STM 101 - Jan Jelinek

Jan Jelinek - Farben - Secret Thirteen Mix

Jan's personal archive

A highly exceptional mix by Jan Jelinek connecting 32 diverse records released in the last 70 years.


The author of the mix is Jan Jelinek, a legendary German producer and musician based in Berlin, Germany. Back in the days Jelinek started as a passionate records collector of vast specter of musical genres ranging from dub, jazz, funk to soul, experimental until one day he discovered house music. It was in the late 90s when Jelinek started his musical career. Jelinek immediately jumped into a train of expanding abstract, yet rhythmically subtle electronic music scene. In more than a decade he has released numerous records on such notable labels as ~scape, Klang Elektronik and his own Faitiche imprint. It is important to mention that Jelinek is one of those artists who have plentiful of pseudonyms including his more techno alias Farben or improvisatory Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples. Jelinek also actively participates in the collaborative project named Groupshow, which also includes Andrew Pekler, who once recorded a magnificent mix for Secret Thirteen too. Jelinek mainly creates loop-oriented music that is based on the process of interaction between the computer and him. He transforms and reduces sounds from diverse sample cuts to form completely renovated audio structures that smoothly reflect modernism and complex harmony. All in all, Jelinek's music is a mixture of implied space, refined minimalism, fluid groove and conceptual exploration of intersections between old and new.

“Secret Thirteen Mix 101” is a retrospective and highly exceptional audio journey through different periods of electronic music. The eclectic selection connects 32 unique records in less than an hour. Even though the works are quite eclectic and resonate with each other, Jelinek finds ways to deal with the situation and in the end it feels like a well measured sustained musical narrative. His skilled use of effects, thoughtful mixing techniques and long experience of working with sampled music add new colours and flavours to each record and sometimes even entirely reshape the mood or dynamics of well-known works after unexpected collisions. The music varies in time from the early 1950’s to these days thus creating the wide range of associations, elaborate connections that inspire and also prove that some music is relevant forever and were made to stand for centuries as brilliant monuments of the music history. The mix includes unreleased material from Jelinek’s various projects and unpublished recording cuts from his earlier live performances, also the record from the forthcoming Faitiche release. It is so inspiring to hear old gems by such historical rock/reggae musicians as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa or Susan Cadogan weaved together with unforgettable pieces by such prolific modern composers as Bernard Parmegiani, Luc Ferrari, Vladimir Ussachevsky. This mix hides many emotional voyages and technical aspects to be written about as each part requires an in-depth study, but also it is like a beautifully packed Christmas gift from the whole Secret Thirteen team and from the artist himself that needs to be unboxed individually.

Just imagine that this vivid Caio Fonseca’s abstract painting “Fifth Street C12.2, 2012” is like a postcard with individual warm greetings written to each of you. Have a cosy and lovely Holidays.


01. G.E.S. - Radioactive Gina [Unreleased]
02. People Like Us - Muzak Concrète [Subraum, 1997]
03. Bernard Parmegiani - Dedans-Dehors [INA-GRM, 1979]
04. Roberto Cacciaplagia - Mother And Cousin [Proper 2001]
05. Workshop - Excerpt from Meiguiweisheng Xiang [Ladomat 2000, 1997]
06. Henri Pousseur - Seismagramme I-II [Chrome Dreams, 2009]
07. Lucky Dragons - Realistic Rhythm [Marriage Records, 2008]
08. Dome - And Then… [The Grey Area, 1992]
09. Eric Lanham - No Ordinates [Spectrum Spools, 2012]
10. Nino Rota - Teatrino Di Vernacchio [United Artists Records, 1970]
11. Kryzstof Komeda - Alfred Hears Singing [Harkit Records, 2005]
12. Tom Dissevelt - Whirling [Basta, 2008]
13. Faitiche - Live At G. Guillaume [Unreleased]
14. Jon Brion - Hands And Feet [Nonesuch, 2002]
15. Yoshio Machida - Excerpt from CAA#10 [Cyland Media Lab. 2013]
16. Soylent Green - Excerpt from Soylent Green EP [Playhouse, 1996]
17. Vladimir Ussachevsky & Otto Luening - Incantation [Highgate Press , 1977]
18. Susan Cadogan - Nice And Easy [Trojan Records, 1977]
19. Luc Ferrari - Presque rien n°4 [INA-GRM, 2009]
20. Suzanne Ciani - Tenth Voice: Sound Of A Lighted Window [Dead-Cert Home Entertainment, 2012]
21. Peter Davison - Glide V [Avocado Records, 1981]
22. Rolf Dieter Brinkmann - Was Mich In Rom Angewidert Hat [Intermedium, 2005]
23. Faitiche - Live at Macy's, Chicago 2012 [Unreleased]
24. James DINA4 & Farben - Heimkehr Der Vulgaren [Forthcoming on Faitiche, 2014]
25. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Have You Ever Been [Polydor, 1968]
26. Dean Blunt - And I'll Show U Heaven If U Let Me [Hippos In Tanks, 2012]
27. Iannis Xenakis - Orient-Occident [Philips, 1970]
28. General Strike - My Other Body [Staubgold, 2012]
29. Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy Part 2 [Verve Records, 1968]
30. Egisto Macchi - Appel Spatial [Gemelli, 1972]
31. Boredoms - Your Name Is Limitless [Shimmy Disc, 1989]
32. Jeff Mills - Drift With The Direction Of The Flow [Axis, 2011]

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