Alexei Kudrin

Alexei Kudrin

Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation


Born on October 12, 1960 in Dobele, Latvia (USSR).

In 1983 graduated from the Economics Department of the Leningrad State University. In 1988 received the academic degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences.

In 1983-1990 worked at the Institute of Social and Economic Problems of the USSR Academy of Sciences.

In 1990 he began working as the Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Economic Reform of the Executive Committee of Leningrad. In 1993-1996 – Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg, Chairman of the Committee for Economy and Finances.

In August 1996 Alexey Kudrin was appointed Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, Head of the Control Department.

In March 1997 he was appointed First Deputy Finance Minister of the Russian Federation.

In January-June 1999 worked as the First Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Unified Energy Systems” Company (RAO UES).

In June 1999 reappointed First Deputy Finance Minister. Since May 2000- Deputy Prime-Minister and Finance Minister. Resigned from the Government in September 2011.

Alexey Kudrin was named “Finance Minister of the Year 2004” by the Banker magazine and “Finance Minister of the Year 2010” by the Euromoney magazine. In 2005 was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland.

At present Alexey Kudrin is the Dean of the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University.

Professor, author of more than 30 scientific works on economics and finance.

Kudrin was previously a member of the 21st Century Council and The WorldPost Advisory Council.

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.