Unearthing the music: Sound and Creative Experimentation in Non-democratic Europe

Unearthing the music: Sound and Creative Experimentation in Non-democratic Europe


Project leader: OUT.RA – Associacao Cultural, Portugal

Javna medijska ustanova Radio-televizija Srbije, Serbia

Skaņu Mežs, Latvia

Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Bölcsészettudományi Kutatóközpont, Hungary

Asociaţia Jumătatea plină, Romania

Maximum grant awarded: 198,000.00 €

*This project is co-funded through Support for cooperation projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

UM-SCENE will shed a new light on creative and forward-thinking music made under non-democratic regimes in the latter half of the 20th century in Europe, building upon a previous project funded by the Europe for Citizens programme that brought about synergies between diverse but like-minded organizations, showing all the involved and many more across Europe amazingly rich, inventive music created under unfavorable conditions, in countries where state control and lack of personal freedom were everyday features.

The main focus of UM-SCENE is to build a comprehensive online database related to experimental music in the countries subject to dictatorial regimes in (mostly, but not exclusively) Central and Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century, and by that helping to realize their legacy and importance to present-day music scenes across Europe. It will tackle fundamental European values such as freedom of expression and of movement (both of people and ideas / artistic works), in a time when roughly half of what is now the EU and the whole European continent was far from such basic realities, thus promoting Remembrance and putting in the spotlight shared historical experiences through the re-visitation of important artistic and cultural legacies.

It will focus on cooperation among different types of cultural organizations (museums, experimental radio studios, concert organizers, research institutes, archives) and individuals throughout Europe, with the aim of exploring, documenting, disseminating, interpreting and highlighting the significance and importance of a yet under-appreciated aspect of European cultural heritage, while establishing a dialogue between that legacy and contemporary artistic and social aspects that will foster new creations and new reflections.