Tag: Alexei Borisov

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Can Batukan – Soviet Punk and Post-Punk

A new, previously unpublished paper by Dr. Can Batukan, a researcher at the University of Normandy Rouen, France. Abstract: What do we know about the punk and post-punk practices in the USSR? Inside a zone where most of the material about punk was prohibited or unknown, what was the atmosphere like? What was the general …

МОЛОДОСТЬ / MOLODOST’

Molodost (translating as “Youth”) were a Moscow new-wave band active between 1985 and 1986. In late 1984 the band OTVETNY CHAI (“Reciprocal Tea”) was formed by Alexander Yakovlev (bass) and Andrey Romanov (guitar) in Moscow. In 1985 the vocalist Andrey Yakushin joined the band. The name changed to MOLODOST’. The band was quite active in …

Russian Electronic Music: People and Instruments

In this brand new text, our team member Alexei Borisov comprehensively recalls his upbringing in Moscow, heavily informed by the visits in the early 1970’s to the computation centre at the Moscow University, where his father worked. He talks about a rich and developing electronic music scene in the 1980’s and his ongoing project Notchnoi …

Alexei Borisov interviewed by Anna Ceeh

  Alexei Borisov, one of our core team members and legend of the soviet experimental scene, was interviewed by The Morning Line Festival in Vienna, prior to his performance at this event curated by TBA21. In the interview, made by Anna Ceeh in 2011, Borisov recalls, amongst other subjects, the openness felt in the USSR …

Notchnoi Prospekt on “Look or Sight”

Notchnoi Prospekt appeared on “Look or Sight”, a very popular TV Show in the late 80’s in the USSR. The occasion was the opening of a youth apartment cooperative called Atom, in the north east of Moscow – word has it that Michael Gorbachov was supposed to attend the occasion, though he was never seen. …