Music: Electric Première

In the great hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the sober portraits of Bach, Mozart, Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven looked down on 1,600 music lovers, who in turn gazed expectantly at the stage. On the stage, seated at six instruments which looked like sewing machines with boxed-in superstructures, were six electrico-musical artists, all of scientific mien and all with electro-dynamic hair except one, who was as slick as a double-wrapped generator coil.

The artists delicately tuned their queer looking instruments to the note A from a piano. Then they played some of the eeriest,...

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