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Old 6th July 2019, 05:46 PM   #1
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I've always been interested in Russia, ever since the USSR. Indeed my Son is married to a Russian girl.
I read the propaganda, both for and against. There is an interesting article in the Moscow Times - which is an external west-leaning publication. Nevertheless it is sometimes a spy-glass into Russian contemporary history.

The article in question is about a method of distributing western music by means of used x-ray film. It's a fascinating read, though short on the technical detail that most of us would like to know.
Maybe some of our post-soviet members can contribute some knowledge.
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Old 6th July 2019, 06:14 PM   #2
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Don't know anything about that but I have a russian/soviet pressing of The Stooges 'Fun House'.

Either way I remember back in the 80s there was this Latvian guy who recorded Swedish radio, got into hiphop and techno and eventually learned to scratch on RtRs instead of turntables.
He released a single under the name East Bam, I think I've got it somewhere.
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Old 6th July 2019, 06:28 PM   #3
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It must be direct to disk recording with a cutting head and using the X Ray sheet as "vinyl".

Which then can be played back in any regular cartridge/turntable combination.

A similar technique was popular in the 50s and early 60s, you paid a couple bucks at a back room "studio" and went home with something Mom could play and be proud of.

FWIW Elvis, Beatles and many other artists recorded similar ones .

Single copy only, those records cant be mass produced.

Standard Vynil also starts by direct recording a master disc, but it then is copied into a metal plate which is used to inject the commercial ones by the thousands.

I can easily imagine inventive Russians making some DIY recorder and using X Ray film as a cheap/free media, but guess surface must be veryb rough so unbearable noise.
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What is RtRs?
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Reel to Reel tape recorders.

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Sandra was allowed and loved in Ussr. I guess someone in the higher ranks aso loved her
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Reel to Reel tape recorders. ...
Thanks 6L6. Despite 30 years in broadcasting and working on many R2R, I never saw that abbreviation.
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Normally R-R.

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I grew up in Moscow in late 1970s and 1980s and there were no recordings on X-ray films that time- we were far past this, being able to get original Western music on LPs.

One could officially buy some Soviet pressings manufactured by license or get them, as well as original Western LPs, at the black market. Many teenagers and young adults had tape recorders, both R2R and cassette, and exchanged music this way.

After Soviet Union fell, many more LP licences of cult Western groups such as Queen became available.
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We had flexi discs in capitalistic countries, didn't we? Mainly promos in magazines. As thin but not direct cut.
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