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UNEARTHING THE MUSIC: Sound and Creative Experimentation in Non-democratic Europe

Punk rock in Bulgaria 1979-2008 (Maciej Zurowski)

The following is an excerpt of a piece by Maciej Zurowski regarding the punk scene in Bulgaria between 1979 and 2008. You can find out more about the autor by visiting his website, and read the full piece in the UNEARTHING THE MUSIC database.   Punk rock didn’t have it easy in socialist Bulgaria, a country …

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 the composer-in-residence at Radio Belgrade’s Electronic studio where she organizes a wide range of activities. For more information visit: www.svetlanamaras.com   How Radio Belgrade’s EMS Synthi 100 was repaired or An unusual set of circumstances   I was invited to …

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 can read the rest of this essay on the UNEARTHING THE MUSIC database by clicking here. Introduction This chapter presents an empirical case study of the wide variety of nonofficial settings and reinventions of music listening, recording, and distribution technology …

Anton Nikkila Interviewed at OUT.FEST 2018

The following is the abridged version of an interview conducted by the UNEARTHING THE MUSIC team before Anton Nikkilä‘s presentation of his “Literal Translations” performance at OUT.FEST 2018. You were in Moscow in the 80s. Can you tell us about how you got there and how the music scene was there at the time? Who were …

Vladimir Tarasov Interview

The following is an excerpt of an interview conducted by the UNEARTHING THE MUSIC team before Vladimir Tarasov’s presentation of his “Thinking of Khlebnikov” performance at OUT.FEST 2018. You can read the full interview in our database here.   You were part of the Ganelin Trio, who were active in the Soviet Union. What was the …

Artpool Radio

Artpool Radio, was a series of eight cassette tapes initiated in 1983 by György Galántai and distributed abroad through his mail art networks. A mix of interviews and conversations as well as music and documentation of concerts, and sound art, Artpool Radio demonstrates the close connections between visual artists and musicians in Budapest at the time. …

Flao YG

Milan Guštar (11 August 1963 in Kolín, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic) is an organologist, composer, computer programmer, and designer of electronic, electroacoustic, multimedia, and interactive systems. Guštar’s interest in music is both practical and theoretical. He focuses on interdisciplinary research bordering between science, technology and the arts: primarily mathematical principles in music, electronics, electroacoustics, information …

Uncovering the Soul of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio

The temporary liberalisation of life in Poland in October, 1956, brought with it the establishment of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio. The event was no less than a phenomenon for this part of Europe. Ahead of Stockholm and many other centres of music which would establish electronic workshops in the 60s, Poland became an outpost …

László Hortobágyi – “Sygnus Synth Season” (1975-1978)

Hungarian musician and musicologist László Hortobágyi was born in 1950 in Budapest, where he still resides today. An explorer and scholar of music and sounds from all over the world, he first visited North India in 1967 in order to learn instruments such as the rudra-vina, sitar, surbahar and the tabla, but also to record music …

David Thomas: Back in the USSR (The Wire)

David Thomas: Back in the USSR Pere Ubu’s David Thomas travels across the republics of the former Soviet Union, to uncover the effects of glasnost and Western Values on the underground pop scene. (Originally published on The Wire #109, March 1993)   The town of Kyzyl is located on the south bank of the Yenisei …