Boomkat Product Review:
Jacob Kirkegaard is trying to mess with your head - specifically with your ears. This latest album from the experimental composer "consists entirely of sounds generated in the artist's auditory organs". More than that though, these sounds made by Kirkegaard's own ears have been treated in such a fashion as to prompt a fairly bizarre reaction from your own lugholes: when two frequencies at a certain ratio are played back into one's inner ear, additional vibrations arise within the organ itself, resulting in a third frequency. Kirkegaard's composition is a kind of generative piece of music then, creating a distortion effect that can only be evident subjectively. To further complicate matters, Kirkegaard reproduces this tone artificially, which when combined with another distorting frequency, generates another subjectively observed tone. It's all a bit confusing and would perhaps seem a little too heavy on concept to be an especially enjoyable listening experience - it's actually rather difficult to read the explanatory text and not feel as if you're being... interfered with in some way. In actuality, Labyrinthitis is a fascinating investigation into the mechanics of sound, both in terms of how we perceive it and how as listeners we might help create it.