“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.
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.
“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.
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!
Atom™ and Jacek Sienkiewicz each performed their own solo ambient/experimental sets at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw on the 10th of August 2014. Taking advantage of the situation, they decided to play an improvised joint set towards the end of the evening which was recorded and later edited into the version now presented. Musically, both artists explored the abstract realms of textures and soundscapes, going back and forth between tonal and atonal improvisations.
Consequently, given the catalogue number “No. 906″ it was placed in “No.”s well established 900 series. The 27 minute piece, even though dwelling in rather dark atmospheres, manages to establish a positively hypnotizing and, some may say “psychedelic”, effect. Certainly describing zero time collapsing, the way it had taken place, for some, in Warsaw on that very day.
Compilation of 120 miniatures created by 55 artists interpreting sounds of legendary composer and sound engineer – Eugeniusz Rudnik. One of them is Jacek Sienkiewicz.
Out in Fabruary 2015.
Eugeniusz Rudnik- A composer and sound engineer, born on the 28th of March, 1933 in the town of Nadkole.
Next to Andrzej Rakowski, Janusz Piechurski and Krzysztof Szlifirski, Rudnik was one of the first producers of electroacoustic music in Poland, and the co-creator of the so-called Polish school of electroacoustic music. He collaborated with numerous outstanding Polish artists on music installations and film soundtrack production. Some of the musicians Rudnik worked for are: Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Markowski, Włodzimierz Kotoński, Bogusław Schaeffer, Stanisław Radwan, Andrzej Dobrowolski, Arne Nordheim.
Already 32nd release on Recognition Records is a very special one. Produced together with the Goethe Institut in Warsaw, the records aims to celebrate 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner – the extraordinary composer, whose attitude towards any contemporary music medium was as much shocking, as inspiring. The label boss Jacek Sienkiewicz invited his companion Uwe Schmidt (known also as Atom ™, Atom Heart, Senor Coconut and a myriad of other disguises) to take a look at Wagner’s work – and here we are, with two totally different, but equally challenging variations on a theme. Atom TM’s tune is a majestic, classically-composed ambient piece, inspired by the famous Tristan Chord from Wagner’s opera, “Tristan & Isolde”. This track goes a way from quiet to almost bombastic, and for any means dramatic, which makes perfectly sense here. A serious, somewhat sordid, electronic tale of loss and separation, driven to o point of stubbornness rather than resignation, it fits the theme perfectly, at the same time being a very special addition to Atom’s vast catalogue. On the flipside, Jacek Sienkiewicz goes all deep techno in his epic “The Phantom Of Bayreuth”. So much different than Warsaw producers’ recent, complex work, it goes straight for some haunting string arrangement, soon underpinned by a muffled, minimal groove. Both main layers shift and intertwine, illustrating, as Jacek puts it, “the struggle, the drama, the passion one can find in Wagner’s music”. Neo-classical approach to a modern club rhythms? Stripped-down Romantic machine music?