Tag: Hungary

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

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 …

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. …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Hungarian Rhapsody and Other Magyar Melodies (Chris Bohn)

In 1980, writing for the New Musical Express, Chris Bohn travelled to Czechoslovakia and Hungary in a “Journey through the Curtain to the Forbidden Zones of Eastern Rock”, and wrote a two-part piece called “Trans Europe Express”. This is the second part, dedicated to the Hungarian scene, and it was originally featured in NME’s 10th …

Balázs Kovács: Freedom is Mere Illusion – Experimental Music and Media Arts in Hungary (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 …