UNEARTHING THE MUSIC

SOUND AND CREATIVE EXPERIMENTATION IN NON-DEMOCRATIC EUROPE

About the project

Exploring adventurous music-making in the non-Democratic Europe of the 20th Century

This a collaborative project that looks to dive deeper into all things related to experimental music making and listening in the countries subject to dictatorial regimes in Europe between 1950 and 2000.

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Latest News

Find out all about the latest developments in the project 

Punk rock in Bulgaria 1979-2008 (Maciej Zurowski)

The following is an excerpt of a piece by Maciej Zurowski regarding the punk scene[…]

How Radio Belgrade’s EMS Synthi 100 was repaired (Svetlana Maraš)

Svetlana Maraš is a composer and sound artist from Serbia. Since 2016, she has been[…]

From Listening To Distribution: Nonofficial Music Practices In Hungary And Czechoslovakia From The 1960s To The 1980s

The following is an excerpt of the essay by Trever Hagen and Tia DeNora. You[…]

THE DATABASE

The UNEARTHING THE MUSIC database gathers music, photos, texts, interviews, videos, posters and other materials from countries all over Europe under non-Democratic regimes in the late 20th century.

ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

Interviews, essays, photographs, sheet music and much more.

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MUSIC

Studio and live recordings digitized and preserved for posterity.

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Our Team

UNEARTHING THE MUSIC unites five organizations from five different European countries in pursuit of the history and the stories of European experimental music

OUT.RA

Portugal

OUT.RA – Associação Cultural is the author and organizer of UNEARTHING THE MUSIC, and also organizes the OUT.FEST festival and regular concerts in the city of Barreiro, Portugal.

Skaņu Mežs

Latvia

Skaņu Mežs (Sound Forest) organizes the oldest and largest annual innovative music festival in the Baltic states, as well as sound art exhibitions and educational activities in Riga, Latvia.

MTA-BTK

Hungary

The MTA Research Centre for the Humanities has a rich history in the study of European culture and in conducting a wide range of highly relevant projects such as COURAGE and others.

Jumătatea plină

Romania

Jumătatea plină is a cultural organization which stages a diverse set of events in Bucharest, Romania from lectures, workshops and live concerts to sound installations, and most recently the Sound Week festival.

Radio Belgrade 3

Serbia

Part of the Radio Television of Serbia, Radio Belgrade 3 is a key figure in the promotion and dissemination of contemporary artistic practices in Serbia for the past 50 years. 

The UNEARTHING THE MUSIC project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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Do you or somebody you know have access to videos / photos / posters / music / flyers / essays / press clips / interviews / etc from experimental and avant-garde musicians and audiences in non-Democratic regimes in the later half of the 20th century? Help us build our online database! Get in touch using the form below: