Ukrainian Field Notes XXVIII

Ukrainian Field Notes XXVIII

This bear needs to have some flour milled by Mariia Prymachenko

For this month’s episode of UFN, Dubplanet X aka Obriy explains how he transforms nervousness inducing sounds into sonic results for tracks, Anton Malinovskiy attracts a quick define of the apocalypse, Sony Synth treads the skinny line separating real from manufactured bayraktcore, and Walakos recounts coping with blackouts by cooking on the balcony with a conveyable range.

Meanwhile, seraphine & no justice displays on the Ukrainian Nightmare, Artem Baburin (aka SEPTIM) composes a rating for a Wounded Land, Sikta offers us his tackle the {hardware} vs software program debate, Igor Glushko explains why Ukraine being one probably the most corrupt nation is a drained cliché and Nadnova goes all darkish ambient on us.

For the present episode of our UFN Podcast now we have an extra collection of tracks from the VA fundraising compilation out now on система | system.

Andriy Kiritchenko – “Eyes of Exiles”
Roman Khropko – “Kyiv 17.04.22”
Roman Khropko – “The Moment Of Unity (Sympathetic Mix)”
Myroslav Protsan – “Ravens On The Cemetery”
Myroslav Protsan – “Very Old Piano Improvisations”
Anthony Junkoid – “Drum Vision”
Nightcourier – “Temnivody”
Lena Mirzakh – “A Little Interlude”
Kadaitcha – “Seed”
Katarina Gryvul – “Zemlya”
58918012 – “7e3422”

New releases embody new works by ummsbiaus, Rhythm Büro, SVZZ, Natalia Tsupryk, Хвоя будить сов, Sider, 58918012, Svarog, Andrii Barmalii and Музи і Грації.

But to start right here’s our newest Spotify playlist that includes our present interviewees.



ObriyDubplanet XPitch Patrol

Hi Gianmarco, thanks for the invitation to be part of your mission, my title is Oleksandr, and I’ve been a music producer & DJ for greater than 18 years. From a younger age, I used to be lucky to be surrounded by individuals who have been, to some extent, related to digital music. Accordingly, I had entry to a big library of varied electronics. At that point, virtually all my mates have been making music, and we even had a pleasant rivalry, which had a constructive influence on my manufacturing. I felt myself evolving with every monitor, transitioning from primitive varieties to extra complicated ones. This was an important purpose for persevering with. To acquire a deeper understanding of sound, I took up deejaying and have become a resident at a membership, enjoying 2-3 instances every week. This gave me the chance to check my music, and it was an exquisite expertise.

Has the full-scale invasion modified your setup and the best way you concentrate on music and sound typically and has it had an influence in your playlist?

At the time of the invasion, I used to be already an achieved musician and producer, however now, once I replicate on conflict themes I can add the sounds of explosions and sirens to my compositions, though typically I do what I did earlier than the conflict.

My setup is a laptop computer and headphones, each earlier than the conflict and after, nevertheless it wasn’t at all times like that, I had a studio with a number of synthesizers, drum machines, results processors. This was an vital expertise that led me to the purpose at which I’m now. The conflict modified me, however not my playlist, my musical preferences have been fashioned over many years, maybe that is the rationale for my steadfastness.

You launched two albums over the previous few months underneath your monikers Dubplanet X and Pitch Patrol. Have each albums been produced solely after the full-scale invasion and in that case has the present scenario influenced their sound in any approach?

The conflict influenced the organizational side of labor on releases, and partly the content material. I started to worth time and make extra assured choices, I see how puzzles are remodeled into an image.

Work on Minimalni Privatni lasted for about 3 years, and earlier than the conflict I had no thought how you can launch this materials, what tracks ought to be included within the album. This album was largely influenced by my collaboration with the digital mission Foa Hoka. I created 2 albums for them, and gained plenty of helpful expertise for myself, which I utilized in lots of compositions.

If we speak about NEVIDOMI, I created this launch fairly shortly, over 3 weeks. I needed to present a way of safety to those that are consistently at risk, who hear horrible sounds and see dying. My music is a component of recent Ukrainian tradition, a mirrored image of the truth wherein I stay.

What influence has the full-scale invasion had each in your private {and professional} life?

War evokes horror and worry, it’s actually scary, countless casualties and destruction. It has affected my character, however it’s nonetheless obscure the size of it, it’s an ongoing course of. Now I respect the time spent with household and mates, I stay within the second and get psychological aid from working onerous, it retains me in line, so sure, it has affected my private life and in addition, partly, my skilled actions.

Where are you now and have you ever been displaced by conflict at any level?

I’m now in Chernihiv, I used to be proper there for the primary month of the conflict, being underneath heavy shelling, with out mild and water, and with out understanding how lengthy this might take, so the choice was made to go away town by means of humanitarian corridors, I headed to Kyiv, which at the moment was additionally subjected to heavy shelling, nevertheless it was somewhat safer there. After being there for a while, I acquired a suggestion from mates to go to Uzhhorod, I agreed, after residing there for some time, I met individuals who have been concerned in charity occasions, so I turned a part of a stand-up sequence present, we collected cash for numerous funds to assist the wounded, I collaborated with them till we left for Chernihiv

Have you observed any adjustments in your sonic setting for the reason that full-scale invasion?

I observed that some noises trigger me nervousness. I attempt to work on these fears, convert these sounds into results for tracks. The nervousness doesn’t subside, however I shortly come to grasp what precisely the sound was: a motorbike, a robust wind, or thunder, however the first response is at all times alarming, it’s a must to react to all sounds.

Are there any Ukrainian releases from the previous 12 months that you simply really feel have helped you to make sense of present occasions?

So much turned clear after 2014 and a few of my mates who took half within the Revolution of Dignity even went to Donbass. Generally talking, a few of the latest releases may make clear the main points of present occasions, however typically an understanding of the general scenario has lengthy been fashioned.

How do you are feeling concerning the inclusion of “conflict sounds” in latest releases by Ukrainian artists and are there any particular sounds you discover triggering?

It sounds too exaggerated, and that is regular for an audio marketing campaign. These compositions are extra geared toward Western listeners, I don’t know individuals who hearken to them in Ukraine.

How do you see the digital music scene growing underneath current circumstances in Ukraine?

I believe the Ukrainian scene is at a really early level of formation, as a result of lack of correct media assist – all the things is occurring at a sluggish tempo. If we speak about my metropolis (Chernihiv), the place 300,000 folks stay, now we have no golf equipment or digital occasions in any respect.

After a 12 months and half for the reason that full-scale invasion, what would you say the West nonetheless will get flawed about Ukraine?

As I see it, army help is critical, however inadequate, and the West has its personal causes for this.



Anton Malinovskiy

I used to be born within the small city Snihurivka  – it’s within the south of Ukraine, within the Mykolaiv area. I’ve been working as a journalist for about 7 years, I’ve been engaged in up to date artwork for about 5 years and music for six months.

As you’ll be able to perceive, I don’t have plenty of musical expertise, I began doing it solely in May 2023. Then I spent plenty of time with my pal Max [Максим Баєв] and we joked so much about the truth that you can begin writing noise, purely for enjoyable. Max already had a musical previous, and I didn’t perceive something about it.

But regularly the joke became curiosity and I began listening to plenty of noise and experimental music (largely Ukrainian). Then I assumed that it was sufficient for me to hear, I needed to create and put a few of my very own meanings into it, so I began to review music little by little and to write down it. Here I instantly need to thank the identical Max, as a result of his recommendation was and stays essential for me.

And though I’ve been doing music for a short while, I can’t say that it’s one thing fully new. That is, sure, the shape and media are new, however the essence stays the identical – I proceed to create conceptual artwork, it’s simply that whereas earlier than it was visible, now it has moved to an audio format. After all, any monitor is a separate work with its personal that means, spectrum of feelings and emotions that it could evoke, identical to within the visible conceptual artwork that I’m extra used to.

picture by katya drozd

Has the full-scale invasion modified your setup and the best way you concentrate on music and sound typically, and has it had an influence in your playlist?

Yes, it has modified so much. If we speak particularly concerning the perspective to music, then sure, all the things has modified radically, as a result of it was in these circumstances that I started not solely to hearken to music, but additionally to create it – that’s why the perspective actually modified. However, I stay a listener as effectively, and there was a interval someday in the summertime of 2022 when music helped me so much to maintain me grounded and never let my psychological well being issues devour me.

Speaking of the playlist, the adjustments have been additionally drastic. Now it in all probability consists of 90 p.c of Ukrainian performers, and one other 10 goes to numerous artists from Japan, Australia, Germany, and many others. What has fully disappeared from there are russian performers. Yes, sadly, earlier than the full-scale invasion I listened to some russian artists, nevertheless, now I think about it a direct sponsorship of the aggression, as a result of cash from royalties by means of taxes is remodeled into rockets.

Anton Malinovskiy – from the sequence “Street”

You are additionally an artist and again within the fall of 2021 you posted the video Краткая схема Апокалипсиса (A Brief Outline of the Apocalypse), the place you hinted on the inevitability of the looming tragedy. How ready would you say you have been to the full-scale invasion?

I very often take into consideration some international issues, as now I typically take into consideration attainable choices for the event of occasions, considering two main wars already. Then it was additionally like that, I paid consideration to the coronavirus, the russian military on the borders, huge forest fires – and thought “possibly issues should not so cool.”

And initially of 2022, I wrote a number of articles about whether or not there can be a conflict, and there was plenty of communication with numerous kinds of army or military-related folks. Many of them stated: everybody ought to resolve prematurely what they may do if a full-scale conflict breaks out. If the reply is to go to a safer place, then it’s good to put together all the things prematurely.

Therefore, throughout the first explosions, my girlfriend and I had a plan to go away Kharkiv (we lived there on the time of the full-scale invasion), which we carried out by leaving for the Cherkasy area.

Does this imply I used to be prepared for a full scale invasion? Formally, sure. In truth, no, as a result of it’s unimaginable to be ready for the truth that your whole earlier life can be destroyed in a single second. To be trustworthy, I don’t even know if anybody was mentally prepared for this.

Where are you now and have you ever been displaced by conflict at any level?

Now I stay in Lviv, earlier than the full-scale invasion I lived in Kharkiv. I didn’t need to depart there, I had an awesome neighborhood there, a bunch of mates, and an understanding of what I would like from life.

Due to a full-scale invasion, all of it disappeared, so I needed to journey across the nation somewhat in quest of myself. I lived in Odesa, Kyiv and now I finished in Lviv. I really feel good right here, as a result of right here I discovered excellent individuals who have develop into near me and an attention-grabbing neighborhood. By the best way, I plan to regularly present this neighborhood to Ukraine and the world, creating thematic occasions with experimental music – so there are plenty of attention-grabbing issues forward.


You launched two albums over the previous 12 months, 90 seconds to midnight and afterlove. What are you able to inform us about their manufacturing course of and the way influenced are these works by the conflict each by way of sound and idea?

