Dekorder Double LP set Janek Schaefer released by Dekorder Dec 1st 2014
Dekorder presents two new vinyl editions composed and designed by UK sound artist Janek Schaefer,
who is known around the world for his wide variety of engaging and unpredictable works for installation, concert and composition.
Following his highly acclaimed 'Lay-by Lullaby' album on 12k [which Pitchfork listed in the 'Top 10 under-the-radar releases for 2014'],
Janek has created and collated a collection of tracks that showcase both his more ambient works , and his highly charged sonorities .
A beautiful pair of LP's that ideally should be experienced together for your home listening pleasure.
£19.99 + p&p - only here from the audiOh! Kiosk
[+ once you have bought the vinyl and listened/experienced the grooves... email me and I will send you MP3's if you want them]
The tracks were mastered by Stephan Mathieu and cut by Lupo at Calyx Mastering.
LP1 “Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams” [Dekorder 077]
A1 White Lights of Divine Darkness (for Sir John Tavener) 7:34
By chance I composed this for my brother-in-law the day he passed away.
In recent years he had seen the white lights of heavens gate, but returned,
and became fascinated by what he called God's divine darkness in this lifetime.
A2 Unfolding Honey 6:06
A track from my exhibition soundtrack 'Future Beauty, 30 years of Japanese fashion' held at The Barbican Gallery, London.
The exhibition featured some amazing folded garments by Issey Miyake, that inspired the unfurling feeling of the composition.
A3 Luxury 3:00
An orchestral drone piece featuring an old French lady singing to her cats with an extra celestial chorus.
A4 Skyline Ascending 3:28
A Carpenters LP piano loop is layered again and again over a high sky recording,
which was recorded using a helium balloon floating in the clouds over the city, with raindrops.
B1 Coda (for Sir John Dankworth) 5:00
In my early teens, I used to attend week long music camps in the grounds of Sir John Dankworth's home with Cleo Laine.
I used to know them, and composed this piece with one their vinyl's on the day I heard he died.
The installation premiered at the Sydney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury, broadcasting a 3 channel version to six 50's radios.
B2 The City of Dreams 8:28
Theme tune for the opening of "The Mill: City of Dreams" a site specific theatre production in a deserted mill in Bradford.
Piano motif recorded live with my twin-arm turntable, additional overlays recorded with Mark Robinson on his old family piano.
B3 Beyond 6:30
The Carpenter's return, sliding piano loops through recordings made in Grand Central Station at closing time when the vast hall was deserted,
and the full majesty of the acoustic space could be appreciated. Stilettos pass by forming polyrhythm's, as the last train announces it's departure...
LP2 “Inner Space Memorial in Wonderland” [Dekorder 078]
A1 Inner Space Memorial [for J.G.Ballard] 20:57 ......PREVIEW LINK
Over the years, I have produced a number of works in praise of the ideas of J.G Ballard. He lived just over the river from my home.
While reading his autobiography in 2009, I was wandering how to go and say hello, but found out I was too late.
I produced a monument in honour of him called the 'Inner Space Memorial', part of my Retrospective at the Bluecoat in Liverpool.
A pair of speaker cones were turned around to play back into the void of their cabinets. An epitaph for a great mind.
B1 Wonderland 20:00
Wonderland is the finale of my exhibition soundtrack to "Asleep at the wheel...". A work that questions where our culture is heading further down the highway ahead.
A single majestic daydream that drives you forwards as reality undertakes you. Location recordings were made in the middle of the night on a footbridge over the M3,
at the end of Ballard's street. Ideal music for when you need to stay awake on the road! I was fascinated to work out that while he was writing Crash and Concrete Island,
the six lane motorway was being built right past the front of his home.
> Promo Video : 'Luxury'
Touching Extremes [full review here]
Vital Weekly [full review here]
Darla.com US Distributor
Musique Machine here