"M.U.Z.Y.K.A." in Czech with the support of the Polish Book Institute

In the Czech Republic, the translation of M.U.Z.Y.K.A. (‘M.U.S.I.C.’) was published. The book was translated by Ondřej Blabolil. The publication of the work by Michał Libera and Michał Mendyk with illustrations by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy was supported by the Book Institute as part of the ©POLAND Translation Programme.

The book H.U.D.B.A., which is the title of the Czech edition of the book, has been recently published by Jakost publishing house in Prague.

M.U.S.I.C. is the sixth volume of a hit educational series, the first of which was D.O.M.E.K. (‘H.O.U.S.E.’). It is a book that convinces readers that listening is a fascinating adventure, and that in contemporary music, anything can happen.

What is music? Where to look for it? How to create it? Musicians and composers have been asking themselves these questions for centuries. However, in the last 100 years, many of them have found answers that no one has ever dreamt of before. Anything can happen in contemporary music! And that's what this book is all about.

In 44 concise and accessible chapters, the authors present selected composers, musicians, and their works, using them to demonstrate the various ways of thinking about sound, music, composing, and being a musician. Among the book’s heroes, you will find John Cage, Steve Reich, Arnold Schönberg, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Paweł Szymański, and Iannis Xenakis, as well as The Beatles, Brian Eno, Einstürzende Neubauten, Kraftwerk, and Madonna.

As part of the ©POLAND Translation Programme, Ondřej Blabolil, the translator of the book, also introduced O.G.R.Ó.D. (‘G.A.R.D.E.N.’) by Ewa Kołaczyńska and Adam Wójcicki (2017) to Czech readers.