Janek Schaefer

Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams

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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 [077], and his highly charged sonorities [078]. A beautiful pair of LP's that ideally should be experienced together for your home listening pleasure. The tracks were mastered by Stephan Mathieu and cut by Lupo at Calyx Mastering.

"Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams"

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 fabric 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 tents, within the grounds of Sir John Dankworth's home with Cleo Laine. I used to know them, and composed this piece with one of 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...

Janek Schaefer: Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams

White Lights of Divine Darkness (for Sir John Tavener) Janek Schaefer
Unfolding Honey Janek Schaefer
Luxury Janek Schaefer
Skyline Ascending Janek Schaefer
Coda (for Sir John Dankworth) Janek Schaefer
City of Dreams Janek Schaefer
Beyond Janek Schaefer

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