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KARKOWSKI AND DANIEL MENCHE, ZBIGNIEW
"Describing this debut collaboration between Zbigniew Karkowski and Daniel Menche as heavy would be a serious understatement; gruelingly brutal would be much more fitting.
is part one of a pair of releases based around the same recording sessions. Daniel Menche independently mixed the recorded work the duo recorded together in Portland, Oregon. While this marks the third outing for Menche, the master of physical noise from Portland, Oregon on Alien8 Recordings, we feel very fortunate to finally have an offering from the Polish-born composer Zbigniew Karkowski, who has been residing in Tokyo, Japan since 1994. Years back, we announced we would be releasing one of Karkowski's works which never materialized, yet here we are -- a magnificent collaboration effort. Daniel Menche has long been regarded as one of the heaviest hitters in the North American noise movement. He has been riding a wave of well-received records and seems to be on the top of his game. Zbigniew Karkowski is an ex-member of The Hafler Trio and is also known as a student of legendary composers Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez and others. When asked about the outcome of his recent collaboration with Zbigniew Karkowski, Daniel Menche remarked that it was over the top with an old school feel and went on to make comparisons to a sound akin to an instrumental Whitehouse. It's a little more forgiving in the trauma department than the output of the aforementioned electronic pioneers, but nonetheless, it's absolutely teeth-rattling at times. It's not so much that any particular cut is the most brutal blast of noise, but more a matter of how the recording works as whole. 'The id marks that define individual tracks have only been worked into the piece to provide the listener some mercy,' said Daniel Menche."
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