["Glitch" from the cracks,
pops and hisses of vinyl]
By Mark Fernandes
Dig through your collection and put
on a dusty piece of vinyl and listen to it crackle and pop. There is something warm and comforting about those tiny imperfections
that is never present in the pop music of today. Jan Jelinek is the type of musician who loves that old sound. In fact, Jelinek
likes it so much he scours through his record collection looking for those perfect inbetween moments. He uses his laptop and
sampler and records the hisses and pops of old vinyl and the micro fragments of beats from classic jazz and soul records.
From it he makes a type of ambient music called glitch, which is steadily gaining a following worldwide. Jelinek has Czech
parents, but he makes his home in Berlin. I recently spoke with
him in his Berlin studio.
"I think a lot of artists who are producing
a lot of electronic music are more inspired by software development and inspired by music development in a way. So what they
are doing is music by accident actually, because the medium they are doing something with the computers is more important
than the medium of music. I think different in way. I would not say that technology has a big influence, but I was always
more interested in music as a media into history of music. So you can call me something like a fan or a collector of music
cause for me it was always important to communicate the medium of music as well and not the medium of technology. But I know
there are a lot of artists who think in the opposite."
Better than any explanation would
be an example of how you do it. Could you maybe show us how you take a sample and work with it?
"So this is a loop which is based on one
sample which is - I don't want to tell you the source - maybe I will have problems. But very often while I am starting producing
these kinds of loops, so it has something more like a harmony a melody and now I am starting to put layers on it, like rhythmical
layers chords or whatever. For now I just prepared an organ, just a second layer. [Loud noise] Oops, that is too loud now.
There is also a second loop. So far I haven't prepared much more. [Music fades low] And this takes, the whole process is actually
nothing else is like editing/adding, more layers, and after I have prepared about eight layers I try to arrange them and that's
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What types of music do you like
the most and what do you typically use for sampling?
"It depends on the project I am working
on. For instance, for the Loop Finding Jazz Records album I did 2001 on Scape records, like the title says it. I was focused
on sampling jazz records. But now I am producing a new album, I try to finish it the end of this year, and I am more focused
into sampling folk records and guitar-based recordings. So actually it depends on which project I am working on. And also
it's hard to answer for me because what kind of music I am actually listening to just because I am listening to a lot of genres
of. Actually I have a wide field of influences. So of course I am really into soul music and to jazz music, but I also really
like some rock or pop music as well. So it's hard for me to answer. Actually, I am not listening to that much electronical
music when I am at home. Maybe just because of this phenomenon we talked about before that there are existing so many clones
of existing music that I was a little bit bored of it. Actually I am more retro-orientated, I am looking always to a lot of
old stuff the seventies or the sixties much more than to contemporary stuff.