Araamov

Arseny Araamov (1886-1944): Real Noise Originator
Arseny Araamov @ Buku on the 7th of November in 1922
Araamov conducting Symphony of the Factory Seirens from the top of a building.

Araamov conducting Symphony of the Factory Sirens from the top of a building.

The original performance of Simfoniya Gudkov (or ‘The Symphony of the Factory Sirens) took place in 1922 – in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

It involved:
naval ships sirens and whistles,
buses and car horns,
all the factory sirens of Baku,
cannons,
the foghorns of the entire Soviet flotilla in the Caspian Sea,
artillery guns,
machine guns,
seaplanes,
trucks,
25 steam locomotives,
a specially designed ‘whistle main’,
a full infantry regiment,
several large choirs,
a team of conductors on specially constructed towers using flags and pistols.

The Symphony of the Factory Sirens is Araamov’s most famous composition and took place to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Soviet Republic.

Look at him! He is a god of noise.

Look at him! He is a god of noise.

Excerpt from the program:

[I part. “Anxiety”. On the first salyutnomu fired from a raid (about 12) come with an alarming toll Zyh, White City, and Bibi-Eybat Bailov.
Upon entering the fifth gun rings Tovaroupravleniya Aznefti and docks.
On the 10th I-II-III and I-Group plants Chernogorodskogo area.
On the 15 th-1 st group Black sirens and the city fleet. At the same time, the fourth company armavirskih komkursov, predvoditelstvuemaya combined duhovym Varshavyankoy “with the orchestra, goes to the wharf.
At the 18 th gun factories come gorrayona and seaplanes take off.
At the 20 th-blast railway depot at railway stations and the remaining locomotives. Machine guns, infantry and steam Orchestra, which come at the same time, receive signals directly from dirizherskoy tower …
Over the last five rounds anxiety reaches a peak and ends with the 25 th gun. Pause. Call (sig-nal with highway).
[Part II. “Boy”. Triple chord siren. Declining seaplanes. “Hooray” to the wharf. Performing with the signal line. “International” (4 times).
The second polustrofe enters connected with the brass band “La Marseillaise.”
In repeating (opening) melodies “Zonta” chorus enters entire area […] and sings all three stanza to finish. At the end of last stanza returned armavirtsy with orchestras, “Hooray encountered response” from the area. In all the time of execution “Zonta” rings factory district, station (depots and locomotives) are silent.
[Part Ill. Apofeoz “victory”. At the end, provide a general solemn chord, accompanied by bursts and the bell ringing for 3 minutes. Ceremonial march.
“International” is repeated twice more on the signals during the final march. After the third (last) performance of the signal siren again all the common chord Gudkov Baku and districts (15).”

Arseny Avraamov, The Symphony of the Factory Sirens, Gorn magazine, 1923, vol.9. Illistration

Arseny Avraamov, The Symphony of the Factory Sirens, Gorn magazine, 1923, vol.9. Illistration

Samples of a reconstruction of Araamov’s Symphony of Sirens can be found on Juno.  Check out the first couple of tracks of Symphony Of Sirens: Sound Experiments In The Russian Avant Garde.

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