In truth, the method of making music is normally very fast and straightforward for me. That is, I can go every week or two with out writing a single melody, after which the idea and sound are put collectively in my head and I write an album in three days. For occasion, afterlove, was actually written in three days. This is a form of lyrical introduction, wherein I perceive the subject of affection and all the things that occurs after it. I believe it’s vital to speak about such matters throughout the conflict, as a result of if not now, when?

By the best way, the following album can be concerning the seek for a metaphorical backyard – a spot of full concord, which can also be vital within the present circumstances. This launch, nevertheless, is just not so “fast”, I’ve been engaged on it for greater than a month.

90 seconds to midnight – this launch was already far more related with the conflict. Even with two. It was written as a response to the unfold of aggression on the planet. Now, along with russia’s conflict towards Ukraine, a Hamas assault on Israel has been added, which entails a attainable escalation of the battle if Iran intervenes there by means of its proxy forces and the United States, which these proxy forces have been upsetting for a number of weeks.

Looking at this, one involuntarily thinks that such occasions can result in the Third World War. And it’s scary to even suppose what it could be like. Actually, that is what I’m serious about on this launch, as a result of “90 seconds to midnight” is the time proven by the Doomsday Clock.

picture by by olya koval

Are there any Ukrainian releases from the previous 12 months and a half that you simply really feel can assist make sense of present occasions?

The first – “vomit the guts neglect the thoughts” by John Object. He is considered one of many musicians who went to defend Ukraine with weapons in hand. He recorded this composition on a damaged piano in one of many front-line cities throughout his service. I used to be extremely impressed by the facility of this music.

The second is “Russia Delenda Est” by Ivan Skoryna. This is the work of my pal, whom I tremendously respect for her political activism and place. Actually, the title of the monitor is an interpretation of the expression Carthago delenda est – Carthage have to be destroyed. For me, it is a army march for our folks.

Anton Malinovskiy – from the sequence “Street”

How do you are feeling concerning the inclusion of “conflict sounds” in latest releases by Ukrainian artists and are there any particular sounds you discover triggering? Also, how do you are feeling about bayraktar-core music?

I’m very, very, very towards the inclusion of standard “sounds of conflict” in tracks. The identical applies to using such sounds at exhibitions and so forth. Because the conditional sound of an air alarm can develop into a set off for an individual with PTSD inflicting a most damaging expertise – I actually witnessed such a scenario when a lady heard the sound of an alarm at an exhibition and he or she began having a panic assault. In this matter, one have to be very delicate and perceive that not all the things might be executed for the sake of hype.

And bayraktar-kor is, after all, a separate sort of “love”. In normal, I perceive that on the time of the start of a full-scale invasion, such music was wanted to assist the final combating spirit of the folks, to indicate unity, and so forth. But when it continues into the second 12 months of a full-scale invasion, it’s already form of bizarre. Just parasitizing on the subject of conflict, nothing extra.

Has the position of music in Ukraine shifted from considered one of leisure to embody the expression of id, communication, and emotional and bodily survival?

Yes, I believe so. Although it’s in all probability not value counting on my opinion, as a result of I’m primarily fascinated about underground initiatives, the place such matters are sometimes of main significance, it’s tough for me to say a lot about standard pop music.

But, positively, Ukrainian music has develop into an important cultural marker. We develop, we develop into self-aware, we discover and present our id. And this is essential to do, as a result of it’s tradition that varieties a nation, I imagine. This is what is going to present the world how we differ from the russians and why they aren’t the identical factor, that is what is going to present that we can’t discover a widespread language with them – and can clarify why. Because we’re fully totally different, and music can present this.

You have addressed a sequence of conflict associated matters in your efficiency artwork together with “widespread tongue” concerning the false impression that Ukrainians and “ruzzians” must discover a widespread language, and “behind the barrier” which takes the sandbags used to guard monument in Ukraine as a metaphor for emotional remoteness. What would you say the West nonetheless will get flawed about Ukraine and may artwork and / or music be simpler as an explainer than many phrases?

First of all, I’m very grateful to Europe and different allies for his or her assist and sensitivity to the Ukrainians who got here to your international locations, you’re saving multiple life. But sure, there are some individuals who for some purpose misunderstand the essence of this conflict, they suppose that it’s attainable to agree on one thing with the russians, that it’s attainable to present them territory or one thing else. No you cannot. This is our land, for which our folks give their lives. If the russian authorities come right here, it will likely be hell for all residents. Because occupation is just not peace, it’s a huge focus camp.

Therefore, I convey my opinion as finest I can – by means of artwork or music. Some folks do it in different methods, however that is could personal approach. It is tough for me to name such strategies simpler than phrases, as a result of they’re metaphorical photographs – with out reinforcement with phrases, they in all probability gained’t work as effectively. But they may positively make you concentrate on what’s already good.

picture by eva fomitskih

Has the sonic setting you reside in modified in any respect for the reason that full-scale invasion?

I can positively say that my notion of sounds modified, and this occurred in a number of levels. The first stage, evidently the listening to obtained worse. You hearken to see if one thing is flying, if there are any explosions, and so forth. Then you start to be frightened even by some easy sounds comparable to a slamming door.

And then the second stage got here to me, when explosions turned one thing of a daily prevalence – this was throughout my life in Kyiv within the fall and winter of 2022. At that point, russia fairly actively shelled town and all of Ukraine as an entire. The explosions turned one thing so acquainted that sooner or later I finished even being attentive to them and went out into the hall. Now by some means loud sounds are perceived otherwise. It’s as in the event that they don’t exist. The solely thought (if it’s not an explosion) – oh, it’s good to document it after which course of it by some means.

Which guide / movie / album / music / conventional dish / podcast / weblog / art work / constructing / meme finest captures Ukraine for you?

Here I’ll make a disclaimer: I’ll let you know concerning the meme that finest displays Ukraine, in my view, however it isn’t the meme that I like 🙂

Just a little background: within the fall of 2022, Margo Reznik, an artist from Kyiv, and I did a mission for a residency wherein we explored memes. There, we simply raised the query of which memes replicate Ukraine. We got here to the conclusion that some of the influential memes is “russian warship – go fuck your self”.

It was an extremely unifying motion when it started to unfold by means of the community and even reached the official Ukrainian authorities rhetoric. Therefore, objectively, the meme that unfold to all ranges of the state might be known as the one which finest explains it.

By the best way, it nonetheless lives, for instance, in some postironic interpretations.

Who ought to I interview subsequent and what ought to I ask them?

Prince Buba. This is identical Max with whom we began making experimental music. He is a musician who performed in punk bands in Luhansk till 2014, and now he typically interprets the world and his expertise by means of the prism of metamodernism in experimental music. I extremely advocate speaking to him about reminiscence and his approach of trying on the world.

P.S. The combine I’m attaching incorporates tracks from the 90 seconds to midnight EP, in addition to just a few tracks from the upcoming album it’s all concerning the backyard, which can be launched round mid november.




Sony Synth

My title is Borys, I come from town of Dnipro. My background in music is relatively easy – I didn’t research music idea nor did a music diploma however I used to be at all times fascinated with music and sound itself. I began making music in 2015 once I heard one hip-hop monitor for the primary time and thought to myself that I need to make one thing comparable. Fast ahead to 2019 I visited my first underground digital music membership in Zaporizhzhia metropolis and was so hypnotised and amazed by the complexity, concord and association of sounds in every monitor that I obtained impressed to start out and hold making digital music. And in the identical 12 months I launched my first EP – PURA.

Has the full-scale invasion modified the best way you concentrate on music and sound typically, and has it had an influence in your playlist?

I’d say so, sure. My playlist positively turned extra eclectic and the sound of my tracks turned extra broad. I began making hard-hitting storage, breakbeats, plenty of rominimal and hypnose-induced tracks in addition to old-school hip-hop.

picture by Nastia Rogoza

You are at the moment primarily based in Manchester. What has your expertise of February 24, 2022 been like?

It was very chaotic and surprising. I used to be in Kyiv on the time and fortuitously sufficient my father was there as effectively. I woke as much as the loud knocking on my door at 6:00 am. As I opened it my father instructed me that the conflict had began. At that point my thoughts was speeding and my coronary heart was racing as I heard fighter jets flying by and explosions going off, so I packed all of my requirements (that are my music gear items; funnily sufficient, I even forgot a few of my very important identification) and we began going again to my house metropolis – Dnipro.

As somebody residing within the UK, how would you say the Ukrainian digital music scene is perceived in a global context?

Depends on the nation general. For occasion, I do know Berlin is aware of very effectively about Ukrainian rave tradition and the underground scene, for the reason that kinds are form of comparable. Here within the UK I haven’t met many individuals who know concerning the Ukrainian scene specifically however they know Ukrainian artists. I’m certain I’ll discover some extra connoisseurs very quickly.

Photo by Nastia Rogoza

Are there any Ukrainian releases from the previous 12 months and a half that you simply really feel can assist make sense of present occasions?

Yes. I’ve seen plenty of labels and artists launch totally different EPs, albums, singles and normal initiatives in assist of Ukraine. One launch that stands out for me is Love for Ukraine by H24 Musique which might be discovered on Bandcamp. They have been capable of join enormous artists that determined to assist the trigger and donate their tracks for this enormous and influential compilation, test it out! Also Peshka, who’s a DJ and producer from Mariupol, has been doing plenty of stuff to unfold data on what’s going on in Ukraine. JorDee and David Kareyan are additionally honorable mentions.

How do you are feeling concerning the inclusion of “conflict sounds” in latest releases by Ukrainian artists and are there any particular sounds you discover triggering? Also, how do you are feeling about bayraktar-core music?

The entire sonic setting of Ukraine has modified for the reason that conflict began so it’s only pure for musicians, artists and sound designers to seize this transformation and implement it into their artwork for various causes. I’m fortunate sufficient to haven’t developed any triggers or PTSD from what is occurring in the intervening time however I do know those who did.

Regarding bayraktar-core, in my view, there’s a very skinny line between expressing your self, your true emotions and feelings by means of artwork and utilizing conflict as a lift in your profession. Some songs turned virtually like nationwide anthems, as a result of they’re real, whereas others simply really feel manufactured and contrived.

picture by Sophie Tsarenko

What would you say the West nonetheless will get flawed about Ukraine and have you ever had any awkward conversations concerning the present scenario in Ukraine with the UK mates and acquaintances?

The conflict is being portrayed otherwise relying on the area. Even although the narrative could possibly be comparable and proper, some issues could possibly be closely twisted and tweaked. All in all, lots of people right here within the UK, and different international locations as effectively, consider it as a fancy problem and are a bit misplaced on the topic. But nearly all of them perceive that Ukraine is a heroic nation that’s doing the precise factor.

Who ought to I interview subsequent and what ought to I ask them?

