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A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush contains the final recordings by pioneering electronic explorer Zbigniew Karkowski, made at Stockholm’s EMS in 2013 alongside Jean-Louis Huhta (Dungeon Acid, The Skull Defekts) and Lars Akerlund .
Zbigniew Karkowski passed this mortal coil in Peru, December 2013, weeks after this collection’s 2nd disc was recorded. Sub Rosa would like us to view this 2CD “not so much as a tribute… than as an ongoing concern to further his work and thinking as they were when he was alive, reacting, and questioning, uncompromisingly”.
As they also state, it is “a homecoming of sorts”, owing to the fact that he has close ties with the region, from studying composition, aesthetics of modern music, and computer music in Gothenburg’s universities, as well as composing for the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and extensive work with C.M. von Hausswolff since the ‘80s.
Here, on the first disc’s Serge Piece 22 April 2013, the trio put EMS’ Serge Modular system thru its paces for 42 minutes of intense frequency massage, building from super low subs to a pensive, head-flossing flow before bursting at the seams with the kind of modular effluence and prickling highs that might make Russell Haswell blush.
Disc 2’s Drone Piece 24th November 2013 is Karkowski’s final composition. A signature example of his personal push for pure sonic intensity, yielding 42 minutes of skull-resonating bass tones (especially when heard on headphones) imperceptibly oscillating under the skin, in your nasal cavity, making the scalp sizzle.