapes

    Side A

    • Kosichkin Tapes.
    • Klammklang.
  • Hmot


    • Our Golden Age Is Now.
    • Klammklang.
  • Albert Kuvezin

    Song to the Spirits

  • Yanka

    My Sorrow Is Luminous

    • Angedonia.
    • BSA Records.
  • Sergey Kuryokhin & Boris Grebenshchikov

    Mad Nightingales In The Russian Forest

    • Mad Nightingales In The Russian Forest.
    • Leo Records.
  • Ganelin Trio

    Live In East Germany (Excerpt)

    • Live In East Germany.
    • Leo Records.
  • Phurpa

    Live in St. Petersburg (feat. Alissa Nicolai)

    • Mantras of Bön.
    • Zoharum.
  • Yuri Morozov


    • Strange Angels.
    • Buried Treasure Records.
  • Vladimir Komarov

    Voice Of Theremin

    Featured Artist: Lydia Kavina. Featured Artist: Лев Сергеевич Термен.
    • Music From The Ether - Original Works For Theremin.
    • Mode.
  • Holly & Pixelord

    Want To See You

    • Near Field: Region 001.
    • Renraku.
  • Dziga Vertov

    Enthusiasm - Excerpt 1

    • Enthusiasm: The Symphony of Donbass.
  • Dziga Vertov

    Enthusiasm - Excerpt 8

    • Enthusiasm: The Symphony of Donbass.
  • Jan Ryhalsky

    The Wall of an Abandoned Silo

    • Iron Skeletons.
    • LOM.
  • Dmitry Evgrafov

    Kintsukuroi (feat. Benoît Pioulard)

    • Comprehension of Light.
    • 130701.
  • Komar & Melamid

    The Most Wanted Song (A Musical Work That Will Be Unavoidably And Uncontrollably "Liked" By 72 ± 12% Of Listeners)

    • The People's Choice Music.
    • Dia Center For The Arts.


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