Boomkat Product Review:
Nicolas Jaar's Other People imprint does us a solid with this one, collecting up experimental productions from Poland's equivalent of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the Polish Radio Experimental Studio. Brilliant music, that spans a period from 1951 to 1991 - huge recommendation for tape music/GRM obsessives.
We can't believe we've not come across the Polish Radio Experimental Studio before, because the music featured on "Would it sound Just as Bad if you Played it Backwards, Vol.2" is some of the best archival early electronic/tape music material we've heard in ages. Ignore the jokey title, this is the real deal! Włodzimierz Kotoński's short 1951 composition 'Study for One Cymbal Stroke' is a tidy introduction - all pitch-fucked percussion and blood-curdling splices - but the comp really hits its stride with Bohdan Mazurek's woozy 'Symphony. Electronic Music for Tape, Pt. I', recorded in 1966. This one's more comparable with Delia Derbyshire's notorious 'Blue Veils and Golden Sands', but alongside the expected elongated oscillations Mazurek places gurgling tape effects and hard-chopped dissonant electronic burps.
Elżbieta Sikora has two lengthy compositions included here, the unsettling 'Letters to M.' from 1980, and the 1978-recorded 'View from the Window'. The latter is particularly exceptional, veering from mind-altering microtonal drones into chattering granular concréte sounds, before ending in heady metallic reverberations. One of the more recent tracks, Bernadetta Matuszczak's 1991 recording 'Libera Me' is also the compilation's boldest moment - a sci-fi opera experiment that accompanies male and female voices with bone-chilling Radiophonic electronics. Unmissable, this one - belters from beginning to end; fans of the legendary Creel Pone label are gonna need to grab.