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
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.”
The theme of time is foregrounded by several new publications, but their authors remain unsure of an ideal outlook: forwards to the future––or back to a superior past?
As a handful of new recordings play upon elements of Western hip-hop, 8bit, chill-out, and other styles, one constant theme remains. No matter the desire to sound globally aware, a local focus endures.
The new Mumiy Troll album is entitled "Pirate Copies." Although a clear reference to copyright abuse, that same phrase becomes a talking point for several recent publications and their collective view of the past.
A range of new electronic recordings consider the relationship of sound and space, in terms of escaping one's surroundings. To what degree does noise manage to cancel out ostensible experience?
Four new dance releases from around the Russian capital seek an escape from the daily grind. Increasingly, however, a pessimistic view of the future makes prior decades an attractive reference point.
Andrei Oid is a Riga-born exponent of ambient and minimal techno. He expresses distaste for the aesthetic and audiences of mainstream music. This flight from convention soon becomes dramatic.
As musicians move away from a distant hometown, the web promises greater connectivity. If, however, technical obstacles inhibit the romance of digital interaction, what options then remain?
As the V-ROX Festival gets underway in Vladivostok, rock bands from around Russia come together - in a city that's maximally distant from the capital. Issues of geography come quickly to the fore.