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A sound activated tape recorder travels overnight through the UK Post Office via Recorded Delivery service in 1995.
The dictaphone automatically edits the 15 hour journey down to a 72min recording, capturing only the significant sounds right up until the parcel is signed for at the end, where it was exhibited in a self storage building. The highlight is the early morning post office workers talking dirty about things that they wished had happened the night before. Serendipity working wonders.
Created for the group show 'Self Storage' curated by Artangel with Brian Eno and Laurie Anderson, Acorn Self Storage, Wembley, London.
Brian Eno wrote in 2005 "Janek Schaefer's first sound-work, Recorded Delivery, remains one of the wittiest and most interesting in the field of Sound-Art. It is elegant, economical and clever, and makes me wish I'd thought of it first."