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

Abteilung Des Intensive Sorge In Der Bewusstlosigkeit (CSIndustrial 1982 – 2010)

  Abteilung Des Intensive Sorge was one of Jaroslav Palát’s many ventures into experimental and industrial music, which included projects like Disharmonic Ballet, Quarantaine and Suicidal Meditations.  The “Abteilung Des Intensive Sorge In Der Bewusstlosigkeit” (English: Department Of Intensive Care – In Unconsciousness) album was released in 1988 and was the last of the three …

Martin Flašar: The East of the West (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 …

180 CSOPORT – GROUP 180

Group 180 (180-as Csoport in Hungarian) was a Hungarian ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music, active from 1978 until 1990. The group achieved recognition for their performances and recordings of contemporary music, and its membership included several young Hungarian composers (among them László Melis and Tibor Szemző), whose works formed an important part …

Pavel Klusák: Asylum Zone – A Czechoslovakian Soundtrack (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 …

STEIN im BRETT – “Vater ALFONS erzählt” (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, …

Ziemia Mindel Würm

The highly ritualised and many hours-long actions of the duo formed by Marek Rogulski and Piotr Wyrzykowski were designed to be a liberation from civilising codes and habits. Combing the names of geological time periods (Mindel and Würm), the group’s name was supposed to evoke an archaic context. The duo searched for the hidden forces …

“Polish Radio Experimental Studios: Contemporary Reworkings” – a BÔLT RECORDS playlist

Bôłt Records is a Polish label founded in 2008 as a medium for experimental music practices in Eastern Europe. It has been generating phonographic renaissance for long forgotten or never even discovered phenomena of the epoch of pioneer electroacoustic studios and radio art, inspiring the recent expansions of these ideas in cooperation with artists of …

Grupa w Składzie

Grupa w Składzie — the ephemeral group of the Polish experimental music scene. It is known as one of the first hippie bands in Poland, but it should rather be appreciated for the role it played on the Polish art scene during the 70s. Founded ca. 1970/71 in Warsaw, the group was associated with conceptual …

HUDBA 85: A snapshot of the Czechoslovak New Wave

The film Hudba 85 (Music 85) captures the nascent post-punk and New Wave scene in former Czechoslovakia, which was targeted by state-sanctioned media and other actors of the regime (though the bands, in comparison to let’s say the Plastic People of the Universe, were hovering on the margins of legality). Shot on 16mm film by …

Heinz & Franz – Alle Aufnahmen (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, …