Meditative electronics soundscapes of the Slovak-born and currently Prague-based producer MacroNoise are often populated with disparate elements that fit surprisingly well, such as the child choir sampled from a scene of 1960 film on the latest track called Domovina (Homeland). In my head they sometimes evoke images of cells shuffling about on the microscope slide and because of their pronounced rhythm patterns they sound like some imaginary ancient rituals. The release of his new tracks and the video for it sparkled the idea of a short tour and it was in this matter that MacroNoise (real name Tomáš Šebesta) got in touch We met up in a cosy Berlin bar to talk about the creative power of coincidence, revisiting his roots and the experimental electronic scene.read more
VISIONS OF ZHIVA PRESENTING MUSIC FROM CENTRAL EUROPE GWERKOVA: IT'S IMPORTANT TO US TO KEEP MAKING MUSIC AND TO KEEP IT CLEAN Words by Nathan Lova published 11.04.2019 Enchanting female vocal inhabits a delicate landscape of gentle guitar and ethereal electronic...read more
VISIONS OF ZHIVA PRESENTING MUSIC FROM CENTRAL EUROPE Молчат Дома (MOLCHAT DOMA): THE HOUSES STAND THERE SILENTLY AND INSPIRE US TO BE CREATIVE Words by Nathan Lova published 03.04.2019 A band operating on the borderlines of post-punk, new-wave and darker ends of...read more
Europe is easy to travel but her cultures are hard to access if you don’t speak respective national languages. On similar grounds, it is not easy for musicians to reach listeners beyond their country of origin. Visions of Zhiva is an English speaking zine presenting artists from Central Europe to broader audiences.
Zhiva is the anglicised spelling of the name Živa (also Živena, Siwa). The Slavic goddess of life and fertility was worshipped in the region of today’s Poland, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia before the arrival of Christianity.