Zombies, corporations and disturbing truths
2 months ago, 28 May 2014  ·   1 note

imageThis is the story of apocalyptic times for Bog in ancestral lands of his country. Bog lives in Romania, Bucharest, a young girl half-naked and wild. Her body struggles between the stars of Europe and America’s omniscient eye, surrounded by hostility from her sisters Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.

A pseudo-mythical past, ideologies and inconvenient truths feature in the 40minute audiovisual bonanza entitled Cocalar Cosmos - National Geografic soul mix. Ceaușescu appears with his gargantuan palace, “Dacian hypnotized zombies”, corp/cores (Chevron and Rosia Montana, which spawned a wave of civic unrest in Romania last year with their environmentally damaging business activities in the country), as well as objectification of women. Bucolic landscape images are interspersed with graphic porn images…

Bogdan Marcu, the creator of both the music and the visuals, has toyed around with subverting nationalism and Romanian national identity. His bona fide insane mashups (check out his Easterndaze one here) encompass Romanian music - be it the much hated manele or the more traditional and contemporary one - with anything and everything that catches his fancy. In that way, he alludes to Negativland and their plunderphonic activism.

Cocalar Cosmos - National Geografic soul mix from LocalRec on Vimeo.

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Východiska Xmas mix
7 months ago, 27 December 2013  ·   4 notes

Every week on Wednesday Czech Radio's Wave station, we try to present a project, label, in a short interview format. Our show Východiska (you can check the archive of the show here) aims to map the latest happenings on the independent music scene in Central and Eastern Europe. We have created a special mix featuring our favourite labels and project, and asked them to send us their upcoming releases. Here is what came out of it.

Tracklist:
1. Superskin – Drown
2. Lightning Glove – Brave New World
3. Plevna – Imperios
4. Shamanelism - Shamanelism
5. Steaua de Mare - Babadag
6. Katraven – Stars
7. Obete Sekty – Čo ak sa nevrátim /noitt remix/
8. Jonáš Gruska - Site specific resonances II
9. Dead Janitor – Divided
10. Lutto Lento – Vengo
11. Skan-zen – Tothem
12. Carla Under Water - Cocoon Boy
13. Alpár - Psychedelic Leftovers For Sunday Brunch (Chapter ‘Definitely Bad Trip’)
14. Nightmare Carpet - untitled
15. Kucharczyk – Green Green Kick
16. Sillyconductor - Piano

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Nava Spatiala’s - noisenautics Vol​.​4
8 months ago, 2 November 2013  ·   0 notes

The Romanian project Nava Spatiala, whose Miron Ghiu has done a fantastic remix for fellow Romanians Somnoroase Pasarele whose album ABECD appeared our Baba Vanga label, are one of the proselytizers of dark techno and its industrial, offbeat guises championed by Downwards’ Samuel Kerridge or Blackest Ever Black.

They hover between the eerie, paranoid territory of narcoleptic soundscapes, industrial and meandering atmospherics. Self-proclaimed “noisenautics”, Nava Spatiala is a duo “relying on apparently chaotic, unintentional and improvisational use of the spectrum.” Much like psychonauts with “mind-altering substances”, Nava Spatiala are experimenting with mind-altering sonics, delivering a haunting, disembodied world devoid of any hope and solace, but which is at the same time hypnotizing and hard to leave. The drone-tastic tracks are a journey - both figuratively and literally - ranging from 6 to 18 minutes.

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Somnoroase Păsărele - ABECD - pataphysics technoulipo
10 months ago, 20 September 2013  ·   1 note

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Somnoroase Păsărele, named after a famous eponymous poem by a Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu, is a duo from is a duo from Romania, based between the coastal city of Constanta and the capital Bucharest. Gili Mocanu is an established painter and together with Elena Album, also a visual artist, they have started a musical endeavor, quirky and tactical, organic yet otherwordly, witty and utterly serious at the same time. “Five years ago I began to create music again, after a 15 years break. Before the break I used all kinds of objects of resonance for instruments, including self-made classical instruments, accompanied by pre-recorded, distorted sounds played on magnetic tapes. Experimental music would be the term,” they told us in an interview a few years ago

SOMNOROASE PASARELE - ABECD from Baba Vanga on Vimeo.

Their musical output is conceptual, ranging from twenty minute long medleys to recontextualisations of Caucescu’s speech. The sonics are idiosyncratic, alien mutant sounds that are mysterious and beautiful at the same time. The musical process is intuitive and irreverent: “First of all, our music is disharmonic from the beginning. I am familiar with the piano keyboard (even though I can’t play in the classical sense, I can produce the sounds accordingly with my feelings) so the score goes from basic intuitions played on the piano. The architectural formula of the songs is mostly a repetitive pattern, sequentially entering the orbit of other cycles of patterns,” says Gili.

Their latest album, released on 18 September on Baba Vanga, is also a conceptual record, with their own artwork. “ABECD is the title of the album, is constructed by 5 colours, each of them is also a letter.The songs are short and simple, the colored squares game resemble to the structure of the music,” says Gili. “All around, musical dunes for Fata Morgana, Yeti in a chairlift, Sisyphus pushing Prometheus in a convertible, Gili does ‘pataphysics technoulipo for the gymnastics of heavenly bodies in the sky and other macrotonal didascalia that remain to be demonstrated,” Octav Avramescu.

Listen to the whole album here:

And a remix by fellow Romanian Miron Ghiu:

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New videos - Lutto Lento, RSS Boys, Andras Csefalvay, Sillyconductor
11 months ago, 12 August 2013  ·   0 notes

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Lutto Lento

Another Polish project belongs to the boss of the idiosyncratic Sangoplasmo label, the tape imprint that has carved its niche over the few years of its existence with quirky, outthere sounds by local as well as international artists, including Ensemble Economique or Decimus. Lubomir, Sangoplasmo’s heart and soul, also produces music, under the guise Lutto Lento. His sampledelic electronics will soon get a full length release, until then check out the summer-tastic the video:

LUTTO LENTO SIRENA from Lutto Lento on Vimeo.

RSS Boys 

Mik Musik’s RSS Boys have featured on our horizon for some time. The Polish outfit relishes in rhythmic, relentless compositions that stretch up to ten minutes. They have released an EP and featured on the Wire Tapper compilation. Here is their latest video:

András Csefalvay - Somewhere

The acclaimed Slovak artist András Csefalvay has also embraced music in the last couple of years, his releases appearing on the experimental label LOM, where he nestles next to noise and contemporary composition. His fragile, singer-songwriter material is soaked in nostalgia, irony and some underlying ominous calmness, a Victorian weirdness. The video to his track Somewhere comes form his upcoming record Funeral the Musical.

Check out our LOM label podcast here. 

Sillyconductor - Pianosaurus

We have met Catalin when we were in Bucharest in 2010, an affable man in thrall of sound and music, which he squeezes from anything and everything. His latest endeavour sees him experiment with software.

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