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

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
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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

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

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 acoustic space where sound, place, time and culture collide.

Jane Cornwell

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

Circassian Music, There and Now

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

Bulat Khalilov

AROUND THE WORLD

A Look at Contemporary Ukrainian Music

Tracing the underground and experimental in Ukrainian music.

Ivan Shelekhov

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

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

PERSPECTIVE

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.

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

Staff Picks - September 2020

Celebrate autumn with a selection of 31 albums released in September 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

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

AROUND THE WORLD

On the Trails of a Banned Language

The tradition of oral expression known as a dengbêjî, the job of a dengbêj – a ‘soundteller’– lies at the foundation of traditional Kurdish music and is the only path to survival of a language facing extinction.

Sakina Teyna

IN CONVERSATION

Modern Mythologies - a talk with Raffaele Pezzella

A glimpse into the world of the creator of the elusive Unexplained Music Group.

Miron Ghiu

IN CONVERSATION

A Conference of Three Positions of the Past

Phillip Sollmann tries to bring together certain works by sound pioneers Hermann von Helmholtz, Harry Partch and Harry Bertoia.

Dragoș Rusu