Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Music
cover art

Janek Schaefer

Phoenix & Phaedra Holding Patterns

(Spekk; US: Import; UK: 29 Aug 2011)

British composer/installation artist Janek Schaefer’s latest release, Phoenix & Phaedra Holding Patterns, is the result of a live concert involving an immersive sound system in combination with a short range FM transmitter, which broadcast to a collection of portable radios given to audience members. With no performer present the piece takes on an eerie but beautiful quality that probably doesn’t come off entirely in the recorded medium. No matter, there are some real moments of beauty here, where there is plenty of evidence as to why Schaefer has managed to sweep up plenty of acclaim in his native land. Don’t let anyone tell you that experimental music is all dross.

Rating:

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


Media
Related Articles
By Eamon P. Joyce
31 Dec 1994
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.