Polish Noise Musician Zbigniew Karkowski Dies at 55

Polish Noise Musician Zbigniew Karkowski Dies at 55
Polish noise experimenter Zbigniew Karkowski was reportedly only diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 10 weeks ago, but he has now apparently passed away. He was 55.

This sad news comes from his colleague Anton Lukoszevieze, who tweeted [via Spin] yesterday (December 12), "My friend and collaborator Zbigniew Karkowski has died, he was a rare and extraordinary person, R.I.P."

Born in Krakow, Poland, Karkowski was a formally trained musician who studied his craft at various institutions and wrote orchestral pieces, chamber music and even dabbled in opera. He's perhaps most widely recognized for his noise-mongering sound experiments and electroacoustic compositions. He spent his later years living in Tokyo.

Karkowski had various collaborative projects over the years, including his former group Sensorband and projects with Peter Rehberg, Merzbow and Jim O' Rourke, among others.

In a review of 2012's Nerve cell_0, a collaboration with Lukoszevieze, we wrote, "This dense piece isn't easy to digest, but it's most certainly beautiful."

Read Karkowski's essay about sound and music, which is part science and part philosophy, right here.