Definitely attain out to JorDee and Peshka. As effectively as the fellows from Freeture (@freeture.music on Instagram) – Yung Berkut and Lucian Forseti.





I’m Andrii Sokolov, an digital musician, producer, sound engineer and designer from Kyiv. In addition to normal monitor manufacturing, I participated in theater performances and wrote music for them. Together with my colleagues, I created trendy digital soundtracks for silent archival movies of the Oleksandr Dovzhenko Studio and offered them stay. I additionally created charity live performance excursions, wrote music for promoting and made sound design for some initiatives.

Has the full-scale invasion modified your worldview and the best way you concentrate on music and sound typically, and has it affected your playlist?

Of course, the full-scale invasion has modified all of us, together with me. Now the Ukrainian persons are extra united than ever. At least the acutely aware a part of it. Very polar feelings are boiling inside everybody, from unity, want for justice, sturdy empathy for the defenders, despair and grief on the losses to hatred and rage in the direction of the enemy, nervousness for our personal and worry throughout huge missile assaults on our cities. Such feelings push me fairly removed from the interior steadiness I may afford in peacetime. Therefore, my very own music is now changing into a relatively therapeutic software. Basically a canvas on which I can throw out what’s effervescent up inside with sound. It actually modified the sound right into a extra assertive and dramatic one on the identical time. Whole instrumental tales come out. But the playlist, quite the opposite, has modified simply within the course of extra soothing, viscous and ambient tracks, as a result of there’s sufficient depth of feelings round.

In January 2023, you launched your solo album unplugged. What are you able to inform us about its manufacturing course of and the way a lot did the full-scale invasion affect the creation of its sound?

I delayed my very own launch for a really very long time as a result of I used to be at all times concerned in lots of initiatives on the identical time. That’s why my good pal from Wroclaw gave me a birthday current… a deadline)). I took it as a problem and set to work. And then the large shelling of the Ukrainian vitality infrastructure started – the nation plunged right into a blackout. And I discovered myself in a darkish room on the seventeenth flooring with out heating, water, or web. I cooked on the balcony with a vacationer’s cooking range and throughout the hours when the facility was on, I washed dishes, cleaned, saved water and labored, and charged the facility station, which may energy a laptop computer and one synthesizer for a number of hours. Then the sunshine would exit once more and I’d sit all the way down to make music. My home windows overlook the forest, with Irpin and Bucha past. I couldn’t have wished for extra excellent circumstances for reflecting on damaging feelings. I met the deadline, describing the entire maelstrom of feelings of the time in 6 tracks – so my pal paid for the technical work on the discharge.

You have launched three albums along with Anton Slepakov. In explicit, the final one, Varniakany, turned some of the poignant albums concerning the present scenario. Could you describe how you’re employed collectively and the way you approached the creation of music for Anton’s lyrics on this explicit case?

When the full-scale invasion started, after all all of us didn’t imagine it, it was unrealistic for civilized humanity within the twenty first century, when there are extra severe challenges dealing with all of humanity. However, I used to be capable of shortly become involved in work and volunteering, however Anton was in a form of stupor for about a few weeks. And once I noticed his first submit with a poem on Facebook, I spotted that Anton had began to replicate and I recommended that we are able to use the same old methodology (poetry and digital music) to replicate on the occasions of the conflict, no less than for ourselves, however regularly. So we began releasing about 2 tracks each 2 weeks. Anton got here to my home on foot to document vocals, we blended all of it and launched it on bandcamp. People began shopping for these tracks, as a result of as they stated it was the primary music they may hearken to within the new actuality. We donated the cash we earned by promoting tracks to the army and volunteers we knew, and we nonetheless achieve this as we speak. At the top of spring 2022, we gave our first live performance within the basement of the volunteer headquarters, after which the second in public. So far, the mission has performed about 70 concert events, a number of excursions, together with a European tour in cities in Poland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway.

How vital are visuals in your musical apply?

For a recent artist, I believe it’s important. That’s why all my performances are at all times accompanied by visuals. Conditionally, you create a world into which your listener plunges. And on this world, your viewers shouldn’t be blind. This is a complete method. And if know-how involves contain different sensory channels, I can be pleased to make use of them as effectively.

Where are you at the moment positioned and have you ever been displaced by conflict at any level?

I’ve been in Kyiv for the reason that starting of the conflict. Just like in peacetime, I go to my family within the metropolis of Dnipro and in addition had excursions throughout Ukraine. In these 12 months and a half, I’ve been on tour 5 instances in Europe, however my interior feeling is that I ought to be in Ukraine proper now.

Are there any Ukrainian releases from the final 12 months and a half that you simply suppose can assist us perceive present occasions?

There are plenty of such releases, however I’d personally spotlight Palindrom’s album Вигадано в черзі (Invented within the Queue), the only “Next” by Kurs Valüt (Dnipro), plenty of indignant and assertive movement from Kyiv rapper Rusiiick, and lots of others.

Based on the earlier questions, are there any particular tracks, albums, artists, or genres that you simply affiliate with sure moments or occasions within the improvement of the full-scale invasion that you simply discover tough to hearken to now?

I can’t consider one, besides that the final temper and sound of the music I hearken to has develop into softer and extra viscous. The actuality is {that a} slamming door involuntarily makes you duck and transfer away from the window, so I wouldn’t need to “irritate my PTSD” much more within the music I hearken to).

How do you are feeling concerning the inclusion of “sounds of conflict” in latest releases by Ukrainian artists and are there any particular sounds that evoke sure associations for you? Also, how do you are feeling about bayraktar music?

To be trustworthy, I don’t have an excellent perspective in the direction of it. In some areas of Ukraine, sirens and explosions occur a number of instances a day. Adding this to the music is by some means an excessive amount of.

Bayraktarshchyna exists by some means in parallel, I simply observed that it exists and that’s all. It doesn’t arouse my curiosity in any respect.

Has the position of music in Ukraine modified from leisure to expression of id, communication, emotional and bodily survival?

For probably the most half, it has. At least for the artists I comply with. The greatest capabilities of latest Ukrainian music I’d spotlight are reflection, remedy, and uplifting the spirit of the folks.

Of course it has. What I take pleasure in most is simply the silence, with out the app’s alerts of air raids, sirens, and explosions. This is a luxurious from the previous. But the truth is usually totally different. Especially not within the capital. I lately gave a efficiency in Kharkiv, and at evening, the explosion from the arrival of a missile occurred 20 seconds after the alarm was introduced. You don’t even have time to get away from bed.

What do you suppose the West nonetheless will get flawed about Ukraine?

I believe it’s simply that the West doesn’t absolutely perceive the context. To understand it, it’s good to have this expertise. And you actually don’t want that on anybody. Europeans who come right here and study the wartime have somewhat little bit of an thought. But simply take my phrase for it – it’s horrible. Every day persons are disadvantaged of their lives, youngsters, family, properties. It is hell. The cruelty with which the occupiers do that is particularly shocking. Torture, bullying, rape, traps with explosives, huge mining of the territories. Or have a look at the prisoners of conflict that Ukraine is returning to russia and the people who find themselves being returned to us. These pictures say all of it with out phrases. The civilized world shouldn’t have discovered itself on this scenario, nevertheless it did. So I would really like everybody to grasp that russia’s appetites don’t finish with Ukraine. I actually don’t need to take into consideration eventualities of who can be subsequent within the worst-case state of affairs.

What guide/film/album/music/conventional dish/podcast/weblog/art work/constructing/meme finest represents Ukraine to you?

Book: for me, it’s now 2 elements of Ukraїner, a really attention-grabbing research of every area of Ukraine
Movie: from the present “20 Days in Mariupol” – each Ukrainian and the entire world ought to see it. The Associated Press workers risked their lives for this footage within the now-destroyed metropolis
Album: I’d advocate listening to The Road by DakhaBrakha for many who haven’t but executed so. Qirim by Jamala. And from the precise, though it’s not very modest, I’d advocate Warнякання – we lately blended it for a vinyl launch and I listened to all of it collectively. It’s gorgeous.
Track: Palindrom feat. Ship Her Son’s single “It’s Not So Bad” – very a lot within the spirit of the current, with a robust sound and a colourful emotional part
Dish: For those that are attending to know Ukraine, I’d historically advise you to attempt home made borsch – a classics that brings you again to your childhood like a mom’s hug)) Also Transcarpathian banosh, and for desserts, in all probability Galician cheesecake someplace in a espresso store in Lviv.
Architecture: one thing like:
– Fedkovych National University in Chernivtsi
– The actor’s home in Kyiv and the home with chimeras additionally in Kyiv
– The State Industry Building in Kharkiv
Meme: a nonetheless related “Russian ship” that has lastly reached the place the place it belongs.

Who ought to I interview subsequent and what ought to I ask them?

– Anton Slepakov is my pal and co-author of Warнякання.
– Yevhenia Vidishcheva is a really gifted and hardworking younger theater director and producer.
– Stanislav Ivashchenko [si_process Ukrainian Field Notes IX] is a really attention-grabbing one-man-band performer who combines stay drums and high-quality digital music.



Performing in Kyiv

seraphina & no justice

My title is Anna and I’m the particular person behind seraphina & no justice. I’m from Kharkiv. I began finding out music on the age of seven once I was despatched to a music faculty. After graduating from music faculty, I additionally studied on the school of arts. What I studied there was primarily classical music and classical singing (and somewhat jazz in school). I gained some music idea data and an outlook, nevertheless it wasn’t precisely the sector I needed to work in. At the age of 19 I made a decision to attempt my hand at digital music. Electronic music has been my ardour since I used to be an adolescent, and I was somewhat shy about it as a result of there have been no folks with comparable tastes in my setting. At a sure level, I merely realized that this was my life and solely I must stay it, and I made a decision to do what my soul was striving for.

Has the full-scale invasion modified your setup and the best way you concentrate on music and sound typically, and has it had an influence in your playlist?

Not actually. I believe that nothing has modified right here.

The first day of the conflict, I’m house alone in Kharkiv with my household’s canine

You simply launched the album Embodiment, which is the fourth work of yours to come back out for the reason that full-scale invasion, if I’m not mistaken. Could you give us an thought of your manufacturing course of underneath current circumstances and is the method cathartic to you? Also, you employ snippets of spoken phrases in your music, how do you go about choosing these texts?

My manufacturing course of is nearly the identical as ordinary. Most of the music was made in my present condo in Kyiv, some was made whereas touring. There are additionally numerous area recordings from totally different locations, cities and international locations. Music is just about the one factor that offers me the motivation to stay when all the things else can disappear at any second.

Me and the outsider avenue artwork in Kharkiv

The collection of the texts… effectively, this course of could be very emotional and irrational. Words should not the first factor in my music, they’re relatively one other instrument. Some of them have been heard someplace and recorded, some have been born in my head, some have been written by my mates. These are ideas, fragments of somebody’s consciousness, components of somebody’s life. It’s one thing about eternity.

