Electronic music affords artistic expressions at a unique intersection between music, an art form that transcends its own temporal foundations, and technology, the advancements through which humankind asserts its intellectual capabilities and marks its place in history. Even in its relatively nascent stages, electronic music is a format, or perhaps an approach, that reflects the social, political, and cultural environments of global music communities through the unique relationships between artists and machines.
My friend Danzka invited me to come watch the first sunrise of the year with him and some his childhood friends. Driving to Bogd Khan National Park adjacent to Ulaanbaatar, we hiked to an ovoo and waited for sunrise. As the sun came close to peaking over the horizon, the Mongolians I was with began yelling “Oooooo haaaay!” as if to coax the sun over the mountains. As it peaked over the horizon, we stretched our arms out to absorb the sun’s energy and make wishes for the coming year. It was a beautiful way to start the year.
A late-January trip to Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia’s western most province, led to one of my most productive recording trips yet. I was able to capture close to 50 recordings as I traveled through the snow-covered Altai Mountains. This is a song performed by a Kazakh herder, Esilbek, where he sings about the love he feels for his mother.
In Yugoslavia, record labels and stores were run by the state. There were numerous labels based around the country including Jugodisk from Belgrade, Diskoton from Sarajevo, and ZKP RTLJ from Ljubljana. The oldest and largest was Jugoton from Zagreb. › Continue reading