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

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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. … Continue reading László Hortobágyi – “Transreplica Meccano”

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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, … Continue reading AG Geige – Yachtclub + Buchteln (klangFarBe)

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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, … Continue reading Noise Attack – I & II (CSIndustrial 1982 – 2010)

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

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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 … Continue reading Martin Flašar: The East of the West (Sound Exchange)

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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 … Continue reading 180 CSOPORT – GROUP 180

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Pavel Klusák: Asylum Zone – A Czechoslovakian Soundtrack

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 … Continue reading Pavel Klusák: Asylum Zone – A Czechoslovakian Soundtrack

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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, … Continue reading STEIN im BRETT – “Vater ALFONS erzählt” (klangFarBe)

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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 … Continue reading Ziemia Mindel Würm

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

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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 … Continue reading Grupa w Składzie

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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 … Continue reading HUDBA 85: A snapshot of the Czechoslovak New Wave

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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, … Continue reading Heinz & Franz – Alle Aufnahmen (klangFarBe)

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Monika Pasiecznik: Electroacoustic Music in Poland (1957–1990) (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 … Continue reading Monika Pasiecznik: Electroacoustic Music in Poland (1957–1990) (Sound Exchange)

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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 … Continue reading Hungarian Rhapsody and Other Magyar Melodies (Chris Bohn)

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In a Musical No Man’s Land – Unheard-of Productions on the Fringes of Rock Culture (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 … Continue reading In a Musical No Man’s Land – Unheard-of Productions on the Fringes of Rock Culture (Sound Exchange)

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Quarantaine – “The Strategy of the Cross Cut-Up Piano” EP (CSIndustrial 1982 – 2010)

QUARANTAINE was an ephemerous collaboration between Jaroslav Palat and Slavek Kwi, active in the early 80ties in Prague, former Czechoslovakia. “The Strategy of the Cross Cut-Up Piano” was recorded in Prague in 9th November 1985, and originally “self-published” on Kwi’s own “On The Way To The Second Sun” cassette in 1985. As with other Quarantaine … Continue reading Quarantaine – “The Strategy of the Cross Cut-Up Piano” EP (CSIndustrial 1982 – 2010)

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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 … Continue reading Can Batukan – Soviet Punk and Post-Punk

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Avant-garde Trends in Latvian Music, 1970s–1990s (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 … Continue reading Avant-garde Trends in Latvian Music, 1970s–1990s (Sound Exchange)

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Mama Bubo Interview (Jupiter08)

The Prague-based label Endless Illusion’s second release of their Jupiter08 project (dedicated to music made in Czechoslovakia during the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic) is Máma Bubo’s electronic classic “Planeta Haj”. Read on below to find out more about the band and the Jupiter08 project.  Mama Bubo – Planeta Haj (2017 Reissue) [JUP002] by Endless Illusion   There are … Continue reading Mama Bubo Interview (Jupiter08)

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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 … Continue reading МОЛОДОСТЬ / MOLODOST’

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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 … Continue reading Balázs Kovács: Freedom is Mere Illusion – Experimental Music and Media Arts in Hungary (Sound Exchange)

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Czechmate: The Frustrations of Sharing a Party Line (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 first part, dedicated to the Czech scene, and it was originally featured in NME’s 10th … Continue reading Czechmate: The Frustrations of Sharing a Party Line (Chris Bohn)

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AG Geige – Trickbeat (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, … Continue reading AG Geige – Trickbeat (klangFarBe)

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“Organized Sound and Experiments in Slovak Music” by Slávo Krekovič (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 … Continue reading “Organized Sound and Experiments in Slovak Music” by Slávo Krekovič (Sound Exchange)

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Keiko Yoshida – Report from 1987

Re: The Great Seal According to my old Japanese passport I was in Poland from 25 March to 3 April 1987. That was 30 years ago and two years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. With this passport I could travel everywhere apart from North Korea. On 29 November the same year, 115 passengers … Continue reading Keiko Yoshida – Report from 1987

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Experimental Studio Bratislava: An interview with Juraj Ďuriš

Experimental Studio Bratislava: An interview with Juraj Ďuriš By: Zuzana Husárová Published on: October 2013 Abridged version translated by Lucia Udvardyova   From the perspective of the development of electroacoustic music in Slovakia, 1965 can be considered as a breakthrough year. It was then that a centre officially designated as the electroacoustic studio under the … Continue reading Experimental Studio Bratislava: An interview with Juraj Ďuriš

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On a New Wave – Piotr Rypson

First published in 1981, Post was a self-published fanzine which accompanied the emergence of punk in Poland. It was created by Henryk Gajewski who ran the Riviera-Remont Gallery in Warsaw and Piotr Rypson, the manager of new wave band Tilt. Articles were laid out on the page in the lively cut and paste manner of … Continue reading On a New Wave – Piotr Rypson

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Russian Rock Underground (Peter Vronsky)

“Russian Rock Underground” is a 30min documentary directed by Peter Vronsky, shot in Moscow and St. Petersburg between January and February 1988. Featuring bands like Aquarium, Televizor, Marquisa, Auction, Nebo i Zemlya and Zvuki Mu, it shows some of the contradictions and conflicts still happening at the final stages of the “Perestroika”. Thanks to Peter … Continue reading Russian Rock Underground (Peter Vronsky)

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“Media-Based Music in Estonia” (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 … Continue reading “Media-Based Music in Estonia” (Sound Exchange)

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KWI – Blue ReReverie (CSIndustrial 1982-2010)

