The Quietus | News | Nicolás Jaar organizes a compilation of Polish experimental music


Nicolás Jaar has curated a new compilation of Polish experimental music from the second half of the 20th century.

Separated into two parts, Would it sound as bad if you played it backwards? consists of recordings created at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, a creative space in Warsaw, between 1959 and 2001. Among the artists whose music features on the release are Magdalena Długosz, Elżbieta Sikora, Włodzimierz Kotoński and Bogusław Schaeffer. (The latter’s music is also central to Matmos’ new album, which has just been released.)

The release via Jaar’s Other People label is featured alongside footage from Warsaw artist Zofia Kulik, while Jaar also produced a mix featuring selections from both parts of the compilation, which you can listen to here. Find the two installments of the compilation via Other People’s Bandcamp Page.

Would it sound as bad if you played it backwards? follows Jaar’s involvement in the Unsound-commanded weavings collaborative project of which he was the spearhead. The music created as a result of the commission was released earlier this year by the Unsound label.

Would it sound as bad if you played it backwards? is now available on Other People.

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