Tag: USSR

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 …

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 …

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 …

Martin Machovec interviewed by Anna Kukatova

Martin Machovec is a specialist in the Czech underground movement, with his academic interests embracing the Czech literary underground, samizdat texts and the works of Egon Bondy. This interview was recorded in his flat in Prague, 23.11.2015, by Anna Kukatova, who got in touch with us and generously allowed its publication.  Q – The underground …

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. …