Where are you now and have you ever been displaced by conflict at any level?

I’m at the moment residing in Kyiv. I moved right here in March 2022, when it was nonetheless underneath assault. But after the liberation of the Kyiv area, all the things turned calmer and life started to return to town.

How do you are feeling concerning the inclusion of “conflict sounds” in latest releases by Ukrainian artists and are there any particular sounds you discover triggering? Also, how do you are feeling about bayraktar-core music?

I used some “conflict sounds” myself in my EP Ukrainian Nightmare (largely the stretched air-raid siren sound). I imagine it’s okay to make use of them on an affordable scale, when it’s good to symbolize a sure frame of mind, feelings, expertise.

I despise bayractar-core music as a result of it’s very primitive and downplays the horrors of conflict, however I absolutely perceive the rationale why it exists.

Street artwork in Kharkiv

Has the position of music in Ukraine shifted from considered one of leisure to embody the expression of id, communication, and emotional and bodily survival?

I imagine it has. And it’s no extra related to make music only for leisure, each artist tries so as to add no less than somewhat that means (even when there’s none). I really feel that individuals within the music neighborhood have develop into nearer to one another and present extra mutual assist, and that’s precisely what we’d like in these darkish instances.

Has the sonic setting you reside in modified in any respect for the reason that full-scale invasion?

The days really feel like ordinary, solely there are fewer folks. If there is no such thing as a missile assault, then the nights are extremely quiet. I hear nothing once I open the window at evening. Because of the curfew, there are not any noisy drunken crowds or motorcyclists on the road. But generally there are missiles, air protection, drones, sirens and different issues.

Picture taken on the road in March 2022 when Kyiv was nonetheless underneath assault

What would you say the West nonetheless will get flawed about Ukraine?

Apart from the actually vital army and humanitarian provides, there are numerous misunderstandings. I believe that plenty of abnormal folks of the West haven’t comprehend  the tragedy which is occurring proper now, they see it extra like a sport the place it is best to decide a facet, or a style development that can quickly be outdated. It actually hurts once I see that mind-set. I’m undecided there’s something we are able to do about it. We simply need to hold combating.

Which guide / movie / album / music / conventional dish / podcast / weblog / art work / constructing / meme finest captures Ukraine for you?

Quite a lot of issues. We have so many memes, I don’t even keep in mind all of them.
I just like the artist Mykhailo Skop (NEIVANMADE). His artworks completely seize Ukraine for me.
There’s the movie “The Lost Letter” (“Пропала грамота”) which actually is without doubt one of the finest Ukrainian movies and it is rather near depicting the soul of Ukraine.

Who ought to I interview subsequent and what ought to I ask them?

I see you already interviewed plenty of Ukrainian artists, so this query is tough.
My gifted pal Konstantin Poveda, he’s a modular synth fanatic!




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Hey everybody, I’m Artem Baburin, aka SEPTIM. Thank you very a lot for the invitation. My journey on the planet of music began again in my childhood once I started to study the violin at a music faculty. After ending faculty, I performed in a youth ensemble orchestra and carried out on huge levels in Ukraine. However, I made a decision to not pursue a conservatory after faculty and as an alternative enrolled in college to develop into a sound engineer. That’s when my profession as a sound engineer and sound designer started over 10 years in the past once I first delved into the world of films, commercials, and music initiatives.

I had been experimenting with music composition for some time, nevertheless it was only some years in the past that I spotted I needed to do it professionally and proceed to develop on this area. Now, I create not solely digital music but additionally soundtracks for films, commercials, and extra. Then, I felt the urge to be again on stage, identical to in my childhood once I performed the violin, so I began deejaying, and I’m extremely keen about it proper now. I hope these emotions by no means depart me!

picture by By Alona Dziuba

Has the full-scale invasion modified your setup and the best way you concentrate on music and sound typically, and has it had an influence in your playlist?

In instances like conflict, plenty of issues change. Some doorways in life shut, whereas others open. I gained’t go into an excessive amount of element concerning the conflict, however throughout this time, my perspective on my wants and needs, in addition to my sense of time, has shifted considerably. It’s like all the things has develop into clearer, and I’ve come to grasp myself higher. I’ve gained a imaginative and prescient of what I actually need to do in life. I’ve determined to take my music extra severely and professionally. My pal and I arrange a music studio to take our manufacturing to an entire new stage, and I lastly began studying educational music composition.

russian music has fully disappeared from my playlists, although there wasn’t a lot of it to start with. Right now, I’m diving into the world of soundtracks. The soundtrack style, typically, is extremely fascinating to me as a result of it has no restrictions on musical fashion. Composers can create something, nevertheless they need, so long as the music units the temper. Every soundtrack is an attention-grabbing story and an thrilling journey for me.

In digital music, I’ve additionally broadened my horizons, particularly in the case of the native scene. I’ve found some cool Ukrainian artists for myself.

You lately launched the EP Hero along with Xymera. What are you able to inform us concerning the manufacturing course of? Also, the title tracks appear to be programmatic, “Gothic”; “Queers”; “Mass”; and “Hero”. What was the idea behind the EP?

Once, I used to be invited to create a monitor for a gothic erformance by Xymera throughout a techno occasion. I gladly accepted as a result of I beloved all the things about it – techno events, gothic vibes, efficiency artwork, and the chance to provide music for it. That’s how the primary monitor, “Gothic,” got here into being. The efficiency was incredible, and it led to extra invites to different occasions. So, I ended up composing three extra tracks for various events with this efficiency ballet. Each monitor was like a novel manufacturing with its personal costumes, message, and objective. That’s why all of the tracks on this EP are somewhat totally different. It was an extremely rewarding expertise collaborating with such gifted people, and I’m assured that we’ll work collectively once more sooner or later.

My studio

Aside out of your techno output as SEPTIM, you additionally compose soundtracks, most lately for the documentary Wounded Land. What are you able to inform us about your movie composing course of?

Talking about myself, I’ve at all times been drawn to soundtracks, and I’ve at all times needed to compose music for films or video games. While engaged on the Insiders Project with my mates, I wrote a number of tracks for it. My first full-length movie soundtrack was created in collaboration with the Ukrainian producer Dmytro Avksentiev aka Koloah for our documentary movie Breaking into Baikonur. (I’ll be releasing this album quickly).

Regarding Wounded Land, my pal, the cinematographer Artem, beneficial me to its director. They confronted points with music copyright, and so they needed me to create 45 minutes of music inside simply 35 days. It was undoubtedly a major problem for me. But I put aside different duties and immersed myself on this mission. Despite the difficulties, that month turned some of the attention-grabbing intervals of my life in a few years.

Also, there’s one character within the movie that talks about “War Depression”. This is when a person feels responsible as a result of they aren’t collaborating in a army operation. How widespread would you say is that this?

It’s onerous for me to speak particularly about “War Depression.” I, together with my mates, initially felt that approach initially of the conflict. We mentioned it a number of instances, nevertheless it shortly turned overshadowed by different emotions, and I not felt it. Such a dreadful conflict triggers numerous psychological points, much more severe than simply “conflict despair.” I’m satisfied that each particular person in Ukraine has suffered psychological trauma, even these whose households that haven’t been instantly affected by dying.

You have contributed to the latest Obskura compilation. What would you say are the important thing components for a profitable fundraising compilation?

I believe it’s an awesome collection of artists. Obskura label has already launched three compilations with a mixture of very attention-grabbing native and worldwide artists. I extremely advocate checking it out!

My canine

Where are you now and have you ever been displaced by conflict at any level?

Right now, I’m at house in Kyiv. During the primary week of the conflict, I used to be at a cottage close to Kyiv, after which I went with my household to my girlfriend’s dad and mom’ place close to Kropyvnytskyi metropolis. After a couple of month and a half, I returned house to Kyiv.

Are there any Ukrainian releases from the previous 12 months and a half that you simply really feel can assist make sense of present occasions?

One album that involves my thoughts instantly is Exploration Of Hidden Knowledge by Weird Rider. I actually loved that EP. I’m undecided if the conflict had any affect on the artist, however the album actually captures moods effectively. Also, the unimaginable monitor “Travesty of One’s Self” by our artist LVCERATE from the compilation Lethal Aid. And final however not least, the attention-grabbing compilation Construction vol. 2 by Kultura Medialna.

Me and my girlfriend Diana Batii

Following from the earlier questions, are there any particular tracks, albums, artists, or genres that evoke explicit moments or occasions within the improvement of the full-scale invasion for you and that you simply now discover tough to hearken to?

Honestly, there’s nothing like that, and I’m very glad about it. But as I discussed earlier, my sense of time and myself has by some means modified. I’ve began listening to extra music, analyzing and filtering it for myself. I don’t let something by means of that I don’t no less than barely take pleasure in; I don’t have time for that.

How do you are feeling concerning the inclusion of “conflict sounds” in latest releases by Ukrainian artists and are there any particular sounds you discover triggering? Also, how do you are feeling about bayraktar-core music?

It’s a fancy query as a result of each Ukrainian experiences this conflict otherwise. Some have misplaced all the things, whereas others have misplaced nothing. Some have grown uninterested in the sirens, whereas others expertise panic assaults each time they hear one. Personally, I don’t like these sounds; they evoke disagreeable emotions in me. But I perceive that some artists would possibly use them to affect overseas listeners. Our nation is determined by the assist of worldwide companions, so it’s important that the Ukrainian problem doesn’t get forgotten. That’s why tracks with such “sounds” could assist with this.

If there’s pop and mainstream music, there must also be bayraktar-core, why not? For me it’s extra meme music. I don’t hearken to it, so I can solely provide a normal opinion on the matter.

Has the position of music in Ukraine shifted from considered one of leisure to embody the expression of id, communication, and emotional and bodily survival?

Oh, sure, proper now Ukrainian society and artwork are quickly growing in a cultural sense, and it’s unimaginable. I see probably the most vital push by way of cultural id. It’s a pity {that a} main conflict needed to be the rationale for this, however that’s the way it turned out.

Ukrainian tradition has a really lengthy historical past, however for many of that historical past, it was oppressed and restricted. The most vital oppression got here from the russian Empire, the USSR, and russia.

Now, our tradition is experiencing a form of “rebirth,” and it’s essential for the federal government to assist tradition as a result of it has a profound influence on id, mentality, and the nation as an entire. Our tradition has so much to indicate and inform the world.

Has the sonic setting you reside in modified in any respect for the reason that full-scale invasion?

Over the course of greater than a 12 months and a half of full-scale conflict, you get used to many issues. But initially of the conflict, the sonic setting actually modified. The first sirens I heard sounded terrifying, after which got here the sounds of explosions, rockets, planes, helicopters, and so forth – enormous adrenaline rushes. During the primary week, I used to be at a rustic home close to Kyiv, near army actions, and we tried to talk quietly, keep away from making noise, and pay attention to what was taking place round us.
Then winter got here, and Kyiv sounded totally different. Due to assaults on important infrastructure, there have been many locations with out electrical energy, so the noise of mills was heard all over the place. For me, winter in Kyiv is related to the sound of mills. But in any other case, due to the titanic efforts of the Ukrainian army, all the things was as ordinary.

