Andrei Smirnov

Andrei Smirnov

Real Name:
Андрей Иванович Смирнов
Andrey Smirnov (b. 1956) is a Russian interdisciplinary artist, electronic music composer and researcher, founding director of the Theremin Center in Moscow (1992–2012) and leader of Moscow Laptop Cyber Orchestra. Smirnov works as a Senior Lecturer at the Moscow Conservatory and Professor at the Rodchenko School for Photography and Multimedia. He also read lectures at various Russian universities, including Acousmatics and Interaction course at the Pro Arte Institute in St.Petersburg and Sound Design course at the Moscow University for Psychology and Education.

Since 1976, Andrey Smirnov has been conducting research and developing new technology in electronic music, physical computing, gestural interfaces, hardware/software sensors. He is particularly interested in designing HCI systems and studying complex relationships between the performer's actions and their interpretation via non-linear custom software. In 1978-1981, Smirnov developed modules for experimental synthesizer at the Laboratory for Musical Acoustics at the Moscow Conservatory. He founded one of the first private companies in Russia manufacturing electronic music equipment, and won the silver medal at the Exhibition of National Achievements for his Studio-1 synthesizer (Moscow, 1981).

In 1992, he founded the Theremin Center for Electro-Acoustic Music and Multimedia. Smirnov conducted workshops and gave lectures at various institutions around the world, including Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Bregman Digital Music Studio, Berklee College Of Music, TIMARA Department at The Oberlin Conservatory Of Music, Ithaca College, Princeton University and University Of Illinois Experimental Music Studios (USA), Sibelius-Akatemia (Helsinki), Steim (Amsterdam), Musik-Akademie Basel (Switzerland), Podewil, Berlin and Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Germany), Conservatorio di Milano (Italy), Elektronmusikstudion (Stockholm), and Institut für Elektroakustik der Musikhochschule Wien (Austria).

His compositions for computer-processed and generated sound had been commissioned for variety of media, including radio-theatre, multimedia and dance. Smirnov created interactive brain-wave biofeedback, laser monitoring and t-sensor systems, directed Vetro-Touchless (2005), Windowpane Theremin (2006) and numerous other sound art installations and performances.

Smirnov has an extensive and unique collection of early electronic instruments and archival materials, documenting the history of Soviet audio computing and music technology in the beginning of the XX century.
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Andrei Smirnov Discography Tracks


SLR 0044 Various Mrs. Lenin Various - Mrs. Lenin (Electro-Acoustic Music From The Theremin Center)(CD, Comp) SoLyd Records SLR 0044 Russia 1995 Sell This Version