Meteorismo: Terrorismo
1 month ago, 21 March 2014  ·   0 notes

Meteorismo is a Finnish-Czech label, focusing on “weird music and sounds, lo-fi experiments, home made avantgarde, outsider music, freak out and all kinds of music which is does not fit anywhere.” And this is what you get, albeit the concept of “weirdness” is a strange one, “weirdness” is relative, and nowadays, when it has been co-opted ad nauseum, is weird still weird? Terrorismo is a result of a Federsel & Mäkelä "pretending to be experimental music curators". And it is not as weird as in inaccessible. There are the traces of various avantgarde sonic practices - the cut and paste, sampling, improvisation, plunderphonics, musique concrète. Then there is noise and the conscious use of the aesthetics of lo-fi, which usher in the 21st century.

This track by Slovak sound artists Andrej Danoczi features an absurd juxtaposition of a hilarious radio phoner of a religious zealot coupled with field recordings and various aural disturbances.

It’s not all sonic opulence though, there are sublime stripped-down songs like the one below.

A nice collection of “old-skool” practices, placed in a “new-skool” world, done without compromises, offered without pretensions.

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2013 in Serbian music by Nikola Vitkovic
3 months ago, 6 January 2014  ·   1 note

Nikola Vitkovic is a Belgrade-based promoter and label owner at Nauk, musician himself as the wonderful Magma Trakt and an overall expert on what is hot and what not in Serbia. Joking, he simply just has a good eye and ear for worthwhile music - old or new.

Serbian alternative scene has always been too safe. A typical local underground figure is a cool self-assured urban male student, who takes himself too seriously, but still has no guts nor madmanism it takes to make an impact with music. Striking a serious pose seems dandy, but without craziness and passion and adventurism, it won’t get you far.

Year 2013 finally spawned out several female fronted bands who unscrupulously swung an axe into this lukewarm male narcissism, showing once and for all that being cool is not cool. Here are some of them:


1. MUSICAL HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR?
Za Pokolj Duše is a kindergarden of bastards of all ages. Apart from virtual demonic pipe organs and occasional Tibetan growls, they play bafflingly simple garage punk, with abused lyrics and riffs stolen from mainstream pop rock, enhancing only worst sides of it - and of their bad selves. With such conservative instrumentation and source material, their self-exploitation of the rock genre is more radical, shocking, liberating and adventurous than any experimental / avantgarde project around. They might disagree, but what sets ZPD leagues above other exploitation acts is the lack of irony - they are rather self-ironic. It is a culturally incorrect mazo-torture porn feast, which turns the lack of agenda into the agenda, at the rate of 20 hits per 15 minutes [weather hits are ‘songs’ or ‘ananas-vodkas’]. And all that with an honest necrophile’s psychic hard-on.



2. DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR?
Aranka Makoš I Plaćene Daviteljke from Subotica and Bačko Gradište is another kind of beast. Although equally primitive and anarchic as ZPD, there is something primordial in their non-violent endlessly long [2+ minutes!] math kiddy progressively idiotic punk poems which always speed up and down, up and down. This cavewomen duo often sounds like 7 limbs playing together - not because they play masterfully, but quite the opposite - because they make so many mistakes - and that is exactly what makes them so unique. If they had an album, it would sit neatly on your shelf with Bada Dada and similar Hungarian primitive dada-punk. Cool listeners beware: this is the most instant brain-and-dancefloor cleaner of the season.



3. LOWPOINT IN TERMS OF MUSIC/SCENE OF THE YEAR?
Some alternative musicians’ persistence on professional approach to playing, performing, presenting and selling their music. Sure, it’s nice to secure yourself a place in a hierarchical pyramid of showbiz if you can, where the artist is above the club and where everything has a price tag. But such capitalist mentality has no place in true underground, because it turns its back on private no-budget initiatives, no-budget promoters and no-budget audience [that’s just 99% of the audience].

4. PERSONAL WISHES AND TIPS FOR 2014?
To see Serbia’s most secret deity Weapon God finally come out in public and release his dub-glitch-minimalistic gesamtkunstwerk in form of 40 x vinyl box. Well, you asked for “wishes”… So let’s keep our eyes on A Hogon’s Industrial Guide and No Basement Is Deep Enough!

You can read his 2012 tips here.

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Východiska Xmas mix
3 months ago, 27 December 2013  ·   3 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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Nikola Vitkovic on Serbian sonics 2012
1 year ago, 8 January 2013  ·   2 notes
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1. What’s the highlight for you in the Serbian music scene of 2012?

insane eyes
' anthology “tautau - colourful mp69s, mostly violet’, released on my label nauk.rs. It shows just a microscopic piece of a 20-year private discography. insane eyes is a pop hitmaker with a nerdy attitude of a self-unaware genius. He makes a heroic example of a musician who is not bothered about external stuff like career, but cares only about making good work - or more precisely, a good laugh. [More about this here.]

2. What is the low point for you in the Serbian music scene in 2012?

The overall Americanisation of the alternative scene. Either they play noise rock, acoustic ballads or hiphop, local bands usually sound like they want to sound like an American import, which is not bad in itself, but the lack of other horizonts is depressing.

3. Discovery-new artist of the year?

bicikl
. primarily a live improv band. These young harbingers of the uprising local underground folk / dilletant ethno scene have been around for some time, but their melting pot of heavily perfumed Turkish delights, Macedonian rhythms, Lithuanian paganism, Serbian epic battles and surf guitars took a new life in 2012, and is ripe to be discovered by all enthusiasts for psyched out ethno muzik.

4. Personal tips and wishes and plans for 2013?

Less talk more action!

Nikola Vitkovic is a musician and owner of the Belgrade-based label NAUK.
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Electric Post-Yugoslavia /Zmikeo, Insane Eyes, Ilegalne Emocije/
1 year ago, 29 December 2012  ·   2 notes

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Nikola Vitkovic is one of Serbia’s prime underground music evangelists, an advocate of the beautiful outsiders whose work often remains in obscurity. “There are dozens of undiscovered experimental gems from that era, but I was specifically interested in escapist projects outside of any scene, people who nurtured their private ‘one man scenes’ in isolation,” he told us in an interview about the compilation Crni Pek that he released last year. 

His efforts do not stop with archeological musical efforts. NAUK, his “Nacionalna Asocijacija za Umetnost i Kulturu”, has just released a series called “Sertifikat: Nebriga" which highlights more recent electric efforts stemming from the region that follow in the footsteps of the legendary Yugoslav postpunk/wave/electro 80ties heritage.

Zmikeo! is our Belgrade friend. We still remember his first live show that we had an honour to put up in Pančevo two years ago. We have kept an eye on the affable chap ever since, and after several tracks unleashed into cyberspace, it is fair to say he has carved his own - dirty, mangled lofi electric - sound. His “rape rave” album is aptly titled - Damage Music. A music that’s not damaged, but that’s aimed at all of us - damaged souls.

Insane Eyes is an “anthology”, an autobiographical compilation of several guises of a “Zen Buddhist hitmaker” from Višnjice. Sonically, the output varies between italo disco, high energy or wave, and is mostly faithful to the eclectic Yugo musical heritage.

Third release by Ilegalne Emocije has no music at all, just a series of jpegs. The single is a series of drawings, each of which is open for public reappropriation. The resulting recontextualisations can be sent back to the label. “The more interaction, the more EU funds,” they say. Get your artistic juices flowing then, folks!

You can download all the three releases - for free - here.

Listen to an interview with Nikola about his compilation Crni Pek for our Radio Wave show.

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