Now, once I stroll round Kyiv, I’m consistently full of nervousness, and all the colours don’t appear as vibrant. Maybe the sonic setting of Kyiv hasn’t modified, however my notion of it has. And I perceive that that is my actuality now, and I settle for it. These are unusual feelings, a wierd state, however they offer me some form of push to create music.

Wiev from my window once I got here to Kyiv

What would you say the West nonetheless will get flawed about Ukraine?

I get the sensation that many foreigners consider Ukraine as some a part of the USSR that broke away and have become impartial in 1991. I’ve traveled so much, and generally I’ve heard this narrative, however that’s not the case in any respect. Ukraine has a really lengthy historical past; we simply had the misfortune of getting russia as a neighbor, which has tried to destroy us all through its existence. Many outstanding Ukrainian figures have been claimed by Russia as their very own – writers like Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, artists like Ivan Aivazovsky, Ilya Repin, Kazimir Malevich, and others, from what I do know. If we think about scientists and different fields, I believe the listing could be even longer.

By the best way, the world’s first democratic structure was created by Ukrainian Hetman Pylyp Orlyk in 1710. Unfortunately, it didn’t absolutely come into power, nevertheless it signifies that over 300 years in the past, Ukrainians already had a imaginative and prescient of democracy.

So, I would like the West to take a look at us otherwise, however I perceive that we have to earn that respect. Right now, Ukrainians are working in the direction of that with their blood.

Oksana Mas – Sphere of Good and of Spiritual Renaissance

Which guide / movie / album / music / conventional dish / podcast / weblog / art work / constructing / meme finest captures Ukraine for you?

Composers – Mykola Leontovych, Boris Lyatoshynsky, and Serhiy Pilyutikov (who’s my present instructor. I lately attended the opening of the Ukrainian Philharmonic and heard his orchestral composition, which was unimaginable. I’m very excited to be finding out educational composition underneath his steerage).

Music – Braty Hadiukiny, Fantom 2.
Artists – Oksana Mas, Ivan Murchuk, Ilya Chichkan
Writers – Serhii Zhadan, Myroslav Dochynets
YouTube – Kult: Podcast (https://www.youtube.com/@kult_podcast) and T.G. Shevchenko (https://www.youtube.com/@imtgsh)

Who ought to I interview subsequent and what ought to I ask them?

I believe you’ll be able to converse with Nobody, he’s the very best Ukrainian beatbox artist and he’s additionally an enormous music producer. Now he’s engaged on his EP and its sounds wonderful.

Also, attempt to attain out to Mykyta Moiseiev. He’s a captivating particular person and an unimaginable movie composer. You can discover his work on SoundCloud.



NOVEMBER 13, 2023 – KYIV

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Oleksiy Hrachov – Sikta

My title is Oleksiy Hrachov. I’m from Kyiv. I’ve been making music for the reason that early 00s. I’ve performed in bands (I play the guitar) and made plenty of music solo, deejayed and performed stay digital units. I at all times discovered it onerous to stay to a specific style or sound, so you’ll find all types of music on my SoundCloud, from trip-hop and kraut-rock-inspired stuff to some experimental, noisy industrial.

I additionally construct Eurorack synth modules underneath the model Sitka Instruments.

Has the full-scale invasion modified your setup and the best way you concentrate on music and sound typically, and has it had an influence in your playlist?

My playlist didn’t change a lot, however I can’t say the identical concerning the setup.

I’ve spent the primary months of the full-scale invasion away from house and my ordinary setup. Making music on the laptop computer didn’t click on with me at the moment. However, I used to be bored throughout the lengthy air raid alerts and determined to discover how I may make music on my cellphone. The Cuistic app turned out to be a pleasant choice, so I wrote some tracks and sketches utilizing it.

On the opposite hand, later, I obtained into modular synths throughout the conflict. I had some {hardware} synths and groove packing containers earlier than, however I used to be somewhat afraid of entering into modular synths territory (I believe that’s a typical “worry”). So it’s kinda a factor from my “bucket listing”.

Could you introduce Sikta and provides us your perspective on the digital vs analogue debate inside the Ukrainian context?

Sitka began out as my digital music mission across the finish of 2021. I envisioned it as a dubby, noisy mix of damaged techno and jungle. But for the reason that full-scale invasion began, I discover it onerous to take a seat down and produce tracks, so there are not any official releases but; now, I spend extra time stay jamming and improvising “within the second” than sprucing and finalizing the recordings “for the long run” (though I’m slowly getting again to it).

I’m fairly a tinkerer, and since I obtained into modular synths, I began designing and constructing my very own modules. So lately, I additionally launched Sitka Instruments as a model for the modules I make.

As for the digital vs analogue, I believe it’s higher to border this debate as {hardware} vs software program (as plenty of trendy {hardware} synths are, the truth is, digital) and even broader – bodily vs digital. Physical stuff is normally extra enjoyable, nevertheless it’s a luxurious, particularly now in Ukraine. Lots of us stay with a packed backpack so we are able to depart house shortly when one thing occurs. I doubt that there are plenty of {hardware} synths or vinyl records in these backpacks. You don’t want vinyl to hearken to music, and these days, you can also make digital music even on a half-decent smartphone.

Where are you now and have you ever been displaced by conflict at any level?

I’m in my house in Kyiv, however I’ve spent the primary months of the full-scale invasion within the western a part of Ukraine.

Are there any Ukrainian releases from the previous 12 months and a half that you simply really feel can assist make sense of present occasions?

  • From Wreck And Ruin by Symonenko & Liza Aikin that’s comprised of the sector recordings from the primary days of the russian invasion.
  • Piano by John Object that was partly recorded on a piano within the deserted home close to the frontline.
  • Який день війни” by Stas Koroliov that has the lyrics composed from the questions Ukrainians have been looking in google at first of the full-scale conflict.

Following from the earlier questions, are there any particular tracks, albums, artists, or genres that evoke explicit moments or occasions within the improvement of the full-scale invasion for you and that you simply now discover tough to hearken to?

I listened so much to Being Human Being by Erik Truffaz & Murcof within the shelter throughout the air raid alerts within the first months. I wouldn’t say that it’s onerous for me to hearken to it now, nevertheless it does deliver up recollections.

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How do you are feeling concerning the inclusion of “conflict sounds” in latest releases by Ukrainian artists and are there any particular sounds you discover triggering? Also, how do you are feeling about bayraktar-core music?

I wouldn’t use them in my music, however I perceive that for some artists, they could be the technique of expression, so I’ve nothing towards it. I already talked about From Wreck And Ruin by Symonenko & Liza Aikin, that’s made virtually solely from “conflict sounds”.

It’s not particularly a conflict sound, however generally “riser” tones in digital music confuse me, making me suppose it’s an air raid siren.

As for “bayraktar-core”, I personally don’t prefer it, in addition to most synthetic mixes of “people” and “trendy” music (not solely Ukrainian). But if this music helps some address all the things that’s happening, then it’s nice. It could be attention-grabbing to revisit it after a decade to see the way it aged.

Has the position of music in Ukraine shifted from considered one of leisure to embody the expression of id, communication, and emotional and bodily survival?

Entertainment and self-expression are simply two sides of music; they’ve at all times been there. Both are equally vital, and I believe each are nonetheless current in Ukrainian music as we speak.

Has the sonic setting you reside in modified in any respect for the reason that full-scale invasion?

I don’t suppose it modified a lot, other than apparent stuff like air raid sirens and occasional explosions. The nights turned quieter, due to curfew. Last winter, throughout the blackouts, the sound of mills was an enormous a part of Kyiv’s soundscape.

What would you say the West nonetheless will get flawed about Ukraine?

Most folks from the “West” in my data bubble are very supportive. But generally, I see some speak concerning the “scenario in Ukraine” as if all this occurred by itself. It’s vital to do not forget that the “scenario” is, the truth is, the russian aggression towards Ukraine.

Which guide / movie / album / music / conventional dish / podcast / weblog / art work / constructing / meme finest captures Ukraine for you?

This query makes me understand how a lot I’m outdoors the loop in the case of something that’s not music 🙂 I’ll attempt to cowl no less than some elements.

Song – Океан Ельзи – “Я не здамся без бою” [Okean Elzy – I will not give up without a fight]

Traditional dish – Sushi (I believe it could depend as a Ukrainian dish)

Building – “Doctor’s House” in Kyiv.

Meme – Let’s choose the one not associated to conflict [see embedded image]

Who ought to I interview subsequent and what ought to I ask them?

Zelmershead, White Ward, Vadim Griboedov.



NOVEMBER 12, 2023 – KYIV

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Igor Glushko

My title is Igor Glushko, I used to be born in Kyiv in 1986, and am nonetheless primarily based on this metropolis which I like with all my coronary heart. Professionally talking, I’m main a double life: I’ve a full-time job within the IT firm, operating the 180-people sturdy outsource mission for a big US-based consumer, however I’ve additionally been concerned with the nightlife scene in various totally different roles for nearly 20 years now. I attended my first occasion on the age of 15, and doubtless round 2006 I organized my first-ever occasion, along with a bunch of mates.

I’ve additionally labored as a music journalist between 2008 and 2011, and by the 12 months 2013 I’d even have been a part of a number of totally different native promoter teams in Kyiv to various levels of success (however primarily unsuccessful, lol). That interval of failures and overly romantic view of the scene helped form the present model of my persona, and gave me tons of helpful expertise.

Since 2015, along with my companions Vera Logdanidi and Oleksandr Pavlenko, I’ve been operating Rhythm Büro, and am additionally the man behind the music label of the identical title. The identical 12 months I additionally turned a resident DJ at Closer, and I nonetheless maintain that residency as we speak.

Has the full-scale invasion modified your setup and the best way you concentrate on music and sound typically, and has it had an influence in your playlist?

I don’t suppose that my normal method to music or the best way I give it some thought has modified, however my “out-of-the-club” playlist has positively deviated from its earlier state. Firstly, I’ve to say that I finished listening to music fully after Feb twenty fourth 2022, and it took me practically 5 months to revive curiosity in it, and much more than that to return to purchasing records. Nowadays, in my each day routine and out of doors of the membership context I not often hear to accommodate or techno tracks, as my consideration naturally shifted to a extra numerous playlist. At house I’m extra more likely to put a needle on a Fela Kuti document, or an album from Sumac Dub or Thievery Corporation, than activate some membership sounds. This is just not some acutely aware determination, however one thing that occurred organically. I nonetheless deal with music as a practical instrument although, the one that may emphasize or change your temper, relying on circumstances. It could also be a considerably selfish method to music, however no less than I’m being trustworthy right here.

