In the period of three years after the establishment of the music label Endless Illusion (hereinafter referred to as “EI”), their activity focused on creating music compilations, releasing their own EP’s and other activities through which they promoted the work of contemporary Czech producers in the field of electronic music. Most cases represented the reproduction of rarest or rather non-mainstream recordings which found their audience as time went on. Thus, EI contributed to the creation of a solid groundswell of music which was still mostly just looking for its “tradition” in the Czech Republic.
Being persistently obsessed with electronic music, EI feels obliged to promote electronic music into the consciousness of the Czech audience. Therefore, EI invites experienced pioneers of this genre field more often to participate in local affairs and thus supplement particularly Prague music image with a segment that has been missing here for so long. They release classical music media in cooperation with foreign artists. Further, for more than a year, they perform in regular sessions on the waves of internationally renowned Intergalactic FM radio where they present a balanced combination of domestic and foreign recordings.
In 2015, based on their experience resulting from dozens of performances together with not only foreign producers, but EI is also now developing the idea of promoting music the other way round, which means outside the Czech Republic, and thus fully and freely use the opportunities which were still impossible not a long time ago. To promote not only their own production but especially the music which originated in the totalitarian period and which influenced them unquestionably. In parallel with the former Czechoslovak scene, the world scene developed at an absolutely different pace thanks to the environment of free trade and politics, therefore naturally becoming traditional for the given period, local producers, and their fans. Because of partial isolation caused by the political situation, this music genre has never expanded in the Czech Republic. With slight exaggeration, we can only talk about small flashes which kept this genre at least alive. With this in mind, we have decided to throw away all prejudices entrenched in many of us which are connected to this period. With determination, we set out on a musically archeological trip into a time full of compulsive needs to at least move a little closer to the world, since we still share and support these needs.
The aim of the Jupiter 8 project is to promote with dignity the quality which was created here, yet it didn’t have the opportunity to leave the notional bubble of the sealed east. In our opinion, we are representatives of the generation which is destined to overcome the abovementioned prejudices, the generation which recognizes current values while also respecting the influence of the recent period with a healthy distance. The project is created interactively with participants representing both periods, and thus attempting to bring them near. However, its goal is not to return to the former epoch or to blend these two periods, we are attempting the continuation and development of electronic music tradition, often unfortunately associated with the morass of Spartakiad times.
Jupiter 08 Bulletin
Welcome to the 1st special issue of this bulletin, which — with following 7 issues to be published regularly — precedes the Jupiter 08 project, which is an archæological journey to the era when electronic music flourished in the Eastern Bloc, and learn about current domestic producers such as Endless Illusion, a young label, and publisher of the project, founded 2011 in Prague.
The Omnibus Band was founded by Jarda Zajpt and Petr Dikan in 1979 in Czechoslovakia.
Having met at the Electronic High School, electronics was their field of expertise. Over time, Petr Dikan constructed several sound devices such as the Šílený Fridrich (ŠF, Crazy Frederick) Keyboard and the VSD (všude samý dráty/wires everywhere) Generator which he operated during the recordings and also at concerts.
At that time, heavily influenced by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp from the King Crimson band, Jarda Zajpt played the guitars, using all kinds of effects, pre-recorded tapes, and one or more interconnected tape recorders. The first record, ‘Israels,’ was produced between 1980 and 1982. In 1985, Jarda Zajpt swapped a guitar for a keyboard and a new member arrived – Pavel Zvolenský - who programmed and played automatic percussions. Martin Bauer, playing the bass guitar, completed the trio.
They have produced a second album, "Rhythmus," in this assembly.
Czechoslovakian band Máma Bubo was founded by Karel Babuljak in 1982; he put together five friends that he trusted.
Having been more or less groping in the dark of music until then, Babuljak suddenly expressed a clear musical and human opinion to which the other members of Máma Bubo added theirs.
A new band was born and although it had a clear face, it did not fit in anywhere, was hard to be connected with anything, and was isolated despite its openness.
Máma Bubo always guaranteed an extraordinary and shocking experience that surpassed the level of entertainment. 1985: Babuljak’s disenchantment with the social situation as well as with artistic futility compelled him to a more profound attitude which resulted in a totally different concept, PLANETA HAJ, for Máma Bubo; yet, the concept was short-lived as if having been born in a place it did not fit in.
In 2017, 2 LP of PLANETA HAJ, a record from 1985, was released on vinyl for the first time.