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Российская музыкальная оккультура: исследовательский эскиз

The article applies the occulture theory by the British religion scientist C. Patridge to the realities of music culture. For this purpose, several forms of music occulture are defined; they exploit the sub/ jects of easternisation, nativism, and ecologism, as well as the types of musicians playing with its images: adept, commercial project, and bricoleur. An adept is a musician who represents a particular esoteric teaching; a commercial project is a musician or a group working in the genre or style that was aesthetically shaped by occulture, in this case their exploiting of occulture is of a purely commercial nature. A bricoleur is a musician who plays around with occulture themes, and puts their own creative vision in the first place, in other words, composes their piece of music with the occulture material at hand. This scheme is projected onto the modern Russian music culture, considering examples of all types of occulture influence in Russian music and demonstrates the heuristic nature of the occulture theory for its analysis. The adept type of musician is analysed drawing on the example of the Russian Rod/ novery movement, represented by groups like “Butterfly Temple”, “Svarga”, “Alkonost”, “Arkona”, and “Tverd”. This type also includes musicians who were strongly influenced by the Soviet esoteric underground (A. F. Sklyar, V. Shumov, S. Kuryokhin). The specifics of commercial projects is shown in the study by the groups “Aria”, “Knyazz” and festival culture. Bricoleurs’ music is analysed through B. Grebenshchikov, S. Kalugin, R. Anchevskaya and P. Korolenko. The author draws a conclusion that Russian musical culture largely follows the principles that were laid in the west and, similar to western culture, exploits occulture themes, but acquires its orig/ inal features in the music of bricoleurs.