VA – There Will Be Light by Rhythm Büro Rec

You lead Rhythm Büro Rec which is releasing There Will Be Light, a compilation that delves into deep listening and ambient music. This is a double vinyl album that has been three years within the making and that mixes Ukrainian and worldwide artists comparable to Sebastian Mullaert, Anthony Rother, Priori, John Beltran, Vera Logdanidi, Na Nich and extra. Could you give us an thought of the logistics concerned and the way this mission developed underneath current circumstances?

The underlying thought was born a number of years in the past, maybe even within the pre-Covid instances. I needed to give you the compilation of non-danceable music that helps battle nervousness and offers the listener a bit of thoughts. I envisioned it like a soundtrack to the 90’s chillout rooms, which I by no means skilled myself. Then, across the late 2020, I began engaged on the mission: I ready an outline of the idea that I had in thoughts, accompanied it with some reference tracks, and despatched the preliminary few emails to a few of the artists whom I both knew personally or understood how you can get in contact with. At the time, I didn’t have the complete image in thoughts: I wasn’t certain if it was going to be an LP or 2xLP, I didn’t know what number of tracks I’d find yourself with, nor did I’ve a transparent deadline in thoughts. I believe that within the first part my method to this compilation was fairly laid again, however this modified in late 2022, once I began getting my shit collectively after the preliminary shock from the full-scale conflict breaking out in my nation. By Feb 2023, all of the tracks have been completed.

How do you see the Ukrainian digital scene growing underneath current circumstances?

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My private worldview through the years has at all times been such that the music scene shouldn’t be restricted by nationalities or the colour of your passport. While I positively agree that everywhere in the world there are totally different native flavors giving their influence on this or that scene, I consider the music neighborhood as a worldwide phenomena relatively than native. That being stated, I additionally don’t deny the apparent undeniable fact that naturally people who find themselves shaping the scene are additionally grouping in accordance with their native habits and/or developments: I’m myself a part of the Kyiv scene, albeit I nonetheless understand it as a small a part of the worldwide scene.

It’s tough to pinpoint only one or two components that characterize the present established order on the Ukrainian scene, however I can share some observations of mine about what’s taking place in Kyiv. First of all, the influence of many individuals fleeing the nation shouldn’t be underestimated: a few of those that have ridden the wave beforehand now stay overseas, whereas different folks (maybe from totally different cities and cities) are shifting in and ‘changing’ them.

Secondly, I believe we’re lastly previous the purpose of no return in the case of cooperation between Ukrainian and russian scenes – that is gone for good. The ties have been already loosening after the Euromaidan and the breakout of the primary part of conflict in 2014 that led to the occupation of Crimea and combating in Donbas. But even then they didn’t disappear fully, and – admittedly – I take partial blame for this too, as I continued enjoying gigs in russia and even inviting russian artists to our occasions in Kyiv. This was a severe mistake on my half (and lots of others’ too) which I’ve numerous regrets about. We have been form of instrumental within the ‘creeping’ cultural colonialism, when the facet that maintains extra sources and considers itself a casual ‘metropoly’ has a big impact on what they consider as a ‘colony’.

That form of description is overly generalizing, however I’m fairly certain many individuals from Ukraine would agree with me on the principle level: the less ties there have been traditionally with russia, the extra thriving the scene in Ukraine at that given second was – that is the case for each the pop music echelon and a comparatively ‘underground’ scene (for the dearth of higher time period). I wager many of the readers didn’t even hear something concerning the Ukrainian digital music scene previous to 2014 or so, and there was a sound purpose for that. I hope this has modified perpetually.

The home I used to stay in whereas quickly residing in Transcarpathia

Where are you now and have you ever been displaced by conflict at any level?

I used to be displaced for 3.5 months in the beginning of the conflict: I lived within the Transcarpathian oblast, which is the Westernmost area of Ukraine. Since June final 12 months I’ve been again in Kyiv.

How do you are feeling concerning the inclusion of “conflict sounds” in latest releases by Ukrainian artists and are there any particular sounds you discover triggering? Also, how do you are feeling about bayraktar-core music?

Honestly, I do not know what bayraktar-core is, lol. I personally wouldn’t embody the “conflict sounds” in music, however that’s simply me. If this helps serve a sure objective to some folks, that’s fully nice with me. To every their very own.

Has the position of music in Ukraine shifted from considered one of leisure to embody the expression of id, communication, and emotional and bodily survival?

I believe that is inevitable in circumstances like ours. Just to set some context: the Ukrainian society at the moment experiences the largest conflict on the European continent since WW2. I’ll not like a few of the particular works or developments on the music scene, however I can positively perceive why they got here to life within the first place. When we win this fucking conflict, we’ll find yourself with a very totally different set of symbols for out nationwide and cultural id, music included.

My cat Boniface

What would you say the West nonetheless will get flawed about Ukraine?

There are many issues the West will get flawed about Ukraine. I believe it’s simply unimaginable to obviously get the sense of what’s going on in a unique nation, so I can in all probability perceive this. However, there are some issues that piss me off greater than others. First of all, I cringe each time I learn or hear the reference to Ukraine as ‘considered one of’ or ‘probably the most corrupt nation on the planet’. Yes, there are points in that regard, however we’ve made such vital progress throughout the years of our independence, and particularly since Euromaidan, that many societies within the West simply can’t comprehend this.

If you concentrate on the whole lot of what the USSR consisted of apart from Baltic international locations, we’re considered one of just some states with undoubtful succession of energy which relies on the democratic election course of. I do know this will look like a given within the West, however in our area that is one thing it’s a must to battle for, and now we have paid a bloody worth for this. We have additionally managed to determine the system of anti-corruption businesses and units of checks and balances that make corruption on the upper ranges of presidency if not unimaginable, then no less than extremely seen in case it takes place. The free media in Ukraine with all its energy these days acts just like the fourth department of the federal government: it’s unimaginable to become involved with high-scale corruption with out the damaging penalties for you.

Yes, we nonetheless hope for sure enhancements to occur, little question about it: as an example, some individuals who have been the embodiments of corruption in extremely publicized instances managed to flee imprisonment, albeit dropping their political prospects altogether. But in the event you put this on a historic axis, then it would develop into evident that what we’ve executed inside the final 9 years is equal to what international locations just like the US spent many years and even centuries on. It is very tragicomic to listen to accusations of corruption coming from or influenced by the russian sources. The pot calls the kettle black.

The second factor that’s fully misunderstood within the West is that the language issue doesn’t put you on both facet of the pro-russian/pro-Ukrainian divide. You could also be russian-speaking, however by no means does this essentially make you pro-russian. For occasion, Kyiv has for a few years been the predominantly russian-speaking metropolis, nevertheless it at all times deviated in the direction of the pro-EU and pro-democracy swing of the political pendulum. I’ve spoken russian as a essential language for many of my life, though I’m additionally completely fluent in Ukrainian. Now I’m utilizing Ukrainian because the default language in my each day life, as do many different former russian-speakers. I’ve heard statements from the likes of Elon Musk et al who decide about political or nationwide alignment of sure areas of Ukraine solely primarily based on the language issue. This is useless flawed!

Do you undergo from burnout and can you consider the long run?

I wouldn’t name it a burnout, however I positively really feel plenty of psychological and emotional stress. I’ve modified my dietary habits and began doing extra train since final 12 months, so I suppose this considerably helps me offset the damages executed by life within the time of conflict. I see adjustments within the habits of lots of people although: mainly, many of the nation has PTSD. When the conflict ends, we’ll need to cope with this as one of many essential issues for Ukraine.

I positively take into consideration the long run, however I can’t do a lot about it. To put it merely, all the things I’ve labored on and put my time and vitality into throughout my grownup life is now jeopardized by the conflict triggered by the barbarian neighbor of ours. I’m nonetheless hopeful although.

The Zaparozhye Cossacks Writing a Mocking Letter to the Turkish Sultan – И.Репин 1880-91

Which guide / movie / album / music / conventional dish / podcast / weblog / art work / constructing / meme finest captures Ukraine for you?

I’d tackle this query from two totally different angles. Symbolically, I believe that the legend of Cossacks writing letter to the Ottoman sultan, which additionally obtained well-known due to the portray by Ilya Repin, captures the worldview of Ukrainians: we despise powers pressured upon us externally, and we are able to even have enjoyable whereas coping with this. Long story brief: we Ukrainians, with all of our flaws and oddities, love freedom. In a extra severe and on the identical time tragic approach that is displayed within the nationwide anthem of Ukraine: the phrases ‘Ukraine’s glory and freedom haven’t but perished’ and ‘Soul and physique lets lay down for our freedom’ positively resonate with all the Ukrainians as we speak.

On one other hand, I like how Timothy Snyder describes the formation of Ukraine as a political relatively than monoethnic nation. Just to remind you: the Euromaidan revolution in 2013 began from the decision to motion by Mustafa Nayyem who’s an Afghani-turned-Ukrainian journalist; the 2 of our our most up-to-date presidents are each of the Jewish descent; our present Minister of Defence is a Muslim Crimean Tatar. All these examples form the picture of Ukraine, which symbolizes freedom and justice, as a political objective relatively than the nation primarily based on one ethnicity and one tradition.

Who ought to I interview subsequent and what ought to I ask them?

I recommend getting in contact with the fellows behind Detali, the group from Ivano-Frankivsk who turned volunteers for the reason that begin of the conflict; and Kultura Zvuku, the neighborhood from Kharkiv, which is town being ravaged by russian aggression virtually each day.


NOVEMBER 16, 2023 – KYIV

Me and the fantastic Carpathians


Hello, my title is Yevhen Shevchenko and I create music underneath the title Nadnova.

I began enjoying music once I was a baby: I performed the guitar, then I obtained within the bass guitar. At faculty I began enjoying in a band, we have been collectively for a very long time and later, I turned fascinated about digital music. I started to discover this world and after attending first events, I spotted that I can and need to do digital music. It all began with writing a few tracks in Ableton stay 10 lite. The extra I practiced, the higher I turned at placing my ideas into music.

Has the full-scale invasion modified your setup and the best way you concentrate on music and sound typically, and has it had an influence in your playlist?

Of course! It had an awesome influence and continues to take action. From the primary days I couldn’t write or hearken to something in any respect, I wasn’t as much as it. Later I attempted to distract my mind somewhat and sat down to write down one thing, and a few tracks got here out: “Страх 28.02” (Fear 28.02) and “Ненависть 3.03” (Hatred 3.03) within the first album throughout the conflict Відчуй (Feel). Later, I switched to darkish – ambient.

The music I hearken to now’s virtually the identical as earlier than, however I’ve virtually stopped listening to onerous techno and began listening extra to such genres as: metal-core and death-core. Maybe I’ve develop into extra merciless? 🙂

Me and my mates having enjoyable at a bar, 7 hours earlier than the beginning of full-scale invasion

You simply launched the album Не остання ніч (Not the final evening). What are you able to inform us about its manufacturing course of and the way influenced by present occasions would you say it’s?

