Two important compilations of late have very diverse origins: indie tape music and downtempo idm or glitch. They are both, however, fueled by a lasting desire to be somewhere else
Recent industrial publications from Kiev (via Vienna) and Moscow (via Omsk) juxtapose a factory-floor aesthetic with regional, chronically ailing networks
The Ezhevika label in Minsk, Belarus has published a new compilation of regional music. The contributors consider their bonds both to colleagues and predecessors.
New techno from Belarusian and Russian towns describes itself in neo-Marxist terms, as a repetitive or quantitative choice leading to qualitative change
Minimal techno and bass publications from Moscow and Kiev bear an overarching theme this season: hard work. Their PR rhetoric, however, is not always enthusiastic.
Three recordings from Saint Petersburg find themselves making social statements with tools taken from other towns and times. Cheap science fiction is especially enlightening.
New publications from Anton Maskeliade and Valotihkuu have a pedagogical intent. The former artist is actually a teacher; the latter hopes to champion the importance of noiseless humility.
UCLA will bring together popular and classical music artists, film, cuisine and graphic art from Russia, the Ukraine and the Baltics for “Far From Moscow.”
A range of new electronic recordings from Russia and Lithuania find increasing appeal in solitude. Belief and ideals both need seclusion.
"The theme of an .exe file loops backs to my very own childhood: to the sounds of idm music, to DOS programs, and an overall sense of 'cyber-romance'" (Pixelord, Aleksey Devyanin)