bloc // October 2, 2005

Janek Schaefer: performance lecture and live concert ⁄⁄

Date: 19:00 tuesday 15 november 2005
Location: england


Following the success of the first series of performance lectures, we have devised a second series that continues to present artists introducing their work through performance.

While studying architecture at the Royal College of Art, Janek Schaefer recorded the fragmented noises of a sound activated dictaphone travelling overnight through the postal system. That work, titled `Recorded Delivery` was made for the 1995 `Self Storage` exhibition (Time Out critics` choice) with one time postman Brian Eno and Artangel. Since then the multiple aspects of sound became his focus, resulting in many releases, installations, soundtracks for exhibitions, and concerts using his self built/invented record players with electro-acoustic collage. His Tri-phonic Turntable is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the `World`s Most Versatile Record Player`. Not content with one world record, Janek is also in the Guinness Book of Records as the holder of the record for vinyl record smashing (17 LPs in 30 seconds). He has performed, lectured and exhibited widely throughout Europe (Sonar, Tate Modern, ICA), USA/Canada, (The Walker, XI, Mutek, Princeton), Japan, and Australia (Sydney Opera House).

His concerts and installations explore the spatial and architectural aspect that sound can evoke and the twisting of technology. Hybrid analogue and digital techniques are used to manipulate field recordings with live modified vinyl and found sound to create evocative and involving environments. His CD `Above Buildings` (2000) was released on Fat Cat to considerable praise, (The Guardian CD of the week). He plays in a duo with Philip Jeck (`Songs for Europe` CD) and formed `Comae` the improvisational electro-acoustic duo with Robert Hampson (Main) in 1999. Janek runs his own label, audiOh!Recordings, as well as releasing work with Asphodel, Sub Rosa, Staalplaat, Hot Air, Sirr, Rhiz, Alluvial, DSP and Diskono. He currently works as a full time sound artist/sound designer/musician/visiting lecturer and composer from the audiOh! Room in London.

For this event, Janek will give a presentation of his work followed by a live concert.

bring a record

Janek likes to include locally produced music in his concerts and invites you to bring a record of local music for his use, preferably without beats or vocals.

admission £4 / £2 concessions

advance reservations: 0191 478 1810

later in performance lectures series 2:

01.12.05 Richard Dedomenici

15.12.05 My Dad`s Strip Club

26.01.06 Karen Finley

04.03.06 Lone Twin

30.03.06 Franko B

Area: not in wales