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  • Audio CD (February 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Efa Records/Emi
  • ASIN: B000056UM5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moire (Piano & Organ)
2. Rock In The Video Age
3. They, Them
4. Them, Their
5. Tendency
6. Moire (Strings)
7. Do Dekor
8. Drift

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By painter@un.org on February 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The term glitch (or cliks and cuts,clik-hop, bip-hop,etc)has been used to describe a type of music based on electronic accidents or errors. Although usually digital in nature the clicks and pops of glitch are virtually indistinguishable from sounds produced by short-wave radio static, the early recording studio techniques used in Dub Reggae or 1950's sci-fi and submarine movie soundtracks, and hence have a strange familiarity. It is only recently however that glitches themselves have become the substance of a highly self-referential form of electronic music - a digital and sometimes dancable descendant of musique concrete.
Use of the detached Glitch would seemingly be a dehumanizing machine-like element but due to the familiar or nostalgic aspect alluded to above; the best glitch manages kind of effervescent digital warmth. Rather amazingly Glitch has spread like a virus and we now have new releases of notebook glitch from around the world most of it mediocre at best.
Loop finding jazz records, however, presents glitch at its state of the art best. Both Jelinek and POLE are undisputed masters of the genre and when they get together here the sum of the parts is definitely greater than the whole. Others may have glitched before POLE but none made it so vital and viable for CD length explorations. Jelinek on the other hand brought high glitch to ambient techno as Gramm and Farben. On this brilliant collaboration, Jelinek wheels out long reams of billowy deep jazz tones that are not usually associated with glitch but are consistent with the eloquent, ancient sounding tubby-esque neo-dub of POLE and the result is amazing. I would describe this CD as by far the best release yet on POLE's Scape label.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "buildmeahomewaltergropius" on August 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The title of this by the way very nice album makes you expect something else. The jazz is more in the approach of sound, and in the overall feel. If you're looking for electronic music that's is not about crashing hard-drives (like the overrated Autechre) you'll enjoy this one for sure. Think of Arovane, or the more minimal electronic pieces by To Rococo Rot (or even Keith Jarrets Koln concert...although that is stretching it a bit!).
This record is just another good example of the booming electronic scene in Europe.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The depth of this one is in its surface detail. The microsound patterns of scratches and dust blow you away when you start to realize that that's where the music is, and not in the melodies and rhythms that work as a backdrop. Comparisons to Oval are ludicrous--Jan Jelinek is like the Squarepusher of microsound, bringing an insane rhythmic and compositional focus to the music that most "clicks and cuts" music sadly lacks.
This is perfect Saturday afternoon music for hanging out on the couch with your open-minded significant other, lending a warm, sensual ambience. It's a rare piece of work that can function as meditative thinkpiece and neckin' music. Get it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R Diaz on May 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In this booming era of computers composers, about anyone with a bit of dough and some software knowledge can begin producing "difficult yet exciting" music, if you believe the critic mags and internet spotters. How refreshing, then, to have Jan Jelinek delve those same dense fields of clicks, warm hiss, and muted beats and unmask an album of such minimal poetry. It's almost shockingly simple a concept conjured; to deliver songs within the static world, not just precise sonic arrangements of laptop rock or explorations in otherworldly dub (an area Loop-Finding's label Scape founder Pole has covered A to Z).
`They, Them' weaves in light strains of melody for a popping bright tune, `Them Their' even more enchanting - you can practically envision dragonflies buzzing about. `Moire' proves the power of two notes placed on a bed of soft crackle and hiss. As the album shifts toward moodier ambience (`Do Dekor') snips of rain samples complete the comedown.
Not bad for a man with a sampler and an ear for cutting up one-second jazz loops, and an impressive follow-up to last year's Personal Rock (recorded under alias Gramm). Innovative and imminently listenable, Loop-Finding-Jazz Records is that rare piece that challenges perceptions without scaring the neighbors.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "donkeye" on October 30, 2001
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This is a gentle, glitchy jazz record, full of plinky, squirting electronics. Jan Jelenik aka Farben, has released some albums, all of them strong. He is one of the most highly respected click artists around, up there with Kid 606 and Alvo.Noto -- one of a generation of artist who are cooking up a new, orchestral sound inside their laptops. Rather than songs, these albums are beginning to feel like a series of movements, full of fugues and other structures not seen in pop music since Rush.
The German music scene, since the 70's, has been a lifeblood for the avant-garde. To track the lineage from this album back to Neu! and Kraftwerk and even, further, to Stockhausen, is undeniable. And yet, there's no reason to feel that this little beautiful cd can't be enjoyed without any of this semi-interesting musicology. The music is spanky as hell!
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