As a range of obstacles, both private and professional, stop musicians from working uninterrupted, diligence acquires a new significance. It becomes a form of transcendence, far above material woes.
As material constraints frustrate a number of young Russian musicians, thoughts turn to various kinds of ascent. Poems are dedicated to movement above the rooftops - and even into the stars.
A number of Russian electronic releases this week are all tied to thoughts of distant times and places. Those same dreams remain deliberately vague, since actuality is unpleasingly obvious.
It's impossible for young Slavic or Baltic performers to operate without some concern for physical geography. The issue of distance frustrates "real" interaction yet - paradoxically - nurtures a digital craft.
Three new dance recordings from Siberia arguably share a philosophical connection. Does their place of origin lead to a specific worldview - something that endures as their authors travel?
A couple of bass compilations emerge simultaneously from St. Petersburg. One of them gives voice to the hard, physical effort needed to run a net-label. The other turns to reverie.
Two labels from Vilnius and Yekaterinburg have published compilation CDs in celebration of their work and worldview. Both come implicitly to the conclusion their ideals are - ultimately - ineffable.
A number of physical challenges face these musicians: a distant address, an ailing economy, or military service. All these artists use sound in order to create - or imagine - some alternatives. The resulting tempo of escapism is not swift.
Alexei Borisov is one of Russia's most respected electronic musicians. With new recordings from Naples, what metaphors of creative liberty are transferred from Mr. Borisov to younger, maybe quieter artists?
New chip-tune, bass-, and hip-hop recordings investigate the appeal of difference and distance. How much variation guarantees satisfaction? Deviance, it eventually transpires, has a limit. Liberties reach a dead-end...