Symphony of Sirens: Sound Art and Performance

Symphony of Sirens: A performative experiment in sound

In 1922, avant-garde composer and music theorist, Arseny Avraamov debuted his masterpiece, Гудковая симфония, “Symphony of Factory Sirens,” better known as the “Symphony of Sirens.” He orchestrated this half an hour-long sound experiment in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan for the fifth anniversary of the October Revolution. This piece was performed across a great expanse of the city by way of multiple conductors, simultaneously directing various sirens, automobile horns, cannons, guns, airplanes and massive bands and choirs. The conductors were elevated on tall podiums with pistols and torches to direct, in different locations across the city.

The link here is a reproduction of what this piece would have sounded like.