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CD Feature/ le depeupleur: "disambiguation"

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The reaction to albums like “disambiguation” will show how far societies have come in terms of judging art without prejudice. Which is not to say that everyone will, should or even can enjoy it. In fact, I have the strong suspicion that 90% of anyone who might be inclined to listen to this work after having read about it somewhere on the web will run away from it after 10 or 15 minutes of its total duration of three quarters of an hour. On the other hand, shedding your preconceived notions and surrendering your body and mind to this monolithic block has every potential of changing the way you look at music.

It is both easy and hard to describe what is on this disc. A short version goes something like this: The single track included here consists of scrambled frequencies, which change in pitch and timbre over its course, slowly grinding to a halt and into silence at the end. A longer version might say the following: “disambiguation” takes the listener through various apects of the same idea. Starting from an aggressive screen of white noise, it moves to different tonal rooms, where the basic pattern is still kept intact, while drastically changing its characteristics. The music goes from a hypertonic state of emergency and a subcutaneous tingling as if ants were running around underneath your skin to moments of hissing calmness, void spaces of intense clarity and emptiness. Like the shores of a surreal ocean, the sands of your senses are constantly flooded with the waters of a neverending mutation, taking your body to various extremes. Just when you thought a glistening sibilance had signalled that peace was here to stay, the work once again rebels against itself, howling like a tortured wind over an infinite wasteland. In the last five minutes, the wave forms stretch out more and more, loosing their inherent qualities and fading away. Zbigniew Karkowski and Kasper T. Toeplitz have created something so absolute that it almost rules out discussion, while all the same screaming for an explanation: Does this work? How can it work? Do I like this?

Confusion is one of the strongest sensations that art can evoke, after all if something which rationally only exists in an abstract space can deeply shock and confound you, it has the potential to change your “real” life as well – thereby rendering this artificial border line absurd. Karkowski and Toeplitz have put their music right into the focus of attention, in a place where it can not be ignored. It’s up to you: Are you going to leave the cinema before the end of the movie or are are going to sit this through to find out if you’ve changed at its resolution, that is the real question.

By Tobias Fischer

Homepage: Zbigniew Karkowski
Homepage: Kasper T. Toeplitz
Homepage: auf abwegen records

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