This is the story of how Warsaw was the fourth European city in history to have its own studio dedicated to experimental electro-acoustic music, despite being ruled by a communist regime that was hostile to free thinking and avant-garde art.
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After World War II, Poland fell under the Soviet Union’s influence and had to cope with a forcefully-imposed communist regime. Harsh censorship and a considerable lack of democratic, economic and civil rights were huge everyday constraints on the development of art and culture, nevermind the regime’s open hostility to its more experimental side.
Artists were supposed to create works useful for the system, to help turn people into communist comrades, or homo sovieticus. Meanwhile, the indirect messages carried by the likes of abstract art were widely believed to be dangerous and always suspected of conveying reactionist, anti-communist messages.
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