Experimental Music Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe

SOUND EXCHANGE embarks on the search for the roots and present-day experimental music culture in Central and Eastern Europe, which has a lively internationally linked scene of musicians, artists and festivals. Local traditions and their protagonists have, however, partially been consigned to oblivion since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. SOUND EXCHANGE wants to ensure that these traditions can be heard again and to link them to current developments in local music scenes.

Between November 2011 and November 2012, SOUND EXCHANGE DAYS will take place that are connected to local festivals in seven cities – Krakow, Bratislava, Tallinn, Vilnius, Budapest, Riga and Prague – with concerts, performances, workshops and a wandering exhibition on the experimental music scene in Central and Eastern Europe. …

Together with the co-curators on site, country-specific programmes were developed on topics such as electronic sound experiments, Dadaist happenings and New Wave, Minimal Music, Fluxus, Experimental Electro-Acoustic Music, Graphic Notations and Real-Time Improvisation. All programmes are presented in a bilateral exchange and in cooperation with local music festivals. SOUND EXCHANGE FESTIVAL CHEMNITZ will close the project in November 2012, and will bring together the programme modules from all participating countries in a five-day festival.

Artistic Direction: Carsten Seiffarth, Carsten Stabenow
Advisor: Golo Föllmer
Co-Curators: Marek Choloniewski (PL), Slavo Krekovic (SK),
Aivar Tonso (EST), Antanas Jasenka (LT), Zsolt Sörés (HU),
Viestarts Gailitis (LV), Milos Vojtechovsky (CZ) und Andreas Winkler (GER)
Production: Markus Steffens, Florian Wachinger

Sound Exchange is a project by DOCK e.V. and the Goethe-Institut.
Supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

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