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Artist: V/A
Title: Ina Hudba: Experimental Studio Bratislava Series 1
Format: LP + CD
Label: 4MG
Country: Slovakia
Price: $25.00
"A milestone; an incredible historical recording never before issued in any format. This is the first release of the work of Slovak composers who were active in the 60s and 70s, a missing link in the history of musique concrète. The first in a series of three released in celebration of the 2015 50th anniversary of the Experimental Studio Bratislava, Slovakia. "In 1965 the Experimental Studio Bratislava was founded by the Czechoslovak broadcast service... Composers like Peter Kolman, Jozef Malovec etc. started on a do it yourself level and built the equipment which was then not available through the Iron Curtain themselves. However, the studios vicinity to Budapest eventually made it easier for the Slovaks to source the equipment they needed as Hungary had a more free interpretation of the socialist marketsystem. The artists were thus able to make improvements that allowed them to experiment with Musique Concrète and electronic sounds... Interestingly Exs had, for various reasons, never released a record in their own name in spite of vivid exchange with likeminded artists in European studios like the Electronic Studio Stockholm (EMS), founded the same year, 1965, Budapest, Warsaw etc. Recordings made in Exs appeared for example on Hungaroton SLPX-11851: Hungarian Electronic Music; Supraphon SUA 10951: Electronic Music; Supraphone 1111423: From Czech Electronic Music Studios; CBS-S3461144: Musique Tchecoslovaque Nouvelle just to mention a few. We therefore feel it is overdue and more than appropriate to let the increasingly interested world of analog electronic music aficionados know about the hidden gems of vintage electronic sounds and Musique Concrète created behind the iron curtain two generations ago. This is our first release -- Experimental Studio Bratislava, Series 1 - 2 - 3 -- in a small series of 3 with unreleased master tracks from Slovak composers recorded in the Exs between 1965 and 2005. The next releases will be out in about 6 months and 12 months, respectively. Each release consists of one vinyl LP with a CD included -- while on the vinyl some of the tracks will be shortened, the same tracks on the CD will always be in full original length" --Peter Doggwiler, producer. Limited numbered edition of 500. Includes tracks by Roman Berger, Pavol Simai, Ilja Zeljenka, Ivan Hrusovský, Jozef Malovec, Miro Bázlik, Ivan Parík, Peter Kolman, and Tadeás Salva." - 4MG.
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Artist: V/A
Title: Nasi Hostia: Experimental Studio Bratislava Series 3
Format: LP + CD
Label: 4MG
Country: Slovakia
Price: $27.00
"This series of electro acoustic music and musique concrète was started in 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Experimental Studio Bratislava, Exs. Series 1 (4MG 007LP, 2015) introduced its listeners to Iná Hudba and other music from the first generation of Slovak avant-garde composers recorded in the Exs, mostly with self-built electronic equipment behind the Iron Curtain. Series 2 (4MG 009LP, 2016) provided a platform for Nova Generacia, the new generation of Slovak composers using Western equipment -- now integrated in the "five year plan" to purchase in the West... -- and influenced by Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, and Pietro Grossi, among others. Series 3, titled Nasi Hostia, casts the recordings of visiting composers at the Exs, like György Ligeti, Lothar Voigtländer, Liviu Dandara, etc. The backbone to these unusual, landmark recordings were the highly esteemed Annual International Seminars on New Music in Smolenice, Slovakia. The first seminar, held in 1968, was and attended by Karlheinz Stockhausen -- playing his "Hymnen" for the first time abroad -- for the Slovak composers an ear-opener and a learning process on how "to make" this kind of "music"... In the following years new music personalities, like Ligeti, Mauricio Kagel, Lutoslawski, Gorecki, Sofia Gubajdulina, etc. attended the Smolenice Seminars. Unfortunately the partial opening of the Iron Curtain and the general cultural upsurge of the 1960s were frozen by tanks in 1968. Neo-Stalinistic "normalization" of the early 1970s violently pushed this -- and not only this -- creative branch beyond the borders of permitted cultural activities. This album offers the world premiere of: "Poème Symphonique for 100 Metronomes" by György Ligeti, performed and recorded in Smolenice Seminars, 1968 -- approved by the composer! Of particular interest is a student of Stockhausen and Ligeti: Romanian Liviu Dandara, with his outstanding electro acoustic composition "Affectus Memoria" that shows his artistic development after his studies in Darmstadt. The famous East German composer Lothar Voigtländer is presented here with his never released "Meditation Sur Le Temps", the almost forgotten Czech composer has here his "comeback" with the extraordinary "Speleofonie" -- just to name a few East European composers to discover from the analog past of the 70s. The seven recordings all date from 1968-1982, and also features compositions by: Milan Slavický, Georg Katzer, Lothar Voigtlaender, Zoltán Pongrácz, and Alois Piňos. Includes CD with each track presented at full-length; Edition of 500 (numbered)." - 4MG.

Artist: V/A
Title: Nova Generacia: Experimental Studio Bratislava Series 2
Format: LP & CD
Label: 4MG
Country: Slovakia
Price: $25.00
“Its difficult to overstate the unique brilliance of the (almost unknown) early electronic music composers featured on this compilation of seminal, previously unreleased electronic music from the 1980s. Collecting towering analog modular synth shapes and tones with hypnotic acoustic refrains, Nová Generácia is unlike any other kosmische or early electronic record out there. "In 2015 the 50th anniversary of the Experimental Studio Bratislava (Exs) in Slovakia was crowned with the first-ever release of their music production: the LP Iná Hudba, which sold out almost immediately after the release. Now the following Series 2: Nová Generácia presents the second generation of experimental and musique concrète composers from Slovakia and concentrates mostly on works from the 80s. These milestone recordings with an unmeasurable historical value have never been released in any format ever and this is only the second time that avant-garde and experimental electronic Slovak composers have been exposed, united on one medium, to the world. While on Series 1 self-made studio equipment and electronic devices was the norm for recordings made in the 60s and 70s in Bratislava, we can see now the use of Western equipment like the Studer 907 with console etc. used by the Nová Generácia in the 80s. This technical development allowed new composition processes and this new equipment generated new and fresh ideas -- on the same footing as avant-garde composers on the other side of the iron curtain like Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, Pietro Grossi, etc. Sound art gradually found its firm place in the Slovak culture. A new generation -- Nová Generácia -- of composers who looked for new and different methods of musical expression. All the recordings are strictly analog -- recorded and produced with analog equipment only! A selection of Slovak electro-acoustic composers who follow the pioneers previously released on Iná Hudba: Experimental Studio Bratislava Series 1" --Peter Doggwiler, producer. Limited numbered edition of 500 LPs with CD included. While most tracks have been shortened to fit on the LP, the CD includes all tracks in their full original length. Includes works by Milan Adamčiak, Martin Burlas, Juraj Pospísil, Víťazoslav Kubička, Rudolf Pepucha, Robert Rudolf, Juraj Ďuris, and Svetozár Stračina.” - 4MG.

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