"Recital in the old library"
55minutes 256kbps MP3
audiOh! Recordings sleeveless release 2007
Live composition at the Sound:Space symposium
South Hill Park, Bracknell, 20th Jan 2007
"Astonishingly intimate" [The Wire]
An improvisation changing a variety of my favourite sounds that I have produced in the
previous few years for various releases alongside the magical discoveries made with
my twin turntable, mini discs, effects pedals, vinyl and mackie mixer.
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The room used to be full of words, so I began by using my spoken word record by T. S Eliot.
It was a special night for me as I had several members of my family, friends and my
neighbours there to hear and see what it is that I do when I leave the house.
I tried to make this as glorious as I could, and is dedicated to them all.
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Review in The Wire of the Sound:Space symposium featuring this concert, with my lecture & Vacant Space installaiton
“Recital in the old library” is the recording of a 2007 performance at the Sound:Space symposium at South Hill Park,
Bracknell. Schaefer was particularly inspired that night, due to the presence of “several members of my family, friends
and neighbours there to hear and see what it is that I do when I leave the house”. The composition, although starting
with spoken texts by T.S.Eliot (courtesy of Schaefer’s own record library), is a classic collection of sonic reminiscences,
deployed and seamed with masterful skill by the author, who used both extracts from previous recordings and sounds
derived from his experiments with modified turntables, effects and minidiscs, all going into a Mackie mixer. An artistic
summary of sorts, “Recital” stands nevertheless as a pretty impressive piece of work itself, cramming many of the most
fascinating aspects of Schaefer’s vision within a timeframe of less than one hour. The “here and now” factor is often
questioned in favour of warped recollections of a past so distant that even memory fails in tracing its coordinates. Still,
there’s a lingering sense of almost childish, mournful perception of an existence that continuously mutates and, ideally,
evolves (it probably degenerates instead, but that's another story), yet seems to leave no more useful reasons
for people to relish their solitary excursions through self-discovery.
A satisfying release...