Not too long ago, Czechoslovakia was a country – it exists now as the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Czechoslovakia also succumbed to the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain, along with many of its neighbors. In these socialist systems, the arts (among other matters) can be stifled but oddly enough, we have remnants of one of Czechoslovakia’s independent-minded, yet state-funded, stations. As you listen to this it’s quite hard to think this was played on radio, much less back in the 60s and 70s. Until now, these also have never been released on a physical medium but Slovakia’s 4mg Records has come along to fulfill this duty. As you’ll notice, all but two of the tracks have been severely edited down on the vinyl version so they could fit but on the CD you’ll find them unabridged clocking in at almost seventy minutes! A Number of Small Things calls this musique concrète’s “missing link.” Check out Iná Hudba below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

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Incredible historical recording never issued in any format ever. It is the first release of Slovak composeres that were active in the 60s and 70s, a missing link in the history of Musique Concrète."In 1965 the Experimental Studio Bratislava was founded by the Czechoslovak broadcast service. The Studio Bratislava was quite independent from the headquarters in Prague and in some ways competed with it. 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 studio’s 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.– The most popular Slovak artist in the field of electronic music was and is probably Jozef Malovec He was among the winners of the First International Electronic Music Competition – Dartmouth College, 1968. 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.

Some good tracks for getting a taste of what the vinyl and the CD have to offer are Jozef Malovec (of Orthogenesis fame!): Theorema, Miro Bazlik: Motus vivendi and Ivan Parik: Vezova hudba. On the vinyl LP there is 38’05” of music and on the included CD - with the same tracks but all in original, full length - there is 68’09” of music. " Peter Doggwiler, Producer

Price $22.66

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