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Jelinek's works deal with the transformation of sounds, translating source materials from popular music into abstract, reduced textures. Bypassing traditional musical instruments, he constructs collages using tiny sound fragments from a wide variety of recording devices: tape recorders, digital samplers, media players and the like. The recordings are processed into repetitive loops that boil the original down to its essentials, the source material becoming indecipherable in most cases.

He began releasing his work in 1998, initially under the pseudonyms Farben and Gramm. In 2000, his sound collages played in the Young Media Pavilion at the EXPO2000 worlds fair in Hanover. Over the following years, he worked with artists like Sarah Morris and the German writer Thomas Meinecke, collaborated with the Japanese improvisation ensemble Computer Soup and the Australian jazz trio Triosk, and created audio-visual performances with video artist Karl Kliem at venues including the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2007, with Andrew Pekler and Hanno Leichtmann, he founded the improvisation trio Groupshow that refuses any repertoire and any limitation on performance duration.

In 2008, Jelinek established the faitiche label as a platform for his own experiments, for joint projects, and for work by musician friends. The sixteen releases to date include a collaboration with the vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita and the work of fictional sound researcher Ursula Bogner, whose scores, drawings and writings have been presented and performed around the world. Since 2012, Jelinek has been writing and producing experimental radio pieces for state broadcaster SWR that deal with fictional identities and soundscapes. The theme of fictional and multiple identities runs through the whole of the faitiche catalogue. Under the pseudonym Gesellschaft zur Emanzipation des Samples, as Ursula Bogner, or using his own name, Jelinek’s oeuvre ranges from field recording collage to electroacoustic music to minimalistic drone. What these various works all have in common is live processing of previously collected sound material.

In his current live performances, Jan Jelinek weaves diverse sound materials into intense drone collages and soundscapes.

Out now :

Acoustic Surveillance Series - No.1
G.E.S.: uguisubari (Nightingale Floor) (faitiche16)
Faitiche is delighted to announce the launch of its new Acoustic Surveillance Series. Each 7” vinyl single in the series presents a historical system for acoustic surveillance, beginning with uguisubari by G.E.S.. The pieces on the record feature recordings of uguisubari – special floors in Japanese temples and castles. For this series, Jan Jelinek is reactivating his field recordist pseudonym G.E.S.

Ursula Bogner: Winkel Pong (faitiche15)
Faitiche is delighted to announce the release of a new Ursula Bogner record (faitiche15). Winkel Pong contains three previously unreleased pieces from the archive of the sound researcher who died in 1994. In 2008, Jan Jelinek put together a first album from Bogner’s tape archive (CD/LP Recordings 1969-1988, faitiche01). A second followed in 2011, compiled this time by Andrew Pekler (CD/LP Sonne = Blackbox, accompanying the book of the same name with texts, photographs and Bogner’s graphic oeuvre). For Winkel Pong the tape archive was passed on to Lucrecia Dalt. The Berlin-based Colombian sound artist and musician chose three tracks from the 1980s (exact dates unknown), editing the tape recordings for their release on Winkel Pong.

Recent Releases :

Jan Jelinek: Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records (faitback01)

Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek: Schaum (Faitiche13 LP/CD/DL)

Farben presents James DIN A4 (faitiche12)

Jan Jelinek / G.E.S.'s Temple (faitiche11)

Jan Jelinek's Temple Vinylbox / USB Cube (faitiche08-11)

Podcast :

"...The idea was to produce a mix that reflects my stay in LA like a journal. Not necessarily focused on bands and projects from LA, the mix includes music which I was listening to while I lived there. Music that I listened to while I was driving my car, which I discovered during my stay, and which I associate with an LA lifestyle as a foreigner as well. Additionally, the mix integrates a lot of my field recordings of the city. It's an eclectic gathering of tracks, diary-like, held together by the field recordings of public spaces..."

Jan Jelinek patches together a mix inspired by his summer in LA.

Radio Plays :

"Zwischen - 22 Lautgedichte" von Jan Jelinek
Listen : swr.de/hoerspiele/zwischen-22-lautgedichte

"Beweisstücke für das Bombardement"
A radio play by Jan Jelinek (composition & realisation).
Using field recordings taken at Hiroshima memorial.
Related to "Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima“ by Kryztof Penderecki.
First broadcast on July 7th 2015, 11:03 PM on SWR Radio.
Listen : deutschlandradiokultur.de/beweisstuecke

"Das Scheitern der bemannten Raumfahrt"
A radio play by Jan Jelinek (composition & realisation), Language: German.
First broadcast: May 6th 2014, 11:03 PM on SWR.
The radio play reconstructs the first Biosphere 2 experiment, during which an artificial ecological system was sealed for two years with a team of eight researches living inside. The experiment failed because of technical and social problems.
Free download at: hoerbuch-download/das-scheitern-der-bemannten-raumfahrt.mp3

Jan Jelinek is currently available with following projects :

Jan Jelinek & Masayoshi Fujita
Andrew Pekler & Jan Jelinek play Ursula Bogner (Sonne = Blackbox)


Farben, working with his Audiosample Production Center

Recent Posts

Scrapbook - Pan sonic

Ilpo Vaesaenen,I-LP-O IN DUB and Mika Vainio Interviews from mid 90ies to 2002 – enjoy! And thanks to Erkki Rautio for collecting <3 http://phinnweb.org/scrapbook/pan_sonic/

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Fiedel: “Das bin ich, das mache ich Nachts”

„… Es gab also vorher eine Idee dessen, was ich spielen wollte, auch was die konkreten Tracks angeht. Aber das Mixing selbst ist vor Ort passiert. Ich habe mich zunächst zwei Stunden warm gemacht und den Rechner eingerichtet und dann irgendwann auf..

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Sirimiri, by Rafael Anton Irisarri

Another new release since Friday, March 16th Rafael Anton Irisarri „Sirimiri“ out on Umor Rex

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Charlemagne Palestine - Schlingen Blängen @ St. Antonius Kirche Düsseldorf © Udo Siegfriedt 2018 43

Charlemagne Palestine playing one of the most impressive organs @ St. Antonius church in Düsseldorf/Germany, invited by Markus Hinz Thanks to Udo Siegfriedt for again wonderful photos!

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Electric Indigo - 5 1 1 5 9 3. Vinyl LP, CD. Bleep.

„Easily one of the most important artists operating within techno today, Electric Indigo releases her debut album 5 1 1 5 9 3 via Monolake’s Imbalance Computer Music. Standing as the first non- Robert Henke produced material to be released on the imprint,..

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