This is a darkish ambient album, however not fully. Rhythm regularly seems within the tracks. In these tracks I absolutely confirmed my worrings, ideas and simply my state. I don’t tie every monitor to a particular occasion, the listener has to really feel one thing himself, draw an image in his head, what he sees, what he hears, what he experiences, and if his/her ideas can’t discover a approach out of the darkness, the final monitor “Надія” (Hope) will assist to clear the thoughts, nonetheless that is the one monitor that has a extra cheerful vibe than the opposite ones.

How do you see the Ukrainian digital and experimental scene growing underneath current circumstances?

I work within the rental of lighting and sound tools as a lighting engineer, and I’m pleasantly stunned that the quantity of occasions has not decreased. Of course, within the first months, nobody risked throwing any events, and if somebody did, they may get plenty of hate. But as we speak we frequently have some form of occasions, all of the coordinators actually donate part of their revenue to assist the military. More new musicians and DJs have appeared, the line-up usually consists of solely Ukrainian musicians, and I imagine that this is a chance for younger artists to emerge. Also new labels appeared that distribute the music of younger Ukrainian artists and encourage them to create, for instance, the ОЧI (OCHI) label (which I’m a resident of) was created throughout the conflict and all of us assist one another there.


Where are you now and have you ever been displaced by conflict at any level?

From the very starting of the conflict, I used to be in Kyiv and by no means left, apart from this summer season once I went to the Carpathians.

Are there any Ukrainian releases from the previous 12 months and a half that you simply really feel can assist make sense of present occasions?

I imagine that many musicians have tracks or songs that describe their situation throughout the conflict, from which you’ll perceive what we Ukrainians are going by means of now. Not everybody, for certain. Some present their ache, some worry, some hatred by means of music. It might be each songs of pop artists and little-known underground musicians. So in the event you take the releases of all of the musicians of our label, particularly for the primary 12 months, it will likely be very simple to grasp all the things there.

Following from the earlier questions, are there any particular tracks, albums, artists, or genres that evoke explicit moments or occasions within the improvement of the full-scale invasion for you and that you simply now discover tough to hearken to?

There are not any such releases that I can’t hearken to due to the feelings they could set off. I also can hearken to my monitor “Киянин” (Kyyanyn) the place sirens are consistently wailing and I can be nice, I simply switch myself to the time when it was written and expertise these feelings once more, the identical with different music.

There is a band Один в каное (Odyn v kanoe) and their monitor “В мене немає дому” (“I’ve no house”) – this monitor was launched again in 2018, however I heard it initially of the conflict with a video sequence of explosions, russian rockets hitting civilian buildings, scary footage of shelling, and now I can’t understand this music in another approach: I really feel these feelings now each time I hear this music. Sometimes I hearken to it on objective…

More memes. On the precise facet – face of Valerii Zaluzhnyi

How do you are feeling concerning the inclusion of “conflict sounds” in latest releases by Ukrainian artists and are there any particular sounds you discover triggering?

I take advantage of sounds of explosions, heavy equipment, youngsters’s cries, folks’s screams and (as I discussed earlier than in monitor “Kyyanyn”) sounds of air-raid sirens, and I’ll proceed to make use of them. I imagine that if a musician needs to precise his opinion to the listener on this approach, that’s okay. Also, listening to such music is a private selection.

And how do you are feeling about bayraktar-core music?

Bayraktar-core is a really attention-grabbing title, I hear it for the primary time) I suppose you imply these patriotic songs. Let’s put it this fashion, it’s an integral a part of any wars, there have been, are, and new ones can be written, whether or not you prefer it or not. If it helps folks to expertise the occasions which might be taking place now in Ukraine and it helps them, then it’s nice, however I personally don’t hearken to them.

I imagine you’ll be able to perceive that with none caption

Has the position of music in Ukraine shifted from considered one of leisure to embody the expression of id, communication, and emotional and bodily survival?

I imagine that individuals who went to the events simply to have enjoyable earlier than the conflict – they do the identical now, it’s not dangerous, however I’d be pleased to know that they perceive at what value they’ll now hearken to cheerful music and stay a carefree life. Everyone makes their very own choices, however I see that now extra typically concert events are held the place folks come to hearken to music, really feel it and perceive what the musician is making an attempt to precise.

Has the sonic setting you reside in modified in any respect for the reason that full-scale invasion?

Sounds of air-raid sirens virtually daily and fewer typically the sounds of explosions.
And, after all, bayraktar-core on the radio in taxis or institutions))

What would you say the West nonetheless will get flawed about Ukraine?

That Ukraine might be at peace with russia. Ukraine and russia should not brother nations and can by no means be.

Me with the artists Splinter (UA) and Louwave

Which guide / movie / album / music / conventional dish / podcast / weblog / art work / constructing / meme finest captures Ukraine for you?

If the constructing then it’s Motherland Monument, memes about Patron the canine, the Carpathians, ethnic music and trembitas, the aircraft Mriya, bands Skriabin and Okean Elzy – however that is all very superficial as a result of it’s unimaginable to single out one factor, you want no less than to speak instantly with Ukrainians.

Who ought to I interview subsequent and what ought to I ask them?

I like to recommend speaking to our founding father of the OCHI label Be_ca_di, additionally the band “Ziferblat”, artists Splinter (UA) and Louwave. To be trustworthy, the listing might be very lengthy.


NOVEMBER 18, 2023 – KYIV


Hi !) My title is Max)

My life is stuffed with totally different inventive initiatives that relate to promoting shoots, the event of manufacturers, the processes of the style business and most significantly to my music initiatives. So I’ll let you know about them! I’ve been engaged in sound manufacturing for greater than 10 years. During this time I managed to write down music for numerous advertisements, did sound design for movies, video games and functions.
I’ve been deejaying for greater than 7 years and have performed all through Ukraine and past, together with a number of international locations in Europe. But I’ve been working with music since childhood! I used to be fortunate !)

My mum is knowledgeable pianist and he or she began instructing me to play the piano on the age of three. At the age of 5 I went to a music lyceum, the place I learnt musical literacy, and to play a number of musical devices, together with accordion, piano, guitar and lots of others.

When I used to be 14 years previous, I fashioned my first rock band with my mates. At first we performed covers for bands like Korn, Nirvana, Rage towards the Machine, Led Zeppelin, Muse, and Radiohead. After studying how you can compose songs, we began to create our personal music and recorded our first ever album. After we launched it, we instantly began touring Ukraine. It didn’t final lengthy, as a result of after we completed faculty, we left for various cities to review.

At the age of 17, I went to school as a sound engineer / sound producer. And that’s the place the enjoyable began, from working as a sound engineer for TV channels, to recording symphony orchestras and dealing as a producer! A bit later, once I obtained into sound design for adverts, I began to delve fairly deep into the method of sound creation itself! And it impressed me in an entire new approach! At that point I used to be enjoying in a post-rock band known as Goodbye Earth.

And once I began to present myself not solely to stay music, but additionally to synthesising sound, and I began to discover and delve into digital music in additional element, it was like I used to be born once more, I turned a brand new me!

Has the full-scale invasion modified your setup and the best way you concentrate on music and sound typically, and has it had an influence in your playlist?

When the conflict began, on the third day we have been prepared to satisfy the enemy at our recording studio of my promo formation SVYST, which is positioned within the centre of Kyiv But due to our military, which repelled the enemy from Kyiv, the studio continued to exist and became a volunteer centre for a while. But for the primary 2 months I couldn’t hearken to music, a lot much less write it. We consistently needed to be focused on the sounds of conflict that surrounded us, on the air alarm, which was adopted by a missile or a drone. There was a saboteur sweep within the metropolis, at any second one thing may occur! One needed to be consistently looking out!

Over time when Kyiv started to return to life, I went again to music. I began to regularly return to my previous initiatives, and to write down new music, which turned somewhat extra aggressive, full of heavy beats, with a contact of steel and a tough ambiance, however nonetheless I didn’t lose my fundamental musical core.

The full-scale invasion, and conflict, has modified my perspective to actuality, to folks, to our nation and to myself! And all this had an awesome influence on my perspective to music! I lastly realised the significance of musical vitality, the way it can save us, set us up for one thing vital or simply loosen up us. I see it taking place to folks throughout my DJ units, I see how everybody began to respect and respect themselves and their feelings.

My playlist has develop into extra dynamic all through my DJ units. I began so as to add tough synthesis, instrumental inserts, accent punch on the bass line. All this to be able to make folks really feel the music with their entire physique on the stay sound!

I began to work out in my units the construction of a symphony, the place there’s a starting / improvement / facet half / climax / decline / finish. In this fashion I hope to show the listeners to hearken to the music correctly !

You didn’t specify this query, however as I’m the co-organiser of the competition “Брудний Пес” (Dirty Dog) and co-founder of the label SVYST I’d additionally prefer to let you know concerning the organisation of occasions throughout the conflict! In June final 12 months, our neighborhood started to consider organising an enormous competition. For the primary time we thought not nearly a celebration with a great sound, however concerning the unity of all of the younger individuals who remained in Kyiv! Lots of people have been underneath stress, everybody skilled their psychological breakdown otherwise. It was essential to assist one another! And we determined to organise a competition, which we known as Dirty Dog! This title turned the embodiment of our avenue tradition )))) Back in 2022, we had 3 totally different levels, with greater than 50 artists of various genres, unfold over the course of a 2 days of occasion! It was one thing unforgettable !)))))))

This gave us a great enhance to start out one other sequence of events, in addition to a inexperienced mild to our colleagues in the neighborhood to organise occasions.
We got here again to life once more! We began writing music, accumulating materials, and digging vinyl once more! Everything slowly began to come back again to life!

Already in 2023, there have been greater than 100 artists of various genres on the competition. We arrange 5 levels! And we managed to make the competition a number of instances greater and cooler! In 2024 we plan to shock Kyiv and the entire of Ukraine much more! So prepare and watch for Брудний Пес (Dirty Dog) 2024!)

Also, in each occasion there’s yet another vital half! We donate virtually the entire proceeds to our military and proceed to take action till now.

Your newest EP Perception was launched on Polygon Records. What are you able to inform us about its manufacturing and its idea?

My child !) This album was recorded within the midst of winter shelling and large-scale blackouts throughout Ukraine. I had about 4-5 hours of sunshine per day to have the ability to document no less than some materials for this album. In such chilly and darkish moments of life you’re like an uncovered nerve. Every sound that was round me I perceived very intensely and even with somewhat little bit of irritation. I began to consider synesthesia! Synesthesia is the power to have uncommon sensory reactions to stimuli, generally even by means of totally different senses. Seeing a form, for instance, can set off a wierd style or scent, or listening to a specific notice could make one understand a sure color or style or really feel a material on the physique as in my monitor “Velvet”, which does this with the 808 bass punk.

