In the waning days of the very end of the 1970s, Vrtacek (later also known as Charles 'Chuck' O'Meara) purchased the first commercially available 4 track cassette deck, the Teac 144 and recorded four solo albums between 1980-1988.
Also known as 'The Portastudio, this revolutionary, relatively low-cost machine allowed musicians to inexpensively record music at home, and which helped to launch the home-recording wave (see old, thumb-eared copies of OP magazine). This was several years before he formed Forever Einstein.
Silent Heaven puts his third and fourth solo albums, Learning to Be Silent and When Heaven Comes to Town, onto one special album. Very different from Einstein, the music here is quiet, sober, introspective, sometimes playful, and often somewhat dark.
O'Meara (March 13, 1953–October 20, 2018) died in 2018 of a heart attack at age 65.
"It may be preferable to meditate in a quiet room, but we seldom find ourselves in quiet rooms...so, always the same question: how to find silence in the midst of chaos?"
released March 12, 1996
All music composed, arranged and performed by C.W. Vrtacek with the following exceptions:
Kim Gellatly - toy xylophone on 'Emily, are you happy'
Michael Gellatly - assistant to Emily
James Woodruff - narration on 'Fly/Wave'
Nick Didkovsky - 'dog with mumps' phone call on 'Silence'
Sampler [Ensoniq Mirage DSK-8], Ukulele [Baritone], Tape, Toy Piano [Broken] - tracks 15-21.
"Learning To Be Silent" recorded August 1985 to January 1986 at C.W. Vrtacek's home in New Preston, CT on a Tascam 144 four-track cassette machine. Mixed at Nono Studios, Norwalk.
Originally released 1986.
"When Heaven Comes To Town" recorded at C.W. Vrtacek's home in New Preston on a Tascam 3440 four-track open reel machine. Mixed at Sountec Studios, Norwalk. Ambient sounds collected at Philip's Diner, Woodbury and at Grand Central Station, NYC. Titled after a room-sized art installation created by Michael Gellatly.
Originally released 1988.
This CD released in cooperation with ReR Records and Cordelia Records. Thanks to Chris Cutler and Alan Jenkins.