To commemorate Eduard Srapionov, Dom Radio’s spaces will host an interactive installation of Papa Srapa’s handmade synthesizers, a screening of a film about the Russian underground scene of the 2010s, a specially created dance performance, as well as performances by modern representatives of the noise and performative Russian scene. Dom Radio will present to the audience a multi-dimensional portrait of Eduard Srapionov, an engineer, musician and a man who influenced several generations of Russian underground noise artists. All funds raised from ticket sales will be spent on vinyl release: the release of the Papa Srapa project recording made in November 2021 at the DIY studio in Kratovo will be our offering to the memory of this artist.
Eduard Srapionov (Papa Srapa) is an engineer from Rostov, inventor of noise synthesizers, archaeologist of the Russian language, performer.
Papa Srapa, who died at the end of February 2022, was a legend of the Russian musical underground. Back in the 1980s, he was nicknamed “the first DJ of the Soviet Union” for experimenting with vinyl records, which he cut, glued, bent and boiled. Later, in the 21st century, he was famed for his hand-assembled synthesizers: soldered from random components, they worked on non-obvious principles and generated unpredictable sounds. His performances mixed aggressive noise sound, cigarettes, alcohol and physical theatre. His nonconforming lifestyle has become an example of freedom from any conventions for many figures of the Russian electronic scene.