Calla | July News
- Created on Saturday, 26 February 2011 22:01
Janek Schaefer's most notable work has been the invention of the Tri-Phonic and Twin turntables, alongside the exploration of new experimental Eccentric and Fragmented vinyl cutting techniques. His Recorded Delivery project sent a sound activated Dictaphone through the post for an installation organised in a self storage centre in London. He has released CD1s and records for Fat Cat [UK], K-raa-K3 [Belgium], Hot Air [UK], and Diskono [Scotland] and is currently working on a new solo album for Sub Rosa [Belgium]. He also formed a duo with Robert Hampson in 1999 called Comae1 whose debut release is due out on Rhiz records [Vienna] this year. Schaefer has toured widely performing live Foundsoundscapes composed from the evocative, emotive and dynamic layering of abstracted textures and tones culled from ancient vinyl and manipulated field recordings. Janek was selected as 'Sound Designer of the Year' by Creative Review Magazine [UK] in 1999 and was awarded an 'Honorary Mention' at the Ars Electronica Festival [Austria] in 2001 for his album 'Above Buildings'. He works and lives in London.
I-Sound works extensively in the fields of DJ culture, free improvisation and electronic composition. Since arriving in New York he has collaborated with a staggering number of established musicians while also making a name for himself as a solo performer. With a style that balances uncompromising experimentalism with healthy doses of populism, I-Sound attempts to bridge the gaps between high and low, academy and street, chaos and structure. He has recently remixed Calla's "Slum Creeper" for an upcoming release on Quatermass and colloborated with To Rococo Rot on "Music is a Hungry Ghost".
Crumbles Recovery is an electronic improvisational duo with Wayne b. Magruder and Sean Donovan using free-form improvisation and digital manipulation to explore sound mass. They make up 2/3rds of the Brooklyn based group Calla.
Upcoming Calla shows include Central Park Summerstage on August 17th in New York (with Christian Marclay and Vision Into Art) and Casa Del Popolo in Montreal on September 2.
Calla tee-shirts are now available for purchase online. Order now and receive a free live cd recorded in Texas and New York.
A lengthy profile piece with some nice pictures is
look for a print version to appear later this fall.
Also, an archived video of the Calla performance at Brownies can we viewed at: http://www.dcn.com
Williamette Week (July 18, 2001)
CALLA: SCAVENGERS (Young God)
Ambient electronics whisk forlorn desert blues into a black night sky.
The dusty shudder and dry crackle of these acoustic strums, snakeskin drums and ambient hums will undoubtedly get Calla slotted into the "desert rock" niche that's so chic these days. Sucks to be them. Because Calla's music, while it's stark as a sun-bleached skull in Death Valley, doesn't ooze the contrived moods and affectations of some current indie kid who just discovered Neil Young and Godspeed You Black Emperor! Not only did the trio's members actually grow up in Texas, the ghost of some genuine hurt lurks in these shadows.
This is noctural listening: Inky black skies and heavy clouds of minimal, minor-key chords haunt the atmosphere with sadness. Vocals crack and whisper in tales seductive, secretive and bleeding, sepia memories of "you inside my arms, inside my hands, paralyzing every sense I ever had." Gently sputtering distortion twists into serpentine forms that wind across sparse electronic drones so organic they seem reborn every time you listen to the disc. And then the slow crescendos rise like whirling UFOs come to take us away. Until the next song beams us right back in the thick of it all. Or you reach the end of the album and press play again--as you may well want to do. Calla soaks into your bones like arsenic, potent and quietly lethal. (JG)