Performed in the artist's Frankfurt studio in 2015, Some Personal Appearances features zither recordings made using a bow, mallets, effect pedals and other materials.
The album evokes Anton Karas on mescaline; post-war Vienna, and the imaginative space of cinema. Schreiner's interest in 19th century spiritism suggests an affinity for the improvisatory, the magnetism of knowing and not knowing. Regarding live performance, Schreiner has said, "I try to construct setups I'm not able to control entirely; setups that have potential to surprise me or that are just too complex to be securely managed in all their parameters, without losing the overview."
Some Personal Appearances combines complex layering with tactile immediacy. Carefully defined loop lengths produce uncanny repetitions and phantom sounds. Similar to the experience of observing a photograph develop in analog photography, sounds coalesce and an image takes form.
Blurring personal biography with geographic coincidence, the album cover references Karas, a Viennese zitherist, famous at the time for his Harry Lime Theme, scored for the 1949 film, The Third Man.
Bernhard Schreiner (born 1971, near Vienna) lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany. The artist works in various media that includes sound, photography, film, and installation. He is represented by Kai Middendorff Gallery, Frankfurt.
Audio releases include Bernhard Schreiner, 2004, published by Reduktive Musiken and layout for the room in film, 2005, published by the artist's label, Feld-Records. Collaborative works include Calibrated Contingency, 2014 with Achim Wollscheid, published by Baskaru, and WARP WEFT, 2016 with Thomas Bayrle, published by Small World. In 2013/14 Schreiner collaborated extensively with the artist and guitarist Alan B. Brock-Richmond. Part of their recordings as Richmond/Schreiner are published online via Soundcloud.