If all that the exhibition offered was Extended Play you would not feel short changed. However there is much more. Other more playful works represented here include Recorded Delivery ( a recording of the fragmented noises of a sound activated dictaphone travelling overnight through the Post Office) and a work involving a turntable whose ‘arm’ is held above the record player with a helium baloon allowing the watcher to randomly play the vinyl below. I could have happily spent hours with this!
The newly commissioned work National Portrait (the last submission) didn’t quite have the impact of some of the earlier works. The work celebrates the last 24 hours of analogue television broadcast across Liverpool by randomly playing extracts across a series of TV screens. With analogue switch off sweeping across the UK maybe this is a work which will grow and develop with time. The opening also featured re creations of a number of ‘key’ sound art piece of the 1960’s – including one which involved the destruction of a piano by nailing the keys together. Unfortunately it was too dark to get any coverage so piano lovers need not look away!
Its a fascinating and rewarding exhibition which often makes you feel like your participating in a performance and not just simply watching. Talking of performance Schaefer (who describes himself on his web site http://www.audioh.com as a sound artist, musician, composer, sound designer, voiceover artist and lucky dip disco dj) is joined by Philip Jeck and Vasco Alvo for a live performance on Sat 9 January.