Jan Jelinek makes abstract music. That's all I can say without delving into less concrete [no pun] terms like "clicks and cuts" or "glitch music." Filter abuse and the Sound of Old Vinyl characterize the timbres Herr Jelinek uses. Occassionally, something like a TB-303 might be heard supporting the bassline, but, according to interviews and as the album title alludes, samples provide the basis for his sounds. The composition is minimal techno, housey beats and slow progressions. Melody takes a back-seat to texture, however, the music underneath the clicks and fuzz is sublime! This music can either be relaxing or enthralling; I have "used" it as music for commuting in the car and for relaxing at home. Some would debate about where exactly the "music" is in this recording; some say the clicks and pops are the central theme and, therefore, secondary to the melody and harmony while others claim that the fuzzy ambience is only a setting for the deep melodies. To me this sounds like a chicken-and-egg argument--endless, pointless. Perhaps the real debate might be "is this a genuinely new direction in music?" My only advice is to buy the album.
>>By Soundwork (Tuesday, 17 Dec 2002 21:02)
who is he..?
>>By catti (Saturday, 11 Jan 2003 02:05)
the latest = Nouvelle Pauvrete, by jan jelenik is really good. maybe his best stuff yet.
>>By scott (Tuesday, 4 Feb 2003 00:49)
Where can I find some audio clips of jan jelenik?
>>By ColdDrink (Tuesday, 11 Feb 2003 18:40)
I asked too soon. I found an amazon site that has Jan Jelenik clips. Its funny because the U.S. site doesn't have any clips but this one does. Go to this site and search for Jan Jelenik:
>>By ColdDrink (Tuesday, 11 Feb 2003 18:47)
hi, yeah his music is good like progressing faster and more sophisticated....after farben. If you know scape~ you should have not a problem as there are sound clips to listen to. Support are underground scene...listen and listen and listen...
As saying "new direction", maybe. I like to think this way...but... ha...yes buy buy buy... worthy.
As for me...this has given new inspiration to create ..when I/we think it will go no further..THIS!
>>By buck rogers (Thursday, 17 Apr 2003 05:20)
a ja wole metalike!
>>By juzio (Sunday, 22 Jun 2003 18:22)
He is a genius who really touches me.
What he does is what I like best at the moment!
Deep, experimental and melancholic to me.
Perfect music to survive a world of stress and stupidity.
>>By subliminal tapeclub (Monday, 21 Jul 2003 23:25)
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