SAT 24 Feb | Film 5.30pm | Concert 8pm

Corpora Aliena at IKLECTIK : Elektro Moskva (film) + Alexei Borisov / Phil Durrant / Eden Grey / Laura Netz

 24 February 2018 | Film 5.30pm (doors 5pm) | Concert 8pm (doors 7.30pm)

 Film £5  | Concert £10 | Film + Concert £12 | BUY TICKETS 


Elektro Moskva  (Electro Moscow) (2013)  directed by Dominik Spritzendorfer and  Elena Tikhonova 

Elektro Moskva tells the strange but true story of the evolution of electronic music against a backdrop of revolutionary politics, social upheaval, and totalitarian control.
From the invention of the world’s first electronic instrument by Leon Theremin in 1928, to avant-garde musicians of the 1970s scavenging contraband parts from KGB spying equipment, to modern day circuit-benders in cramped Moscow flats turning discarded toys into bizarre instruments, Elektro Moskva chronicles almost a century of freethinking musicians, artists, and inventors who turned the economic hardships of the Soviet system into some of the strangest and most mind-expanding sounds and instruments ever devised.
This documentary by Elena Tikhonova and Dominik Spritzendorfer provides nothing less than the first concise analysis of Russian electronic music from the early 1910s to the present, and is much more than just a music film: Embedded in discourses about everyday matters, technology and philosophy, Elektro Moskva portrays these musical experiments as an allegory for sociopolitical terrain that has remained unexplored until now.


For its debut event Corpora Aliena is proud to present the Russian experimental music pioneer Alex Borisov, who will be giving a live performance using noise, free improvisation, field recordings and the spoken word.

Based on the theme of  ‘objects and things’ –  the evening brings together leading musicians who work with analogue music technologies and object-based D.I.Y and self-made instruments.

One of the aims of Corpora Aliena is to work with artists from the international community, and joining Borisov for the evening are Phil Durrant (UK), Eden Grey (U.S.A) and Laura Netz (Spain).

Alexei Borisov

Alexei Borisov

musician, composer, sound artist, event organiser, journalist.

Born 1960 in Moscow. Started his music career in late 70s, playing with local new-wave/post-punk, electro-pop and industrial bands (The Centre, The Prospekt, Notchnoi Prospekt, Alexey Tegin group). In late 80s-early 90s he moved to more experimental sounds, mixing noise, free improvisation, field recordings, spoken word, techno, traditional, contemporary music, sound tracks etc….

He collaborates with many Russian and international musicians, projects, artists, dance and theatre companies. Participated solo and with different projects at many international festivals (Sonar (Barcelona), Avanto (Helsinki), Phonotaktik (Vienna), CTM (Berlin), The Morning Line (Vienna), Mutek (Montreal), FIMAV (Victoriaville, Canada), Sonic Protest (Paris), Sonic Circuits (Washington DC), Interpretations (NYC), Unsound (Krakow), SKIF (St.Petersburg), Geometry Of Now (Moscow), MENT (Ljubljana) and many others), tours in Europe, North America and China. His discography contains more than 100 albums and compilations, released in Russia and other countries.

Since 2003 he curates annual festival of experimental music “Noise and Fury” for The DOM Cultural Centre in Moscow.

During the 80-2000s Borisov worked for different radio stations in USSR and Russia, wrote for life style and music magazines and websites in Russia and abroad.

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Phil Durrant

Born near London in 1957, Phil Durrant is an improviser/composer/sound artist who has devised his own virtual performance instruments using Reaktor. Recently, he has been performing solo and duo concerts  with Phil Maguire, Bill Thompson, Mark Sanders and trio concerts with Mark Wastell and Richard Sanderson, using an analogue/digital modular synthesiser system.

As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the ‘group voice approach’ style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more ‘reductionist’ approach.

Durrant’s exploration in the use of live electronics to expand the timbre of the violin, evolved into the creation and building of self-made virtual instruments. His live sampling/treatments duo with John Butcher and his work MIMEO, saw Durrant move from the use of hardware to the use of software in live situations. He has always been keen to transfer the flexibility of playing an acoustic instrument, into his laptop performances.

Durrant also performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The Seen. In addition, he is an Associate Lecturer at Southampton Solent University.

Phil Durrant has also collaborated and composed site-specific music for a wide variety of choreographers, including Maxine Doyle, Susanne Thomas, and Gill Clarke.

Eden Grey


















Eden Grey

Eden Grey is an experimental music composer and performer from Miami, US, creating a collection of cross-genre works in the studio. She has been performing her music live and releasing albums since 2008. Her passion for synthesis research developed while earning her Masters’ degree in music technology at Florida International University. She was classically trained on the piano in her youth and has worked with the modular synthesizer since 2013. She is now a 3rd year PhD researcher in music composition at Royal Holloway, University of London and actively curating an ongoing series of modular synthesis meet and showcase events in London called CV FREQS.



Laura Netz

Laura Netz

Laura Netz’s performance consists of D.I.Y. circuits: Oscillators made by LDR, Solar Cells, and Schmitt Triggers, which react to light Sources (Lamps, Strobes) . The performance uses also electromagnetic field detectors and induction coils. The artist uses optoelectronic oscillators which produce a repetitively modulated wave that could be a sine-wave or square-wave. The light sources control the circuits modulating the signal, in other words, the light triggers sonic signals. In a sound/light integration, the modulation of tone activates an interactive system based on D.I.Y circuitry. It is a self-generated sonic machine creating a syncopated, high-pitched, noisy beep. Moreover, the field emanated from the Light Electromagnetic Pulse (LEMP) creates interferences captured by the induction coils making audible the electromagnetic field.