Zbigniew Karkowski/Jean-Louis Huhta/Lars Åkerlund: A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush (The Last Recordings, Sweden, November 2013) (Sub Rosa, 2016)

March 30, 2016 at 9:59 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Zbigniew Karkowski/Jean-Louis Huhta/Lars Åkerlund: A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush (The Last Recordings, Sweden, November 2013)

Zbigniew Karkowski/Jean-Louis Huhta/Lars Åkerlund: A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush (The Last Recordings, Sweden, November 2013)

This double CD contains the final recordings by Polish electro-acoustic/noise legend Zbigniew Karkowski. Both discs contain a single 42-minute piece each. These recordings require a lot of patience, but they are rewarding. Both discs go from being near-silent to building up to strange, disturbing, piercing levels of noise, to gradually cutting off to a lulling buzz, and then building up to more swarming noises. If you’re listening on headphones, or on a huge surround sound speaker system, your ears will be attacked, but in superb fidelity. This is a powerful, overwhelming, immersive audio experience. It’s also likely to drive you crazy if you’re not prepared for it.

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