Janek Schaefer

Janek Schaefer

Janek Schaefer was born in middle England to Polish and Canadian parents in 1970. After preparing sound collages as a boy, Janek's musical career was fractured in his teens when, as head chorister at school, his voice broke. A decade later, while studying architecture at the Royal College of Art, the fragmented noises of a sound activated tape recorder travelling overnight through the British postal system were to re-establish his audio career. That work, titled 'Recorded Delivery,' was made for an exhibition with one time postman Brian Eno. Since then the nature of sound has been his primary area of exploration, resulting in many releases, installations and soundtracks for exhibitions, and most notably performances involving his self built/invented 'Twin' and 'Tri-phonic' turntable (which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the 'World's Most Versatile Record Player').

Using hybrid analogue and digital techniques to manipulate field recordings with live modified vinyl and found sound in a 'Concrete ruffian style' (The Wire, 1998), his most recent work has been examining the role of vinyl as a compositional tool with the 'Skate' LP/installation 'Wow' 7" and the 'On/Off LP'. He formed 'Comae', the improvisational electro-acoustic duo with Robert Hampson in 1999, with new collaborations due for release soon with Philip Jeck, Rothko, and Gino Zardo (a New York based photographer).

Janek runs his own label, AudiOh!, and studio, AudiOh! Room, as well as releasing work with Sub Rosa, Hot Air, Staalplaat, Sirr.ecords, Rhiz, and Diskono. He now operates as a full time sound artist/composer/musician from the audiOh!Room in London.
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Janek Schaefer Discography Tracks


audiOh!01 Janek Schaefer Recorded Delivery(CD) audiOh! Recordings audiOh!01 UK 1995 Sell This Version
audiOh!02 Janek Schaefer 95degree Angles(Cass) audiOh! Recordings audiOh!02 UK 1996 Sell This Version
audiOh!03 Janek Schaefer Disturbed in disguise(Cass) audiOh! Recordings audiOh!03 UK 1996 Sell This Version
audiOh!04 Janek Schaefer His Master's Voices(LP) audiOh! Recordings audiOh!04 UK 1997 Sell This Version
audiOh!05 Janek Schaefer HITS(Cass, Album) audiOh! Recordings audiOh!05 UK 1998 Sell This Version
audiOh! 07 Janek Schaefer Rotation & Oscillation(Cass) audiOh! Recordings audiOh! 07 UK 1998 Sell This Version
K3017 Janek Schaefer Out(CD, Album) (K-RAA-K)³ K3017 Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
FAT-SP02 Janek Schaefer Above Buildings(CD, Album) FatCat Records FAT-SP02 UK 2000 Sell This Version
audiOh! 09 Janek Schaefer On/Off LP(LP, S/Sided, Num) audiOh! Recordings audiOh! 09 UK 2001 Sell This Version
audiOh! 12 Janek Schaefer Pulled Under(CD, Album) audiOh! Recordings audiOh! 12 UK 2002 Sell This Version
AS03 Janek Schaefer Le Petit Theatre De Mercelis(CD) Audiosphere AS03 Belgium 2002 Sell This Version
sirr 2010 Janek Schaefer Black Immure {Music From The Casa De Serralves In Twelve Phases}(CD, Album) Sirr sirr 2010 Portugal 2003 Sell This Version
MTK_CLB02 Stephan Mathieu, Radboud Mens, Janek Schaefer, Timeblind Stephan Mathieu, Radboud Mens, Janek Schaefer, Timeblind - Quality Hotel(CD, Album) Mutek_Rec MTK_CLB02 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
audiOh! 11, STmCD 023 Janek Schaefer Skate / Rink(LP, S/Sided + CD, Mini) audiOh! Recordings, Staalplaat audiOh! 11, STmCD 023 UK 2003 Sell This Version
Philip Jeck / Janek Schaefer Philip Jeck / Janek Schaefer - Songs For Europe (Piosenki Dla Europy) (Album) Asphodel US 2004 Sell This Version
dfrgcd089 Janek Schaefer Cold Storage(CD, Album) Defrag Sound Processing dfrgcd089 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
[bleep 31] Janek Schaefer Migration(CD, Album) BiP_HOp [bleep 31] France 2005 Sell This Version
RM419 Janek Schaefer In The Last Hour(CD, Album) Room40 RM419 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
Crónica 027~2006 Stephan Mathieu & Janek Schaefer Stephan Mathieu & Janek Schaefer - Hidden Name(CD, Album) Crónica Crónica 027~2006 Portugal 2006 Sell This Version
audiOh! 18 Janek Schaefer Recital In The Old Library(File, Album) audiOh! Recordings audiOh! 18 UK 2007
Janek Schaefer Extended Play [Triptych For The Child Survivors Of War And Conflict] (Album) Line US 2008 Sell This Version
SIRR 0031 Janek Schaefer Alone At Last(CD, Album) Sirr SIRR 0031 Portugal 2008 Sell This Version
Janek Schaefer Phoenix & Phaedra Holding Patterns (Album) Spekk Japan 2011 Sell This Version
Crónica 062~2011 Janek Schaefer Double Exposure(12xFile, MP3, 320) Crónica Crónica 062~2011 Portugal 2011
MDTS 07 Janek Schaefer Asleep At The Wheel(Cass, Album, Ltd, C40) My Dance The Skull MDTS 07 UK 2011 Sell This Version