From the USSR itself to the German Democratic Republic, the tracks compiled in Notes From the Underground reflect a wide variety of experimental projects that include electronics, post-punk, noise, and even some prog-rock of the more radical RIO variety. What is interesting — to me at least — is that these wild avant-gardists sound not altogether different from those that at about the same time were radically questioning the nature of Western progress and its liberal idealisms.
As such, this archeological act of unearthing does not perhaps reveal the uniqueness and isolation of these projects but Quartett (Intega Remix) - Various - Iron Curtain Revisited opposite, their belonging to a wider trend in experimentations that share a common core of negativity that crosses any and all purported Curtains.
The postutopian comes to be similar, in this sense, to the anti-utopian, sharing a set of values that dictates that anything other than untrammeled freedom is to be rejected. Notes From the Underground is a titanic work, commendable at every level as a valuable contribution to the histories Quartett (Intega Remix) - Various - Iron Curtain Revisited avant-garde and popular music. The recovery of all these recordings is a testament not only to the commitment to archival work by Unearthing the Music but also to the exciting paths they are now opening to the public at large, both in terms of research and of simple curiosity about what exactly was happening in countries in which hostility to aggressively new music was Talisman - Axxis - Paradise In Flames expressed by indifference and cooptation but by more direct forms of intervention as well as oblique patterns of delegitimization.
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