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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Soviet Union's Only EMS Synthi 100 and Ukrainian Composer Vadim Khrapatchev


This one in via Alex Mylnikov.

Baran Records has a story about the one and only Soviet Union's EMS SYNTHI 100, and Ukrainian composer Vadim Khrapatchev. You can find two of his compositions featuring the EMS SYNTHI 100 at the bottom of this post.

For the full story, head over to Baran Records. The following is just the introduction.

"Nearly a decade ago some serious Russian synth music communities on the web rediscovered a couple of electronic themes from the music score to the soviet drama «Flights in dreams and reality», which appeared on the screens back in 1983. One of them, often named as "dance at the sculptor's party" after a corresponding movie scene, was of particular interest due to its rather simple but memorable space tune with a pulsating disco beat.

Since the soundtrack was too diverse, including different genres like jazz, orchestral pieces, electronic music and pop songs, there were doubts that it could be written entirely by a single person. This led to various theories, e.g. some listeners said that it could be an unknown performer covering certain unidentified themes by Edouard Artemiev or Vangelis, while others stated that one should just look into the movie's titles for the composer's name — Vadim Khrapatchev. Besides, there were thoughts that these compositions could be recorded using the legendary EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer, the one and only existing unit in Soviet Union at that time.

This last assumption was pretty close to the truth but any other information still remained unconfirmed and up to now all attempts of contacting the author for any clarification failed. However this summer we were lucky enough to get in touch with the composer in Kiev, Ukraine and we are incredibly happy to reveal some details about these two electronic gems as well as present them on this lovely 7" record."

Вадим Храпачёв — Танец (1982)

Published on Dec 28, 2016 Maxim Løy

"«Танец» (The Dance) — an epic Synthi 100 disco action by Ukraine's most notable film composer. Music for the soviet drama «Полёты во сне и наяву» (Flights In Dreams And Reality), directed by Roman Balayan. Both tracks were recorded and performed on the legendary EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer in Moscow on 15-16th of April, 1982. Written and composed by Vadim Khrapatchev. Guitar by Yuriy Bogdanov. More information on this release available at http://www.baranrecords.com"

Вадим Храпачёв — Финал (1982)

Published on Jan 9, 2017 Maxim Løy

"«Финал» (The Finale) — an opening and ending titles soundtrack for the soviet drama «Полёты во сне и наяву» (Flights In Dreams And Reality) directed by Roman Balayan and released in 1983. Both tracks were recorded and performed on the legendary EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer in Moscow on 15-16th of April, 1982. Written and composed by Vadim Khrapatchev. Features samples from the state symphonic orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Fedor Gluschenko. More information on this release available at http://www.baranrecords.com"

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