Initiated by artist György Galántai, Artpool Radio is a series of 8 cassette tapes produced though through mail art networks across Europe. Described as 'cassette-radio, radio work', they are a mix of interviews, conversations, music, ambient recordings, documentation of telecommunication concerts, improvisations, sound art, found sounds, spoken word and so on. Amongst the many activities of Galántai's artistic career, he is also the founder of the alternative art archive, Artpool, in Budapest, Hungary.
OSA is a self-described archival laboratory, situated in Budapest but engaging researchers through digital archives, parallel archives and virtual exhibitions. Of particular interest here are their Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty background reports, which can be accessed online.
This virtual exhibition hosted by the Open Society Archive's 'Galeria Centralis' explores radio broadcasting and jamming techniques during the Cold War, their psychological and social impact, and the economic and political aspect of sound in this context.
Vokno was one of many samizdat (self-published) magazines to appear in Czechoslovakia during communism. Created, edited and printed primarily in Northern Czechoslovakia from the late 1970s until the democratic revolution of 1989, it offered a window to another culture not represented in official state media. This underground magazine was a lifeline for many enthusiasts of music, film and visual art that was otherwise banned or suppressed. By the end of the 1980s, the magazine had a distribution network the extended across the entire republic. Here we are able to view the entire Vokno catalog in pdf form.
A collection of songs from Czech New Wave groups between 1981-1984 compiledand in some cases recordedby saxophonist, guitarist and magnitizdat producer Mikolaš Chadima. This particular album was released in Italy by Old Europa Café in 1984. Otherwise Chadima recorded and released albums of many Czech New Wave bands within the country. This was done in part through mail order in magazines as Vokno (see above).