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- Conversion by Jacob Kirkegaard
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Always a treat to get a vinyl release from the Touch camp. This I believe is the Kirkegaard’s second release for the label and consists of two of his pieces transformed into scores using classical instruments by the capable hands and ears of Denmark’s Scenatet ensemble. If I recall correctly the original ‘Labyrinthitis’ was created in such a way that each listener’s experience would be different. Two frequencies into the ear create a third vibration by the inner ear and as everyone’s ears are different the experience would be unique.
I think the intention here may be to have a more explicit unified experience but I could be wrong. This interpretation consists of layered and extended strings, overlapping, seemingly creating something new which resonates but I honestly can’t tell if this is exactly how it will be heard by another listener although I think the meat and potatoes of the piece will be interpreted universally. I must confess that ‘Labyrinthitis II’ failed to evoke much of an emotional response from, me however after reading some info on the artists it seems this is an intentional quality inherent in the sound which is more focused on methodology.
‘Church II’ is based on an original piece constructed from ambient recordings of a Chernobyl church right in the radioactive zone. It’s a little like the sonification of radioactivity, ie. this is what I imagine radioactivity would sound like if it indeed produced a sound. An unseen force or intangible energy hovering, the overall effect is gloriously spooky.
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