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Schaefer, Janek: Glitter In My Tears (Room40)

A phenomenal album of mysteriously ambient and emotionally evocative music from London sound artist Janek Schaefer, creating 26 vignettes of dream states from texture, atmosphere, and emotive acoustic states, a collection of interludes, like reflective memories, interweave and carry the listener through passionate and beautiful passages.

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UPC: 739027481997

Label: Room40
Catalog ID: RM 485CD
Squidco Product Code: 24182

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2017
Country: Australia
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve
Recorded at the Audio! Room, in Walton-on-Thames, England, in 2017.


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track listing:

1. Sparkles Into The Light Of Night 06:02

2. Beam Me Up 03:45

3. If Only 01:08

4. Lagoon 01:59

5. Looking For Love 01:13

6. Low Points 01:55

7. Rise 01:49

8. Coming To 01:10

9. Swallow Hole 02:45

10. What Comes Around 02:27

11. Distant Signs 01:13

12. Reflection Waves 04:33

13. Spells 00:23

14. Dawn Draws In 01:57

15. All In The Mind 03:00

16. Walking In 00:48

17. Missing Moment 01:31

18. Beyond Hope 01:12

19. Haunted Hall 04:03

20. Hells Bells 00:58

21. Forgetting The Way Forward 00:54

22. Falls From Favour 02:14

23. Tale Of Two Angels 03:07

24. Wanderings 02:20

25. Glitter In My Tears 02:01

26. Conclusions In Two Minds 02:50
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"Glitter in my tears marks the 20th anniversary of Janek Schaefer's career as a recording artist, having now released 30 albums.

His music is best comprehended through examining his time as an architect, and how that forged his innate sense for constructing tactile atmospheres, that navigate through unknown structures and forgotten spaces, creating profound new places. Over his career he has placed focus on the relationship between body, medium, and sound, creating a field of work that defies easy definition. An architect of foundsoundscapes.

For Schaefer, the medium plays as great a role as the message itself. He creates music that exposes the marks and memories of a variety of media, as presented in the 26 tracks on Glitter in my tears, an eclectic album that celebrates the sense of overwhelming desolation held in the music. A subdued cathartic opus.

Each piece is a microcosm of haunted memory, that unites to create a record of melancholic vignettes, and is easily his most critical recorded work to date.

It's a record that reflects Schaefer's obsession with texture, atmosphere, and emotive acoustic states. Multiple interludes, like active memories, lace into one another. Their relation is temporal, and shaped very much by the settings in which they are encountered. Like the very best ambient music, Glitter in my tears is an acoustic reflector of sorts, rebounding off the places and spaces within which it is experienced. This process means the record is never static, but in a constant state of discovery and rediscovery.

Schaefer comments, "The album was composed over the last decade, in moments when most people are asleep in the dark, while the lucky ones are still dancing in the lights. It's a record of delightful dark emotions evolving from the evocative dreams we yearn for, with our feet firmly on the floor, always wanting more. An unfolding compendium of motifs and repetitive fragments, fading from the memories of our emotions. Sparkling lights glisten in the hidden shadows of our feelings, with outpourings of love falling through the depths of despair. It is based on a true story". "-Room40

Artist Biographies:

"Janek Schaefer is a London-based sound artist, composer and entertainer, born in England to Polish and Canadian parents in 1970. He is known for his innovative work with sound and installation art. In 2008, he won The British Composer of the Year Award for Sonic Art & The Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers Prize. He is Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes Sonic Research Unit, and In 2009 the Bluecoat gallery in Liverpool mounted a retrospective exhibition of his 20-year career.

While studying architecture at the Royal College of Art [RCA annual prize], Schaefer recorded the fragmented noises of a sound activated dictaphone travelling overnight through the Post Office. That work, titled 'Recorded Delivery' 1995 was made for the '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 manipulated found sound collage. The 'Tri-phonic Turntable' is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the 'World's Most Versatile Record Player'. 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.

The context of each idea is central to its development and resolution. 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 was released on Fat Cat to considerable praise, [The Guardian CD of the week]. He has played in duos and released albums with Philip Jeck (Songs for Europe CD), Robert Hampson (Comae CD), Stephan Mathieu (Hidden Name CD) and Charlemagne Palestine [Day of the Demons LP], with a forthcoming LP with William Basinski. He lives and works at the audiOh! Room in Walton-on-Thames on the left edge of London, with his wife and two children.

In 2008, Schaefer won The British Composer of The Year Award for Sonic Art for his project Extended Play Triptych for the child survivors of war and conflict. The same year he won The Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers Prize. He was the 'McKnight Composer in Residence' for the American Composers Forum, USA 2002/3. In 2004 his Random Playing LP called 'Skate' received the 'Award of Distinction' at the Prix Ars Electronica, Austria. He has two Guinness World Records [1997 & 2003]"

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