"I remember exactly where I was when I was first exposed to Vyacheslav Mescherin's tunes. I was at a dinner party and the host handed me the sleeve with a glint in her eye. She thought I might quite like it. The insinuation was that none of the other guests would. She was right."
Nine years ago, comedian and poet Tim Key was given a copy of a CD entitled Easy USSR Vol. 2. One car journey to Devon and four consecutive listens later, and he was hooked. The strange yet catchy sounds of Vyacheslav Mescherin's Ensemble of Electronic Musical Instruments have underscored his life and his work ever since. On stage and on the radio, Mescherin's music lies beneath him like a crashmat.
With very little information available about Mescherin, Tim sets out to find out more about the man.
But what of the rumours that Mescherin's sounds were blasted into space? And will Tim be able to find more of the music he craves?
Producer: Peggy Sutton
Tim Key explores the strange sounds that became the Soviet soundtrack to the space race.