Slavek Kwi is a sound-artist, composer and researcher interested in the phenomena of perception as the fundamental determinant of relations with reality. Born in former Czechoslovakia, he began his work as a visually-based artist, and then became increasingly interested in sound and space using natural acoustics, found sound, recorded sound and computer generated sound structures. Blue … Continue reading KWI – Blue ReReverie (CSIndustrial 1982-2010)

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Hues of Independence

This article, written by Daniel Muzyczuk, explores the meaning of the underground and its role in Democratic opposition in  the Eastern Bloc, focusing particularly on Czech, Polish, Hungarian and East-German examples. Translated by Marcin Wawrzyńczak. Previously published in David Crowley, Daniel Muzyczuk eds. Notes From the Underground (Łódź: Muzeum Sztuki, 2016). In his insightful study … Continue reading Hues of Independence

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M.I.O.S. – Live at Festival of Industrial Music, Prague 1989 (CS Industrial 1982-2010)

A mysterious duo consisting of two industrial performers (D.U. and B), M.I.O.S is a crucial part of a specific chapter in the history of Czechoslovakian extreme music of the second half of the 80’s. Simple ritual aesthetics, noisy tapes, intensive work with metal and iron material, noises and abusing musical and non-musical instruments are the … Continue reading M.I.O.S. – Live at Festival of Industrial Music, Prague 1989 (CS Industrial 1982-2010)

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Poland: An Account of the Party and its Guests

In 1983 Biba Kopf attended a music festival in Poland and wrote an extensive festival report for NME. This is the first part of the article, where we learn about the role of rock music for thousands of polish youngsters of many different tribes. Reprinted with the permission of Time Inc. Special thanks to Keiko … Continue reading Poland: An Account of the Party and its Guests

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Kriminelle Tanzkapelle – Glückliche Jahre (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, … Continue reading Kriminelle Tanzkapelle – Glückliche Jahre (klangFarBe)

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Frank Bretschneider’s “Scombermix” (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, … Continue reading Frank Bretschneider’s “Scombermix” (klangFarBe)

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Omnibus – “Israels – Rhythmus” (1980 – 1985)

Prague-based label Endless Illusion (through their Jupiter08 project) has recently released a compilation of material by 80’s Czechoslovak experimental group The Omnibus Band, featuring two of their releases “Israels” and “Rhythmus”. Read on below to find out more about the band and the Jupiter08 project. The Omnibus Band was founded by Jarda Zjpt and Petr Dikan … Continue reading Omnibus – “Israels – Rhythmus” (1980 – 1985)

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Vladimír Hirsch – “Synthetics – Themes” (CS Industrial 1982-2010)

Vladimír Hirsch (born July 3, 1954) is a Czech composer, instrumentalist (pianist, organist, keyboard player, vocalist), and sound experimenter, integrating industrial and dark ambient music with modern classical composition with a genre overlap conception. His composition style is characterized by polymodal architectonics, polytonality and the usage of digital technique to enhance sonic means of expression, … Continue reading Vladimír Hirsch – “Synthetics – Themes” (CS Industrial 1982-2010)

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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 … Continue reading Russian Electronic Music: People and Instruments

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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 … Continue reading Martin Machovec interviewed by Anna Kukatova

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The Avant-garde Alternative of the last 20 Years in Poland

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 … Continue reading The Avant-garde Alternative of the last 20 Years in Poland

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Contemporary Music, Sound Art and Media in Lithuania: From a Historical Perspective to the Present

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 … Continue reading Contemporary Music, Sound Art and Media in Lithuania: From a Historical Perspective to the Present

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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 … Continue reading Alexei Borisov interviewed by Anna Ceeh

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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. … Continue reading Notchnoi Prospekt on “Look or Sight”

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Sound Exchange: Experimental Music Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe

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 … Continue reading Sound Exchange: Experimental Music Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe

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Who is Eugeniusz Rudnik?

Eugeniusz Rudnik entered the avant-garde music scene in 1955 with characteristic eloquence: ‘I became a pioneer of electronic music because I had just got out of jail and I was looking for a job’. As an artist, he was inclined to take risks and had an erotic audacity towards sound matter. A new wave of … Continue reading Who is Eugeniusz Rudnik?

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CS Industrial 1982-2010

CS Industrial 1982-2010” is an online label, ran by Přemysl Ondra, Čenda Šopek, Michael Borůvka, which has been documenting the Czech and Slovak industrial scene. Focusing on the years 1982- 2010 and related cultural structures, it offers deep insight into the first chapters of Czech and Slovak specific electronic music genres. All of their releases … Continue reading CS Industrial 1982-2010

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The Musical Milestones of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio

The temporary liberalization of life in Poland in October 1956 brought with it the establishment of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio. The event was no less than a phenomenon for this part of Europe. Ahead of Stockholm and many other centres of music which would establish electronic workshops in the 60s, Poland became an outpost … Continue reading The Musical Milestones of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio

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The Story Behind the Experimental Music Haven that Escaped Communist Censorship

This is the story of how Warsaw was the fourth European city in history to have its own studio dedicated to experimental electro-acoustic music, despite being ruled by a communist regime that was hostile to free thinking and avant-garde art. After World War II, Poland fell under the Soviet Union’s influence and had to cope … Continue reading The Story Behind the Experimental Music Haven that Escaped Communist Censorship

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“Soul”, by Lehel Vandor

Levente Toth (aka Lehel Vandor), from Romania, got in touch and generously shared a full chapter of his memoir “Ears” with us. It reflects on the listener perspective, and how it was to get hold of experimental music from the West while living under Ceasescu’s dictatorial regime.   Despite all of the official attempts to … Continue reading “Soul”, by Lehel Vandor

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