Album the title “Perception” – it signifies a sensual cognition of the world round us. This is the idea of the album! At the time I used to be surrounded solely by very irritating sounds, so there should not many main notes and no deep ambiance within the album! I attempted to obviously work out a change by way of type, temper and flavour.

In the very first monitor, “sequence”, a person falls into a unique state wherein he stays all through the entire album! A really tight bass line acts as a basis including a wealthy percussive form! From above now we have a smooth synthesis of sound that takes us by means of the saxophone enjoying within the monitor “velvet” to the monitor “reflection”, the place the synthesis opens up in the direction of the top of the monitor. And we get into the tunnel of the monitor “wider” the place we simply spin! And on the very finish now we have the conclusion of the entire story. We can speak concerning the monitor “synesthetic” for a very long time, nevertheless it’s higher to simply hearken to it and you’ll perceive all the things! The cowl of the album additionally conveys the state of notion of sound waves on a human being.

I performed this album for the primary time within the membership ∄ , and once I noticed the response of individuals, I realised that all the things labored out! The album was launched on the POLYGON label, owned by my pal Harry Pledov. The label was recognised as the very best digital music label in Ukraine in accordance with MixMagazine Ukraine.

Three months after the full-scale invasion you launched the monitor “Genotype“. How does one convey complicated emotions concerning the present scenario by means of music and did it really feel like a cathartic course of?

It’s brief! My first monitor after the start of the full-scale conflict! The temper of the monitor absolutely conveys all my interior state on the time! It was my very first catharsis soaked with ache and hatred for all the things that’s taking place! I by no means thought that it will have an effect on my folks, me, my household, mates and all the things now we have! So sure, it was the primary catharsis remodeled right into a sound synthesis after the twenty fourth of February!

Where are you now and have you ever been displaced by conflict at any level?

Now I’m in Kyiv! As I used to be earlier than February 24, 2022 and on the evening of the full-scale invasion! I’m unlikely to go away Ukraine, it’s my house!

How do you are feeling about artists who left Ukraine and do you are feeling there’s one thing of a divide now between those that left and those that stayed?

Every artist who left has made their selection! Each particular person is answerable for their very own life! We can solely draw conclusions and transfer on with those that stayed right here!

Are there any Ukrainian releases from the previous 12 months and a half that you simply really feel can assist make sense of present occasions?

All Ukrainian releases with all the highest artists of digital music that I’d advocate to be able to comprehend present occasions are collected on the label POLYGON. Enjoy listening !)

Following from the earlier questions, are there any particular tracks, albums, artists, or genres that evoke explicit moments or occasions within the improvement of the full-scale invasion for you and that you simply now discover tough to hearken to?

My monitor “GENOCIDE.” It incorporates the emotional depth that I’d by no means need to return to. The monitor begins with a poem by Lesya Ukrainka, and the monitor itself options the vocals of the Ukrainian people singer Nina Matvienko.

How do you are feeling concerning the inclusion of “conflict sounds” in latest releases by Ukrainian artists and are there any particular sounds you discover triggering? Also, how do you are feeling about bayraktar-core music?

This is a really unusual transfer, a really low-cost try at hype! I believe that the sounds of conflict might be included within the sound design for documentaries or movies for instance present occasions. But I believe that with music we should always spare folks from what’s been happening and never plunge them deeper into conflict! We are surrounded by so many lovely sounds that may change us for the higher, we have to hearken to them, not the sounds of conflict in a document. I don’t actually perceive bayraktar-core.) It’s crap !).

Has the position of music in Ukraine shifted from considered one of leisure to embody the expression of id, communication, and emotional and bodily survival?

Music in Ukraine has develop into a direct emotional expression, evoking feelings that assist us to outlive! It’s true! Sound producers began not simply writing tracks like earlier than, however put an entire idea into them ! And the identical goes with deejays and their units! I believe it’s due to the quantity of feelings we expertise daily! It sharpens the method of creation and every mission is invested with far more that means. The listeners really feel it and thus additionally change. There is a really sturdy synergy!

Has the sonic setting you reside in modified in any respect for the reason that full-scale invasion and the way would you doc the present scenario by means of sound?

There is a assured calmness within the air, which at any second can flip into some form of storm. It seems like listening to a Brian Eno album however being prepared for the sudden introduction of a SLIPKNOT verse. It’s inspiring! And I’m now engaged on my new album, which is popping out in January 2024. It will reply that query higher than me!

What would you say the West nonetheless will get flawed about Ukraine?

It could be very unusual to grasp one thing if you find yourself in a very totally different nation the place there is no such thing as a conflict. But I’m grateful to each nation that helps Ukraine! The West shouldn’t neglect that we’re combating a typical enemy and that due to our military we won’t solely free Ukraine but additionally the entire world from this cancerous tumour.

Which guide / movie / album / music / conventional dish / podcast / weblog / art work / constructing / meme finest captures Ukraine for you?

Book: Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi – Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.
Film: Chasing Two Hares.
Song: ever since childhood I’ve adored Leontovych’s “Shchedryk
Traditional dish: banosh, diruni (potato pancake with mushrooms), borsch.

Who ought to I interview subsequent and what ought to I ask them?

Igor Zadorozhniy, co-organiser of «Dirty Dog», co-owner of SVYST formation, DJ, army officer and my finest pal!




Snovyda Suite No. 1, Op. 4 ~ ummsbiaus

“Snovyda (The Sleepwalker) is a four-movement digital suite by ummsbiaus. It might be heard in a darkish room that’s regularly reworking into an extended hall, creepy and untrodden as liminal house. When your stressed-out mind makes you are feeling drowsy, its capabilities are AI-like. Before absolutely shutting down, it creates its personal world someplace in-between sleep and wakefulness.”

2023 – Щоденник янгола ~ Хвоя будить сов

The artwork mission “The Needle Wakes the Owl” brings to your consideration the work “Diary of an Angel”, which is devoted to the works “The Angel of the Western Window” by Gustav Meyrink and “The Diary of an Addict” by Aleister Crowley.

Recorded within the ranks of the Armed Forces throughout relaxation hours throughout 2023.

Exp Ep ~ SVZZ

This EP incorporates quite a lot of tracks that I made throughout the 12 months and that won’t be launched besides at my bandcamp.
I make the discharge free so that individuals can select the worth themselves.
30 p.c of gross sales will go to donations

do nestyamy ~ Natalia Tsupryk

Piano and strings EP from Natalia Tsupryk, elegiac in tone, mournful with out being maudlin, elegiac in tone,

VA There Will Be Light ~ Rhythm Büro

“The artists featured on ‘There Will Be Light’ are a forged of Rhythm Büro’s long-time collaborators in addition to just a few new names, each Ukrainian by origin and worldwide. Igor Glushko, the label’s head, has managed to remodel the preliminary thought for the compilation into an actual collaboration of like-minded artists contributing to the trigger, the mission has taken round three years to full. Each monitor is launched for the primary time and has been produced by such artists as: AES Dana, Priori, John Beltran, Saphileaum, Artefakt, Anthony Rother, Vida Vojic, Johanna Knutsson, Volodymyr Gnatenko, Asyncronous, Arthur Mine, Sebastian Mullaert, bvdub, Zavoloka, Nikolaienko, and Rhythm Büro co-founders Vera Logdanidi & Na Nich.”

it’s all concerning the backyard ~ anton malynovskyi

“I finished in search of a house, as an alternative I began in search of a backyard whereas engaged on the album, I assumed concerning the position of delusion in human life. What is a delusion? Isn’t he a direct signpost, together with for me?

A normal hero goes on a journey to search out one thing that has no clear location, form, or picture.

He walks, encounters obstacles, doesn’t perceive whether or not this path will finish till a change takes place with him. He turns into stronger, continues his search, transforms time and again.

And when he grows it above his earlier self for the final time – he understands that the trail and its adjustments are the backyard he was in search of.

So I start my journey, my seek for a backyard.”

Kholodna Strava ~ Sider

A «Cold Dish» is a mini-album from digital artist Sider, his work over the previous few years. The crafty interweaving of ethnic and breakbeat with electro turned his grasp’s trick lengthy earlier than it turned some form of a mainstream, however, clearly – he do it higher than anybody else. Only take a look at his records on the Day by day label, and the remix of the monitor «Zroby Sebe Sam» by Lostlojic. Incredible melodies, mysticism, and tremendous highly effective break drums – an actual murals! Each of his tracks is a reminder of the depth of Ukrainian roots and religion in victory over the Russian invaders.

autoportrack ~ Andrii Barmalii

Inventive and ebullient debut digital album from well-known Kyiv saxophone participant and producer Andrii Barmalii. Darting off in lots of instructions with a “retro-futurist” sound and a hauntological drive, this is without doubt one of the discoveries of the 12 months, a really gorgeous album.

the album with no title, that means, idea, philosophy, starting, or finish ~ 58918012

Hello, guys! As I promised, right here is my new ambient album! Every composition on this launch is out of the present context. It’s like random fragments of life in a unique/parallel actuality. Honestly, there are far more questions than solutions.

I believe that the title of this album says all the things by itself. There’s nothing extra to say about it. Well, possibly apart from the truth that this one is extremely darkish, noisy, and psychedelic. If you’re able to dive into the darkish and warped dimension then good luck and luxuriate in your journey. Stand with Ukraine! Peace ❤


від Іоана 5:35 ~ Музи і Грації

“The assemble of historic reminiscence could be very fragile, however this doesn’t save us from the implications. Soviet dissident Ivan Svitlichniy handed away 31 years in the past, however as his spouse recalled, “Physically, Ivan died in his mattress in October 1992, however as a inventive particular person, he died in August 1981 in exile in Altai.” This album is one other try to protect the connections between folks and occasions that, regardless of the pressures and obstacles, did a lot to present us our id.

All proceeds from this album can be donated to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”


Still Life ~ Postman

“In the brand new album ‘Still Life,’ Kostiantyn Pochtar ventures into uncharted musical territories, skillfully mixing the soothing acoustic notes of the guitar with the heart beat of digital beats and synthesizers. Some of the songs, nevertheless, function a daily stay backing band. Drawing inspiration from tropicalia, early David Bowie, and impressionist aesthetics, the songs have considerably a painterly high quality, resembling smooth brushstrokes in pastel colours on a canvas. This new fashion and musical method go far past the acoustic guitar people for which Postman is principally identified. The lyrical hero within the new album additionally undergoes adjustments, changing into extra distant, whereas the lyrics seem extra summary and allusive. These compositions seize the fragility and fleeting great thing about existence, portraying us, as folks, doing our pirouettes on this everlasting uncertainty.”


Unified Whirl | BAHN033_EP ~ Svarog

The Unified Whirl symbolizes the concept that all the things exists in an indivisible connection and an countless stream of consciousness, life, and vitality. It reminds us that we’re all particles of 1 entire, interacting with one another and influencing each other. In this whirl of consciousness and life, we perceive that each motion has penalties, each determination impacts the world round us.




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