The X-Ray Audio documentary ROENTGENIZDAT is currently showing at film festivals.  To watch the trailer go HERE.  

At TED in Krakow in June 2015, Stephen Coates presented the X-Ray Audio project, telling the story of the Soviet bootleggers and asking e questions: "What would you risk to listen to music?"

ROENTGENIZDAT - 'The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone' "Leningrad 1946, the Cold War: All culture is subject to the brutal control of a totalitarian state censor. But music-mad bootleggers devise an incredible and risky way to listen to and share the music they love, copying forbidden songs onto used X-ray film and creating their own records.." It features interviews with Soviet era x-ray Bootleggers, musicians Marc Almond and Stephen Coates and extraordinary archive footage telling the story of one of the strangest eras in vinyl, music, forbidden culture and cold war history. An award winning documentary by Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield

In an historic X-Ray Audio event at London's The Horse Hospital, we made new x-ray records form pa performance by Lydia Kavina of the Theremin family and probably the best thereminist in the world to 

London Film maker Michal Dzierza has made this super short about the project shot in London's The Horse Hospital inside the X-Ray Audio exhibition we held there in January.

Here is a film clip made by Paul Heartfield of one of an original recording lathe used to make Bone records on X-Ray plates in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  

In January 2015 during the X-Ray Audio exhibition at London's The Horse Hospital, we cut a new x-ray record from a live performance of an old Russian song