SOUND EXCHANGE – Experimental Music Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe 

SOUND EXCHANGE embarks on a search for the roots and current state of experimental music culture in Central and Eastern Europe, which can boast a lively, internationally-linked scene of musicians, artists and festivals. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, however, local traditions and their protagonists have partially been consigned to oblivion. SOUND EXCHANGE wants to ensure that these traditions can once again be seen, and position them in the context of current developments within local music scenes. Between November 2011 and November 2012, SOUND EXCHANGE DAYS connected to local festivals in seven cities – Kraków, Bratislava, Tallinn, Vilnius, Budapest, Riga and Prague – took place 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 electroacoustic 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 closed the project in November 2012, bringing together programme modules from the participating countries in a three-day festival.

With contributions by Antoni Beksiak, Balázs Kovács, Daiga Mazvērsīte, Gerhard Lock, Hans-Gunter Lock, Māra Traumane, Martin Flašar, Michal Rataj, Miloš Vojtěchovský, Monika Pasiecznik, Pavel Klusák, Slávo Krekovič, Tautvydas Bajarkevicius, Viestarts Gailītis.

Edited by Carsten Seiffarth, Carsten Stabenow, and Golo Föllmer
Publisher PFAU, Saarbrücken, 2012
ISBN 9783897274877, 3897274876
400 pages

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soundexchange at ctm 2014

At CTM 2014, a special two-day Sound Exchange concert and performance programme at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2) brings a selection of projects by younger-generation Eastern European artists working in resonance (or in contrast) with their pioneering counterparts.

The Sound Exchange exhibition in the Foyer of HAU2 provides further context by presenting individual artistic positions, regional groupings, and currents in Central and Eastern Europe’s experimental musical cultures from the 1960s to the present. Through various documents, images, and sounds, eight exemplary pioneers and their works are portrayed in regional and historical context, as are their underlying artistic processes and positions.

An afternoon programme regrouping lectures, a round-table discussion, and a specially-commissioned film programme focused on the late GDR underground scene that presents rare and never before seen film and video documents, gives the possibility for in-depth reflection and debate. Further examinations of musical developments elsewhere in the East and West will unfold throughout various other events within CTM 2014’s Discourse series.
Sound Exchange began its search for the roots and current state of experimental music culture in Central and Eastern Europe in 2010, pursuing commonalities and singularities found within these regions and discussing their relationship with the international history of experimental music. Aiming at rendering local lines of development visible again and encouraging artists to reconnect to these traditions, Sound Exchange produced a series of festivals, exhibitions and workshops in Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Germany and the Czech Republic, in close collaboration with local initiatives in each country. CTM 2014 presents some of the findings and achievements of the extensive project through a special condensed programme at the festival, and links it into further dialogue with parallel developments in Russia and the West.

Check here for details >>>

radio ex change workshop

Here you can listen to an excerpt of what was produced during 5 days in the workshop »radio ex change – Radio as an artistic-experimental medium« with Wojciech Kucharczyk (PL)
As intended by Wojciech, the topic was developed together with the workshop participants during the days over discussions and shifted from dealing with the current situation in Hungary to questioning ‘language’ as the ‘ex change’ medium…
The results – compiled in a 20 minute track – was transmitted live on air, as well the official opening of the soundexchange day was transmitted and amplified via radios only …

the participants were:

Listen to radio ex change




sound exchange day budapest

SOUND EXCHANGE DAY BUDAPEST (13.October 2012) is the seventh station of the project, which is organized by DOCK e.V. Berlin and the Goethe-Institut in close collaboration with the Festival UH Fest at the Akvárium Klub. It features selected outstanding representatives of experimental music culture in Hungary, Latvia and Germany.

sound exchange day prague

SOUND EXCHANGE DAY PRAGUE is the sixth station of the project and is organized by DOCK e.V. Berlin and the Goethe-Institut in close collaboration with the Festival Babel Prague at Archa Theatre. It features selected outstanding experimental music representatives from the Czech Republic and the former GDR.

sound exchange day tallinn

Produced in close collaboration with the STALKER Festival, SOUND EXCHANGE DAY TALLINN is the project’s fifth station and is being held at Kultuurikatel. It features selected outstanding experimental music representatives from Lithuania and Estonia.

riga documentation

soundexchange day riga by carsten stabenow

Some visual impressions from the soundexchange day riga can be found here >>>.The Goethe Institut Riga / Anglikanu Baznica set up some galleries:
Standuino workshop >>>
Soundexchange exhibition >>>
Soundexchange performances >>>

and here a video documentation by Artis Bangieris:

a documentation about the standuino workshop by the TV-Show  „Krejums saldais“ 10.09.2012 :

sound exchange day riga

SOUND EXCHANGE DAY RIGA is the project’s fourth station to be organised by DOCK e.V. Berlin and the Goethe Institut Riga together with the Skaņu Mežs Festival for new and experimental music at White Night Riga 2012. Outstanding representatives of experimental music culture from Latvia, Hungary and Germany have been selected to present their work.

vilnius documentation

The Sound Exchange Day in cooperation with the Goethe Institut and »Jauna Muzika« festival Vilnius just took place. The centre of the concert was an artistic examination of different electric organs or analogue synthesizers, such as VILNIUS 3, VILNIUS 5, Electronika EM-25 and VENTA, which were constructed during Soviet times in Vilnius. You can find a photo documentation of the concert evening as well the »Vilnius Sound Locations« focusing on the phenomenon of the ›sound memory‹ of spaces with Maksims Šentelevs from Riga here.
Another image gallery from the festival can be found here.

A short video showing some impressions can be seen here:

soundexchange day Bratislava – podcast


Florian Neuner produced a nice podcast about the soundexchange day in Bratislava for the Goethe Institut (Touring with Goethe No. 54). You can listen to several interviews and music by Milan Adamciak, Kurek/Bumšteinas Duo, Andrius Rugys and Frank Bretschneider.

german version: soundexchange day bratislava – mit goethe auf tour nr. 54

english version: soundexchange day bratislava – touring with goethe no 54

soundexchange day bratislava

You can find a image gallery with impressions from the soundexchange day in bratislava (2nd december 2011) here.
A gallery of the concert evening by Next festival photographers Šimko Košík and Zuzana Krajčíková can be found here.

Frank Bretschneider „KIPPSCHWINGUNG“

Frank Bretschneider „KIPPSCHWINGUNG“ by carsten stabenow

With Kippschwingung, Frank Bretschneider combines his never simplistic but all the more profound relationship to rhythm with the specific sound aesthetics of the Subharchord. He uses the “rhythmisation installation” designed especially for the instrument as well as the exciting, abstract sounds, which lie exactly between noise and tone, in order to combine an almost forgotten technology with contemporary production and music-making techniques.
For the first time bretschneider presents kippschwingung as audio-visual performance for the soundexchange day Bratislava at the NEXT festival.