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

INDUSTRIAL DISEASE – Russian industrial noise: Pioneers, youth league and party members (The Wire)

In 2001, The Wire magazine published an extensive article by Anton Nikkila in which he analysed late soviet and post-perestroika experimental musicians’ relationships with totalitarianism, from Sergei Kuryokhin’s legacy to acts live AVIA or ZGA. This is a revised version of the original article with a foreword written in 2006, and its the first in …

Ian MacDonald: Raging Silence (The Wire)

RAGING SILENCE by IAN MACDONALD (Originally published on The Wire #190/191, December 1999 / January 2000) During the late 80s, glasnost revealed a secret tradition of hidden meaning in Soviet music. Concepts like ‘shadow writing’, ‘writing between the lines’, ‘giving voice’ and so on became known outside the USSR. In the 1990 BBC2 series Think …

Mike Zwerin: “Siberia – Out Of The Very Cool” (The Wire)

SIBERIA – OUT OF THE VERY COOL Vodka and Friendly Bars In Gold Valley  location report by mike zwerin (Originally published on The Wire #54, August 1988)   WHEN PAT Metheny toured the Soviet Union last year, he went where he liked, spoke to whomever he wanted and said he was “almost disappointed by the …

Moscow-1980’s. A self-interview on Russian ‘new wave’ culture and related phenomena

Dmitry Matsenov was one of the key figures in the Moscow rock scene in the 1980’s. In this “self-interview” for Unearthing the Music he discusses the beginnings of ‘Prospekt’, the band he founded with Alexei Borisov and which came to be the basis for ‘Notchnoi Prospekt’, as well as the social and cultural climate in …

Miklós Dolinszky interviews László Hortobágyi (April 2003)

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 …

Michal Rataj – Radio Art (Sound Exchange)

Sound Exchange was a project by DOCK e.V. and the Goethe-Institut which sought to shed light on experimental music making in Central and Eastern Europe from 1950 to 2010. Alongside the organization of events connected to music festivals in seven different countries, between 2011 and 2012, the project produced a rich anthology of texts and …

Miloš Vojtěchovský: The Provincial Cradle of Modernity – Intermedia art in Czechoslovakia (Sound Exchange)

Sound Exchange was a project by DOCK e.V. and the Goethe-Institut which sought to shed light on experimental music making in Central and Eastern Europe from 1950 to 2010. Alongside the organization of events connected to music festivals in seven different countries, between 2011 and 2012, the project produced a rich anthology of texts and …

László Hortobágyi – “Transreplica Meccano”

Hungarian composer and musicologist László Hortobágyi took his first expedition to North-India for making recordings on the spot, studying philological-musicological sources, archives, libraries and pursuing practical studies. As a child László fantasised about interacting with otherworldly muses and imploring them for the hope and guidance he yearned to escape the intellectual barrenness of his surroundings. …

AG Geige – Yachtclub + Buchteln (klangFarBe)

Frank Bretschneider is a Berlin-based musician, composer and video artist, known for his “precise sound placement, complex, interwoven rhythm structures and its minimal, flowing approach” (Resident Advisor). While best known for being one of the founders of Raster-Noton, one of today’s best regarded experimental electronic music labels, Bretschneider was also the founder of the now extinct klangFarBe label, …

Noise Attack – I & II (CSIndustrial 1982 – 2010)

Originally released in 1989 (the year of the Czechoslovakian Gentle / Velvet Revolution) by Rumple Radar Cassettes, the two NOISE ATTACK tapes (I and II) are an “art brut” influenced, experimental foray into noise and sound manipulation (particularly of radio sounds), created by Johnny Černý and dedicated to fellow noise / industrial musician Martin Jarolím (Einleitungszeit, …