Jan Jelinek ‎– Tierbeobachtungen



A Concert For Television 8:03
Palmen Aus Leder 7:12
The Ballad Of Soap. Und: Die GEMA Nimmt Kontakt Auf 7:43
Up To My Same Old Trick Again 6:39
Happening Tone 7:12
Tierbeobachtung 6:01

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
sc41cd, ~scape41cd Jan Jelinek Tierbeobachtungen(CD, Album) ~scape, ~scape sc41cd, ~scape41cd Germany 2006 Sell This Version
sc41cd Jan Jelinek Tierbeobachtungen(CD, Album, Promo) ~scape sc41cd Germany 2006 Sell This Version
faitback07 Jan Jelinek Tierbeobachtungen(LP, Album, RE) Faitiche faitback07 Germany 2020 Sell This Version


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May 19, 2020
referencing Tierbeobachtungen, LP, Album, RE, faitback07
Great recording! My version sounds amazing! enter at least 1 more


May 6, 2020
referencing Tierbeobachtungen, CD, Album, sc41cd, ~scape41cd
Jan Jelinek: Tierbeobachtungen (faitback07, faitback07CD)
Faitiche is delighted to present Jan Jelinek’s album Tierbeoachtungen in a limited pressing on vinyl for the first time. Originally released on Scape in 2006 as a CD and download, the album’s six tracks took their cues from Jelinek’s live concerts of that period: dense, slowly unfolding loop improvisations made with a laptop, various effect pedals and miniature synthesizers. It is music that floats in a semi-conscious state between dream and awakening, always slightly mysterious, leaving traces that lead directly to the psychedelic-cosmic music of the kraut era.

In his release notes for Tierbeobachtungen at the time, the late lamented Martin Büsser wrote:

“The animal is experiencing a renaissance in music. It provides a reflective surface for our notion of the unbridled and irrational, of that Other the philosophers Deleuze/Guattari – as part of their ‘Animalisation’ – called the embodiment of artistic deliverance. And yet, how much of a liberation can art actually tolerate? To what extent can music truly throw off its fetters without descending into chaos? Jan Jelinek’s album title provides a first hint of this development: Tierbeobachtungen (animal observations) is his fourth album for ~scape, and it addresses the issue of release and liberation. Recorded almost in transit, while preparing his move to a new studio, the tracks reveal and relish in their improvisational character, and drifting, lost sound – yet they never lose sight of their underlying structure. Tierbeobachtungen might be Jelinek’s freest and most personal work, with simply arranged tracks based on four to five layered and modulated loops, while his own studio equipment provides the main sampling sources, from synthesizer and guitaret to vibraphonette. Jelinek takes on the role of observer on this record, with a level of reflection remaining audible throughout. However, this is by no means intellectual, distanced music – Jelinek leads us straight into a thicket, an acoustic jungle where sumptuous splendour meets the uncanny. A long tradition of psychedelic music pervades the recordings – Amon Düül, Cluster, My Bloody Valentine – yet whatever musical memories might vie for our attention, these are no clear-cut references, just loose associations. On occasion, one might even be tempted to take them for field recordings – gems discovered, stored and returned from their travels by ethnologists fifty or a hundred years ago. Similar to the pioneers of industrial music, like Cabaret Voltaire or Zoviet France, who experimented with field recordings to challenge Western listening habits, Tierbeobachtungen takes us to new, unknown territories and brims with sounds that defy geographic or stylistic classification, not unlike the semi-conscious state between dream and awakening. (...)” Martin Büsser, 2006

written, performed and recorded by Jan Jelinek,
recorded at G. Guillaume Studio 1 & 2, Berlin 2005-2006
graphic design by Bianca Strauch for Mjam Majm
mastering by Stefan Betke


November 8, 2019
referencing Tierbeobachtungen, CD, Album, Promo, sc41cd
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- Jan Jelinek: Tierbeobachtungen (faitback07), first time vinyl reissue of the album released in 2006 on Scape, LP/DL, Winter/Spring 2020


March 15, 2009
referencing Tierbeobachtungen, CD, Album, sc41cd, ~scape41cd

Jan Jelinek pushes further into ambient territory with _Tierbeobachtungen_, a droning fantasia. Instead of using loops of sharp cuts and snippets like his earlier work, Jelinek's loops now linger on, embracing the dub. "A Concert for Television" buzzes ceaselessly, like an electric hive, while "Palmer Aus Lader" sounds like a country drive to a farm of robotic animals. "Up to My Same Old Tricks" grinds and hums with a gritty sonic texture, but "Happening Tone" paints a much calmer and gentler soundscape. Curiously, there's not much development in these tracks -- something with which Jelinek has never struggled before -- so I imagine he's simply flexing his creative muscle, rather than repeating previous successes. And, finally, the title track winds things down on layers of structured noise and ringing. Curious.