Komplex

Roger Döring / Konrad Korabiewski, 2016

For as much as my aesthetics may define me, there are some bits that are still pretty mysterious. I can't always explain what attracts me, even if something exerts a strong pull. The odd pairing of saxophone with electronics seems inexhaustibly interesting to me. My previous attempts at explaining the attraction fail to fully answer for its appeal. Thus, I ended up buying a copy of Roger Döring and Konrad Karabiewski's Komplex, after listening to only to a scant few samples.

Korabiewski is credited in the duo with "live processing"—essentially adding effects and treatments to Döring's reeds as they are played. This sort of configuration usually leads to a heavy hand on the effects, since only the saxophonist is contributing original sonic content. Quite surprisingly, Korabiewski has a soft touch, letting the saxophone breath—using his role more to provide an atmospheric contextualization. I haven't heard such subtle manipulation since Brian Eno and Harold Budd's collaborations.