Jan Jelinek (DE)
While long identified with the grainy sampling of his classic Loop Finding Jazz Records album, as well as the microsonics of the “Clicks + Cuts” movement of the early 2000s, Jelinek's work is far wider ranging than those associations might suggest. Recording as Farben for Klang Elektronic, Jelinek was among the first producers to take house and techno's minimalist structure and make it even smaller, reducing each sound to byte-sized proportions—while retaining a macro-sized funk in his structure. By 2001 the jazz underpinning of his Loop Finding Jazz Records--in which he mined his collection of jazz vinyl for dusty nuggets of tone and crackle—came full circle in 2003 when Jelinek embarked upon 1+3+1, a back-and-forth exchange of samples, live recording, and re-sampling with the Australian group Triosk that blurred the line between composition, improv, and remixing. His latest album, Kosmischer Pitch, expands those ideas even further, building a great, trembling framework sheltering ideas taken from jazz, Krautrock, ambient electronica and more. Jelinek's recent forays into live ensemble performance promise the breathless suspense of a tricky chemistry experiment, full of froth and flame.