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Lisbon to host Unearthing The Music: Creative Sound and Experimentation under European Totalitarianism

Two days of talks, concerts and film screenings to take place this February

OUT.RA is hosting a two day event at the Goethe Institut in Lisbon, signalling the end of its Unearthing the Music project which has been collecting materials related to experimental music-making in the countries behind the so-called Iron Curtain between 1957 and 1989.

Speakers will include journalist and author Alexander Pehlemann; the curator and co-founder of the Easterndaze project Lucia Udvardyová; museum curator Daniel Muzyczuk; musician and Points East label editor Chris Cutler, and The Wire Editor-in-Chief Chris Bohn. Scheduled to play are Robert and Ronald Lippok (of To Rococo Rot fame) as Ornament & Verbrechen and Russian musician Alexei Borisov. The event will also host film screenings such as 15 Corners Of The World about Eugeniusz Rudnik of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, and Elektro Moskva, about the evolution of electronic music in the former USSR.

The even will take place from 15–16 February. Admission is free. You can read a host of articles surrounding the topic, by Chris Bohn, Mike Zwerin, Ian MacDonald and others, over at