HELMUT SCHAFER was born in Graz, Austria in 1969. From 1983 he was inspired by the use of electronic music tools such as TB 303 and DR 606, Commodore and Atari computers, the first 16 bit Sampler (Casio FZ 1), different samplers and various other midi tools. He studied audio engineering and spent several years learning techniques to use electronic music tools and to understand sound. Following this he worked all over Austria as an audio engineer. 1997 he had the first success as an artist with the realization of an earthquake simulation project called "IP Zentrum" for Steweag Kunstpreis in 1997. This project was afterwards also shown at the ARS electronica festival in 1997 and at the Documenta in Kassel, also in 1997. In 1997 he created a four week long studio/lab/workshop about recent developments in the fields of electronic and computer music and it's tools. This project was presented as a part of "Technoscope Endoscape" programmed during Steirischer Herbst Festival 97. During this project he met for the first time with Zbigniew Karkowski and they started collaborating together. This collaboration resulted in two works; the piece "don't touch me I am electric" released on compilation sampler 'End ID' by Digital Narcis label in Osaka, and the cd "Disruptor" released by OR label in London. After this Schafer stopped working as an audio engineer and started to focus on his own music only. Since then - his sound work is characterized by the use of very intense and direct musical language which powerfully describes his personal experiences and reflections on society structures, the blindness of modern and informed masses and everyday functionalism in between civilization. These are existential terms, which Schafer likes to abstract, by processing them with his sound language in order to stimulate the sub consciousness. Since 1996 Schafer collaborated on various projects with the following artist: Zbigniew Karkowski, Atau Tanaka, Kasper Toeplitz, Settel Zack, Edwin van der Heide, Laurent Dailleau, Randy Yau, Scott Arford, Bob Ostertag, Graham Haynes, Will Guthrie, Zvonka Simcic, Theatre Gromki, KDES, Zenial - Palsecam, Karl Jensac, Christian F. Schiller, Geever, Elisabeth Gmeiner, Walter Kratner, Carmel Zekri, Aly Keita, Yacouba Moumouni and others. He performed his music in Japan, America, Africa, Europe and China.
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HELMUT SCHAFER 14.08.1969 - 20.04.2007 "noise as a language"
So the point is that so much words existing, and we get better and better to use them for hiding the truth. You can use sound in the same way, stimulating some nice and warm feeling in middle of chaos, but from time to time we all should stimulate strictness, clearness, intensity, directness, set free some anger to bring up the basic truth of our present. Noise can be seen as the chance to go into the back of things, as a therapy which is able to confront ourselves with others lesser good looking sides of life without getting frustrated by this. See it as a source of very special energies, it gives power to see more clear and swim against.