X-Ray Audio East End Film Festival Temple at Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel 3 July 2015, 7.30PM Cold War Russia: the recording industry is completely state controlled, but music-mad bootleggers risk imprisonment with an extraordinary means of reproduction. They cut forbidden jazz, rock ’n’ roll and banned Russian music onto used X-ray plates, creating ghostly records with images of the interiors of Soviet citizens. The lines between legal, illegal, official, unofficial, outright bootlegs and pirate records were grey, so it is often impossible to tell the status of particular record- even when the music on a disc is accurately represented by the titles written on the disc. Author, composer and musician Stephen Coates presents this incredible story of bootleg technology, Cold War culture and human endeavour. In a unique event, he and sound artist Aleks Kolkowski will explain the magical process of recording onto various discs and provide a live demonstration of cutting music onto a new X-ray. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Stephen came across the X-ray audio project when travelling to Russia to perform as The Real Tuesday Weld. In a time when songs can be copied in an instant and when streaming services provide virtually infinite choice and access, X-Ray Audio provides a poignant reminder of the immense cultural value of music and the extraordinary lengths people to which people will go to listen to what they love. Fellow early recording enthusiast Aleks was the 2013 artist in residence at London’s Science Museum, and also performs with wax cylinder recordings. To buy tickets, click here.