Issyk Kul Highway

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  • GVGMFOS (literally: Great Voice Great Music Full of Sex) = pre-Г5—54 project that used analog synths with acoustic and mechanical musical instruments
  • Sasha Minchenko - electromechanical generators, live mixing, acoustic and electric feedback control
  • Alexey Yeliseev - bass, flute, vocalist voice live processing
  • Cover design: A. Evdokimova
  • Model: S. Tatevosian
  • Initially recorded in 2015
  • Mixed and mastered in 2023-2024
  • Recorded, mixed and mastered at Г5—54 Stronghouse
  • Cover Photo by Alexander Minchenko
  • Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial license 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)
  • released June 1, 2024

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  • Located in the central Aral Sea, Vozrozhdeniya Island was one of the main laboratories and testing sites for the Soviet Union's Microbiological Warfare Group. In 1948, a top-secret Soviet bioweapons laboratory was established here, which tested a variety of agents, including anthrax, smallpox, plague, brucellosis, and tularemia. In 1971, a release of weaponized smallpox from the island infected ten people, of whom 3 died.
  • In the 1990s, word of the island's danger was spread by Soviet defectors, including Ken Alibek, the former head of the Soviet Union's bioweapons program. It was here, according to recently released documents, that anthrax spores and bubonic plague bacilli were made into weapons and stored. The main town on the island was Kantubek, which lies in ruins today, but once had approximately 1,500 inhabitants.
  • The laboratory staff members abandoned the small island in 1992.Many of the containers holding the spores were not properly stored or destroyed, and over the last decade many of these containers have developed leaks.
  • In 2002, through a project organized and funded by the United States with Uzbekistan assistance, 10 anthrax burial sites were decontaminated.
  • *******
  • Truck Driver
  • There's a Truck Driver
  • down in old Tashkent
  • And he loves to listen
  • to that radio
  • Everywhere he goes
  • you can hear
  • that old radio
  • And they call him
  • the Radio Truck Driver
  • Refrain:
  • Truck Driver
  • Radio Truck Driver