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Boomkat Product Review:
Extraordinary re-interpretations of two of Jacob Kirkegaard's back-catalogue pieces by Danish classical ensemble Scenatet. The original 'Church' (from 2006's 4 Rooms) was wrought out of ambient recordings of an abandoned church inside the radioactive zone at Chernobyl; 'Labyrinthitis' (2008), meanwhile, was composed from "oto-acoustic" tones generated by Kirkegaard's own ears. Hearing these sounds transcribed into the realm of Music with a capital 'M' - and performed on clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, percussion - does nothing to diminish their abstract power. If anything, it enhances it: 'Labyrinthitis II' is a gripping, terrifying listen, its atonal, angular string progressions reminding of nothing so much as one of Morricone or Macchi's spikier giallo scores, and on the more introspective 'Church II' the woodwind seems to quiver with the sheer weight of the tragedy it's describing.