Sound Artist, Entertainer & Professor, Janek Schaefer, studied Architecture at the Royal College of Art where he worked with Brian Eno, and Artangel, creating “Recorded Delivery” in 1995, and discovered how important sound is in perceiving space, and place. His foundsound concerts and installations explore the spatial, social and emotional qualities that sound can communicate, through the twisting of old and new technology most often working with record players and radio transmitters. The context of each idea is central to its development and resolution, often exploring themes of appropriation, accident, & alteration.
Schaefer has exhibited, lectured, and performed in over 30 countries inc Europe [Sonar, Tate Modern, Pompidou, ICA, Strasbourg Museum of Modern Art], Japan, Canada, China, USA [Walker Art Center, Mutek, Princeton, XI in NYC], and Australia [Sydney Opera House]. He has released 34 albums, including collaborations with Charlemagne Palestine, Philip Jeck, Robert Hampson, Stephan Mathieu, and a work in progress with William Basinski. In 2008 he won the British Composer of the Year Award in Sonic Art, and the Paul Hamlyn Award.
The Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool exhibited a Retrospective of his career to date in 2009. He is represented by the Agency gallery, London, and is Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes Sonic Art Research Unit. He lives and works in Walton-on-Thames, UK.