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Since his debut more than two decades ago, Jacek Sienkiewicz became something of an institution; regarded as one of the pioneers of Polish electronic music scene, for years he was recognised mainly for his dense, emotive, soulful sound, converting vocabulary of Detroit techno into his absolutely singular language. Eventually, this led to unmistakably individual sound, but also fairly secluded position.

His music, transmitted from his Warsaw base through different established channels, but primary via his own Recognition label (almost 50 releases in 20 years), albeit retaining its dancefloor potential was always in some way leaning towards experiment and adventure in sound design, and during recent few years this direction became evident.

In 2014 his collaborations with AtomTM, resulted with joint live record and solo abstract album on No. A series of performances with Max Loderbauer were documented by live album for Berlin Atonal, as well as last year’s stunning “End” CD on Recognition. Also in 2017, Jacek released “9702” LP and “9799” 12”, compiling a selection of his earliest recordings (from late 90s) – which appeared to sound shockingly fresh and up to date, also exemplifying outlines for further development and experiments. Finally, 2018 saw “123418”, a digital-only album containing four extended pieces – “abstract sound paintings”, balancing layers of heavily processed sounds with unorthodox rhythm patterns.

For this year, Jacek is preparing one of his most ambitious works to date. Divided into three records, seemingly different, yet united by general concept, it’s the result of years of studio work utilising different ways of sound manipulation. “IMOW” (“In My Own Wave”) is a set of short, heterogeneous pieces utilising hardware experimentation, drones and voice samples, an 8-part ritual equally primeval and futuristic. “BTWN” (“Between”) is a “classic” ambient album, 50 minutes of truly beautiful music, derived solely from MIDI errors and wandering synth notes. Finally, “Drogi”, released with Bołt Records, is a hommage to Bohdan Mazurek, one of the key composers of Polish contemporary electronic and electro-acoustic music, for years working at the famous Polish radio Experimental Studio. Jacek follows his offbeat approach towards sound, utilising a range of sources and techniques, from his teenage tape recordings through hardware to modern sample editing. Those three records, complimenting each other, will be released in three different formats – vinyl LP, digital download and CD and carefully mastered by Atom Tm / Uwe Schmit.

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“123418” mini album is out now

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Inicjacja from Polish Dance Theatre on Vimeo.

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“9702” by Jacek Sienkiewicz – archives – out now !

Jacek Sienkiewicz “9702” (R-CD006) – out now
release date : 02/06/2017

Recognition opens up its archives and invites to a futuristic sentimental journey with respective stages set by the “9702”. Album contains a set of varied tracks recorded within five years after Warsaw label’s launch and its first release. Extended compositions and short improvised sound notes resemble eccentric propositions of such labels as (early) Warp or Rephlex, standing next to melancholy-saturated minimalistic techno and abstract collage structures which prove out to share many characteristics of clicks’n’cuts movement of the second half of the 1990’s. Usage of human voice samples is an outstanding feature of many of these archive materials. Entirety of mastered-anew content encompassing both records, contains all principal trademarks which distinguish Jacek Sienkiewicz’s creations and his label Recognition – utmost care about depth of sound sphere, experimental inclinations and focus on complex motoric aspect of the rhythmical base. This collection of music from Recognition’s first five years, surprising for its freshness and sheer impetus, is a must for all fans of Jacek Sienkiewicz and Polish electronic music of the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries.


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END by Max Loderbauer & Jacek Sienkiewicz

Kosmos of sound phenomena is devoid of a distinct beginning and end, fluid and polymorphous. Stream of sound is continuous, no matter whether and which volatile events are registered, and which ones are omitted. It is a complex state which transgresses borders defined by source, signal and mechanism of perception. Pastoral/tropical soundscapes and post-brutalist compositions by Max Loderbauer and Jacek Sienkiewicz from their “End” CD seem to evoke those situations where can actually hear objects, shapes and time flow itself, a sort of synaesthesia which erases and obliterates beginnings and ends of events, processes and phenomena. Apocalyptic and contemplative spaces generated by this pair of seasoned sound creators explode genre bastions of ambient and IDM, leading into the spectral areas once explored by such pioneers and Popol Vuh or Ilhan Mimaroglu. Above all, etheric and extra-sensitive “End” marks the meeting of two incurable individualists, who use various tools of their trade to come up with a surprisingly atemporal effect, an insistent pulse of detail on an ever-morphing background. Without vivid commentary and recognizable soundbites of the present, “End” is simultaneously an interesting projection of hopes and anxieties of the New Age. Core of tracks included on the record has been produced on the occasion of Max and Jacek appearing as a live duo during 2015’s Berlin Atonal festival, which resulted in well received “Alpine-Tatra-Himalaian” EP “Ridges”. Remaining compositions are natural conclusion of their friendship, conversations, meetings, trips and recording sessions that operate according to the rule of free improvisation with a reduced instrumental setup.


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Jacek Sienkiewicz “Hideland” LP/CD/Digital

“Hideland”, new record by Polish electronic music producer Jacek Sienkiewicz is released precisely year after “Drifting”, which largely explored tropes of classical club techno sound. Eight (nine in extended CD version) tracks comprising this album go beyond easy-to-pigeonhole genres, creating a microcosm of utopian sound constructs. Surprisingly unobvious and precisely composed release could be fascinating both for loyal fans and for new listeners looking for threads of experimentalism. It’s another intriguing proposal in Jacek Sienkiewicz’s growing discography, but above all – a laboratory where dreams and artistic visions metamorphose into concrete reality.

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Instinct – highly anticipated record released by highly unanticipated duo of two labels Bocian (whose repertoire stretches from freeform noise to improvised jazz) and Recognition (known for state-of-the-art modern techno sound). Four new tracks by Jacek Sienkiewicz appear both as essence and antithesis of artist’s earlier work, instead confronting listener with hardly categorisable and puzzling form. You can still manage to hear echoes of electronic music masters (from Autechre to Xenakis) in this material, but Instinct functions as an autonomous entity, or a sound event provoking questions rather than attempting to answer them. This proposal, very distinct and floating beyond today’s tendencies, will undoubtedly worry pessimists shedding their tears over end-of-all-aesthetics and music losing its magical aura. It is also quite likely to awaken a need for further exploration in all listeners open enough – and daring enough.


Screen shot 2015-05-06 at 6.34.59 PMartwork: Odile Bernard Schroeder

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“Ridges” is a result of a creative encounter between veteran of improvised avant-electronics Max Loderbauer (among others, co-creator of Sun Electric, member of
Moritz von Oswald Trio, and frequent collaborator of Ricardo Villalobos) and spiritus movens of Warsaw-based label Recognition Jacek Sienkiewicz. Meeting takes place not
only on the level of investigating pure sound and building complex structures, but also on the level of fascination with mountainside aura and mystique that is common to
both artists: Alps (Loderbauer) and Tatra (Sienkiewicz), as well as with the vocal cultures of communities inhabiting theese areas. Deeply introspective and individualistic
confrontation between two peer sensibilities and imaginative worlds gave birth to two separate compositions in the vein of contemplative electronic music at it purest.

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NOMATTER – the new album on NO WARE is out now!

This full length album, released as catalogue number No. 302, features seven highly crafted pieces of dark, abstract ambient, if we dare to add those adjectives to this very original creation. The tracks on “Nomatter” were created between 2008 and 2014 and carefully sequenced into the album. Touching the psychedelic side of ambient- and industrial music, Jacek Sienkiewicz has without doubt managed to expand the narrow vocabulary of said genres. The east is the new west!




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