IN CONVERSATION

Lăutărie Then and Now: Inside Romania's Romani Musical Heritage

Conversations with four lăutari from different backgrounds and generations about the journey of the Romanian-Romani music genre known as "muzica lăutarească".

Shaun Williams

THE EASTERN BLOC

Renata Lewandowska - the Soul Voice of the 70s Polish music

The story of Polish soul singer Renata Lewandowska, a lost-and-found jewel of the Polish music from the 70s.

Kornelia Binicewicz
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CULTURAL HERITAGE

The Polyphonic Search for Authenticity in a Balkan Country

From archaic phonos to “Made in Romania“, here's a look on how the term “Balkan” is used in the construction and perception of rock music and manele.

Claudiu Oancea

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

Staff Picks - January 2021

From electronic to free-jazz, ambient psych to Greek and African music, here's what you've missed in the first month of 2021.

Dragoș Rusu & Victor Stutz

AROUND THE WORLD

Beyond The Dancefloor: A Brief History of Electronic Music in Tbilisi

Electronic music in Georgia established itself as a lasting cultural phenomenon in the '90s.

Jan Chudozilov

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

Favourite Albums of 2020

We asked some of our contributors, collaborators and friends to help us and share their favourite albums of 2020.

Dragoș Rusu

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

Staff Picks - November / December 2020

Here's our selection of 41 albums released in November and December 2020.

Dragoș Rusu & Victor Stutz

RETROSPECTIVE

Music & Conversations in The Attic

An extended overview of the most important, challenging, and thought-provoking stories we commissioned and published this year in The Attic – all free to read, with no ads, no clickbait, no nonsense. Please tell your friends.

Dragoș Rusu

ACOUSTIC ECOLOGY

Ros Bandt and Vicki Hallett – Listening to the Barwon River in Australia

Two of Australia’s best known field recordists, Ros Bandt and Vicki Hallett are sensing this slice of the planet – the Barwon Estuary in Victoria, Australia, a project that interrogates place as an...

Jane Cornwell

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Jana Winderen – Uncovering the Hidden Sounds of the Environment

Jana Winderen’s sonic artworks are deeply representative of the contemporary moment and her practice focuses on recording and sharing difficult-to-access audio environments.

Andrew Choate

FOCUS ON

Collecting My Heritage(s)

Building a music collection might have implications for the discovery and conservation of a music heritage.

Claudiu Oancea

AROUND THE WORLD

A Look at Contemporary Ukrainian Music

Tracing the underground and experimental in Ukrainian music.

Ivan Shelekhov

AROUND THE WORLD

Circassian Music, There and Now

On the variety of Circassian music, while highlighting some of its outstanding traditional and experimental artists.

Bulat Khalilov

FOCUS ON

The Shadow of a Leaf in Water

I rely on different modal harmonies from Western and Iranian music and embrace a hybrid of sonorities that can belong to either of the traditions.

Aida Shirazi

FEATURE

On the Manelization of Romania in Identitarian Times

Manelization is a term used to describe the "threat" of transforming Romania into a manele-country.

Paul Breazu & Mihai Lukács

PERSPECTIVE

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

Staff Picks - January 2021

From electronic to free-jazz, ambient psych to Greek and African music, here's what you've missed in the first month of 2021.

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

Staff Picks - November / December 2020

Here's our selection of 41 albums released in November and December 2020.

RETROSPECTIVE

Music & Conversations in The Attic

An extended overview of the most important, challenging, and thought-provoking stories we commissioned and published this year in The Attic – all free to read, with no ads, no clickbait, no nonsense. Please tell your friends.

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

Staff Picks - October 2020

Check out our selection of 34 albums released in October 2020.

FIRST PERSON

FOCUS ON

Collecting My Heritage(s)

Building a music collection might have implications for the discovery and conservation of a music...

Claudiu Oancea

FOCUS ON

The Shadow of a Leaf in Water

I rely on different modal harmonies from Western and Iranian music and embrace a hybrid of...

Aida Shirazi

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Solidarity in Times of Pandemic

This is the exact moment to start paying attention.

Rabih Beaini

A STORY OF GENTRIFICATION

The Peckham Barber

The story of Andrew, the gracious Cypriot Barber from Peckham, south east London.

Garth Cartwright

Videos

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Solidarity in Times of Pandemic

This is the exact moment to start paying attention.

Rabih Beaini

IN CONVERSATION

A Sense of Identity

The story of the Syrian oud musician Mohamad Zatari, who moved to Romania to study music at the Conservatory of Bucharest.

Dragoș Rusu

IN CONVERSATION

Chasing the Irish Folk Tradition with Lankum

Inherently bond between folklore and DIY-underground, the Irish group Lankum shines a new light on the lost folk of Ireland.

Bulat Khalilov

IN CONVERSATION

No Lights, No Stage - Blixa Bargeld

Blixa Bargeld discusses Einstürzende Neubauten's latest album, quarantine concerts, Berlin and Iggy Pop.

Miron Ghiu

AROUND THE WORLD

Singing Bodies and Dancing Sounds

Little could I know, having fun at my grandmother’s loom, that I was becoming part of an almost forgotten tradition among Iranian carpet weavers.

Masoumeh Jalalieh

IN CONVERSATION

Inner Travels with Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto)

A close-up look into the artistic universe of German musician Carsten Nicolai.

Miron Ghiu