JANEK SCHAEFER
In The Last Hour

[Room40, www.room40.org]

Over the last decade, it was difficult not to come across Janek Schaefer's work. His installations and grand productions were always strong enough to stand on their own merit, without any hype or unnecessary fanfare. It's a tricky thing for an artist to admit they have a favourite album. That's almost like a parent saying they have a favourite child. Thing is, Schaefer has admitted his latest work, "In The Last Hour" to be his favourite. Performed [and recorded] back in November 2005 at the Huddersfield Town Hall, Schaefer insisted his audience lie down on cushions on the floor. The sound emanated from a set of eight speakers in front, behind and above the audience, while lights illuminated the ceiling on and off throughout the performance. Schaefer used a variety of instruments - Magnus chord organ, various location recordings, piano, wind organ, music box, bells, clarinet, mini discs, loop pedals, mixer and various editing software. Hearing this mass of sounds, it's easy to imagine how the audience was given a fully relaxing audio trip. As quiet as it gets, with recognizable sounds still distinct enough. The sounds glide easily, oftentimes moving at a morose pace. Pacing is everything in Schaefer's music - from the intricate sound of the barrelling organ, the sounds of crickets, harsh rainfall, to the sounds of clicks and pops in a scratched up piece of vinyl. It's all in the minute sounds of the details where the beauty is found. Close your eyes. Turn off and become one with these sounds. I'm not one to be easily impressed by a piece of music but could it be that "In The Last Hour" has just become my favourite recording of this past year?

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Zombie Nation - Black Toys
+ Geoff White - Neverthless
+ Vintage Future
+ Mathias Kaden & Onur Oezer - Momentum - A Vakant Mix Compilation
+ John Tejada - Cleaning Sounds Is A Filthy Business
+ Marcin Czubala/Dandi & Ugo - Split
+ Spika - Sonic Journey Through New Life
+ Sebastian San - Duel
+ Salut Rec 2006
+ Rule - Controller
+ To Rococo Rot - Taken From Vinyl
+ T.Raumschmiere - Random Noize Session - Vol. 1
+ Pop Ambient 2007
+ Music To Play In The Club - Vol. 1
+ Move D - Kunstoff
+ Max Mohr - Trickmixer's Revenge
+ Luomo - Paper Tigers
+ Heiko Laux - Waves
+ Kiki - Trust Me
+ Jet - Shine On
+ Idea Hoard Uncut
+ Husky - Zgadnij
+ Robert Henke - Layering Buddha
+ Thomas Heckmann - Tangents
+ Gigolo Showcase No. 10
+ P.Diddy - Press Play
+ Freestyle Candies 2
+ Camouflage - Relocated
+ Bolz Bolz - Data Error
+ F.S. Blumm - Drawings
+ Belka & Strelka - Tales From The Projector Room
+ Peter Brotzmann/Hamid Drake - The Dried Rat-Dog / Billy Bang/Denis Charles - Bangception. Willisau 1982 / Matthew Shipp Duo with Roscoe Mitchell - 2-Z / Max Roach/Anthony Braxton - One In Two, Two In One
+ Tree People - Tree People
+ Merzbow - Sha Mo 3000 / Merzbow/Jamie Saft - Merzdub
+ Gary Higgins - Red Hash
+ Nick Castro - A Spy in the House of God
+ Sabine Vogel - Aus dem Fotoalbum eines Pinguins
+ Ferran Fages/Will Guthrie - Cinabri
+ Howlin' Ghost Proletarians - The Singer

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>> JANEK SCHAEFER - In The Last Hour
+ IMMUNE - Sound Inside
+ ELLIOTT SHARP - Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk!
+ ALEXANDER TUCKER - Furrowed Brow
+ sunnO))) & BORIS - Altar
+ NEW LOUSADZAK - Human Songs
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Beyond Istanbul - Underground Grooves of Turkey / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Shtetl Super Stars - Funky Jewish Sounds From Around The World
+ GILBERT HOLMSTROM - A Celebration of 50 Years in Jazz
+ BARZIN - My Life In Rooms
+ ASTROPHAGUS - Casualties
+ THE BAD HAND - This is No Time for Modesty
+ MAGDA - She's a Dancing Machine / DOCTOR QUIRKEY'S GOODTIME EMPORIUM BAND - A 6 / VITAMINSFORYOU - The Legend of Bird's Hill / CHARLES GAYLE - Consider The Lilies… / DAN JOSEPH ENSEMBLE - Archaea / JOHN MEDESKI, MATTHEW SHIPP - Scotty Hard's Radical Reconstructive Surgery / WORKING FOR A NUCLEAR FREE CITY - Working for a Nuclear Free City / FLORIAN WEBER / JEFF DENSON / ZIV RAVITZ - Minsarah / LOWER FORTY-EIGHT - Apertures / HOLIDAY FOR STRINGS - Holiday For Strings / WARNE MARSH QUARTET - Ne Plus Ultra / CALL ME POUPEE - Western Shanghai / HUMCRUSH - Hornswoggle / SHRIEKBACK - Cormorant / HASEGAWA-SHIZUO - Gene Packs / ABASSI ALL STARS - Showcase / RICCARDO TESI - CLAUDIO CARBONI - Crinali
+ HERESI - Psalm II / KHLYST - Chaos is my Name
+ JOE SACHSE - Riff / JOE SACHSE / DAVID MOSS / GEORGE LEWIS - Berlin Tango
+ OLIVER LAKE QUARTET - Live / TRIO 3 - Time Being
+ TOM DJLL - Bellerophone - Smudge - Mutootator
+ BROADCAST - The Future Crayon
+ HISATO HIGUCHI - Dialogue
+ FOREST JACKSON - Cymbalism

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Avant Festival - relacja z festiwalu w gdańskim Żaku (29-30.10.2006)
+ Soulful groove music - rozmowa ze Splankiem (Zombie Nation)
+ Too much beats - rozmowa z Marco Haas'em alias T. Raumschmiere
+ Lawina dźwięków - wywiad z Bartoszem Słatyńskim, Tomaszem Gołuchowskim i Michałem Gołuchowskim (Avalanche)