This page will expand as I have more time to post, and as I find more similar groups.
Magical Unicellular Music / Волшебная Одноклеточная Музыка; Keroøàcidu Suäväk; GNOD; and Oresund Space Collective
Despite the problematic terms by which the writers of the texts below describe the music of Magical Unicellular Music/Волшебная Одноклеточная Музыка, this is an important project for contemporary psychedelia and potentially for the politics of memory and loss. Bringing back the free improvisational and communal living/playing akin to that of the first Amon Düül (the band even began numbering themselves like Amon Düül as they expanded throughout eastern Europe and shuffled through a rotating cast of magnificent improvisers) M. U. M./V. O. M. explore the sonic possibilities using combinations of electric/electronic and acoustic instruments in a free improvisational setting without aural or temporal limit.
“MAGICAL UNICELLULAR MUSIC (V.O.M. – В.О.М.) – THE PROJECT OF SOLNTSETSVETY (СОЛНЦЕЦВЕТЫ) ARTISTIC GROUP FAMOUS FOR THEIR EXPLOSIVE PSYCHEDELIC PERFORMANCES AND BOLD SOUND EXPERIMENTS THAT PARADOXICALLY MIX PRIMITIVISTIC LO-FI AND DELICATE SOUND-WORK. WHILE MOST OF THE PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE IS FREQUENTLY FILLED WITH MEMORY LOSS – V.O.M. SUGGESTS REMEMBERING. REMEMBERING AS MUCH AS ONE CAN, BIT BY BIT.”
As more Magical Unicellular Music collectives emerge through Eastern Europe and geographically meet with the British collectives, more invigorating recordings become available online. You can listen/download an interview and check out various Solntsetsvety projects at I’m Trying, I’m Trying, I’m Trying LTD.
This is from the band’s (official/unofficial?) blog:
“First incarnation of Magical Unicellular Music emerged in Minsk in 2005. With the “Spring of Light” Solntsetsvety, alredy notorious for different underground and psychodelic actions in Belarus, have started the new movent now buzzling on the international scale. An experiment has a good result – now you can dig an idea and go form a local Magical Unicellular Music band in your city.”
Also check out archive.org, where you can download and stream a handful of albums by the various MUM/VOM incarnations.
is a sound and performance experimental project created in 2009 in São Paulo (Brazil) by visual artists Kaloan Meenochite, P I L A N T R Ö P Ó V . and joined by other collaborators. They use many different devices such as acoustic and electronic musical instruments, multimedia installations, projections and ritualistic outfits. Based on experimental music and dance, they create sounds and situations that remind of ancestral rituals mixed with technological devices and other random references. From that fusion emerges a new folklore in which the public is invited to participate, building fragile networks of experimentations, using instruments, singing and sometimes drifiting into a spirit of celebration and ecstasy.
is a collective from Salford, Greater Manchester, England that, like the above collectives, plays electric/electronic and acoustic experimental psychedelic musics. The group is made up of an every changing, expanding, and contracting group of musicians/artists, and has collaborated with other psychedelic bands such as Acid Mothers Temple from Japan (on their recent tour), and White Hills from New York. You can download some of their albums for free at their bandcamp page, and buy some of their albums through tamed records and Rocket Recordings. You can also follow the “live” movements of GNOD on their Tumblr.
The Oresund Space Collective are a prolific Danish, American, and Swedish collective that mostly tour western Europe and the UK. They play completely free improvisational Space Rock, and share the same instrumental/temporal/and stylistic variety as the groups above. Their bandcamp page has most of their live recordings, but others can be dug up from the bowels of the internet and your more discerning music blog. Welcome to outer space!