Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Roentgenizdat or X-ray pressed records are audio tracks imprinted on to discarded x-ray plates. Quite popular in 1950s Russia, when underground music lovers listened to banned Western hits on them. Western music was largely banned in the USSR, and so...

Roentgenizdat or X-ray pressed records are audio tracks imprinted on to discarded x-ray plates. Quite popular in 1950s Russia, when underground music lovers listened to banned Western hits on them. Western music was largely banned in the USSR, and so pop music lovers had to copy smuggled records themselves, using very basic equipment. In place of expensive vinyl, they discovered that old X-ray film, liberated from hospital dumpsters, worked well enough, and thus roentgenizdat were born.

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