Eduard Nikolajewitsch Artemjew

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Eduard Nikolajewitsch Artemjew

Eduard Nikolajewitsch Artemjew ( Russian Эдуард Николаевич Артемьев ; born November 30, 1937 in Novosibirsk ), also known as Edward Artemiev , is a Russian composer and musician in the genre of electronic music and film music . Outside of Russia, he has made a name for himself primarily through soundtracks to well-known Russian films such as Solaris , Stalker and The Barber of Siberia .


Artemjew became interested in synthesizers and electronic music in the 1960s, shortly after studying composition at the Moscow Conservatory , when electronic music production was still in its infancy. Around 1967 he used one of the first synthesizer models in the world, the ANS synthesizer by the Soviet engineer and synthesizer pioneer Yevgeny Mursin . As a result, Artemjew not only became the first electronic musician in the former Soviet Union , but also - alongside artists such as Klaus Schulze and Florian Fricke - one of the pioneers of the genre. Artemjew achieved his fame primarily through his collaboration with the film director Andrei Tarkowski in the mid-1970s. The soundtracks to Tarkowski's masterpieces Solaris , Stalker and Der Spiegel also come from this period . As in his earlier works, Artemjew relied less or not at all on the melody, but on novel electronic sounds that gave his music a specific, atmospheric style that complemented the independent, "thoughtful" character of the Tarkowski films.

Since his collaboration with Tarkowski, Artemjew has mainly written film music, including for films by directors such as Andrei Konchalowski and Nikita Michalkow . Some of the soundtracks were released on CD on the Russian record label Electroshock Records by Eduard Artemjev's son Artemi , who is also an electronic composer. In Russia, Eduard Artemjew has received several awards for his film compositions, including the Nika Film Prize three times .

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