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The Sporting Guide to the Speed of Sound

by Janek Schaefer

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Recording of a site-specific musical work performed live in Loughborough University’s David Wallace Sports Hall on Sunday 2nd December 2007. With the audience lying on gym mats on the floor, Schaefer played in a pool of red light from the mouth of a handball goal. The work combined on-site recordings made of various balls rolling across the hall’s floor and being hit by bats; instruments and vinyl records from the University’s collection; and Schaefer's twin turntable, mini discs, effects pedals, and mackie mixer. The suspended wooden floor and cavernous reverb in the space added to the specific sonic quality of the concert, which ended with the live sampling of Ravel’s Bolero, as made infamous by Torvill & Dean at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in 1984.

Commissioned by Radar for 'You Are the Music While the Music Lasts', 2007.



released December 2, 2007


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