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Artist: BOGNER, URSULA
Title: Recordings 1969-1988
Format: CD
Label: Faitiche
Country: Germany
Price: $19.00
"This is the debut release on Jan Jelineks label Faitiche: a collection of unheard electronic experiments from an unlikely source. Ursula Bogners was a pharmacist, wife and mother, and she was obsessed with electronic music -- an obsession that drove her to build her own studio for extensive recording and experimentation. Ursula Bogner was born in 1946 and raised in Dortmund -- she moved to Berlin at 19 to study pharmacy. She immediately went to work for pharmaceutical giant Schering, followed by marriage, children and a successful yet by no means sensational scientific career within the multinational heavyweight. At the same time, she developed a keen interest in electronic music. Throughout her early 20s, she followed the activities of Cologne-based Studio Für Elektronische Musik, attended seminars by Studio founder Herbert Eimert, exhibited great enthusiasm for musique concrète and, later on, shared her childrens enthusiasm for British new wave pop. Nevertheless, Ursula Bogner never involved herself in any scene, never made her music public. Besides composition, she also tried her hand at painting, printing (the booklet features reproductions of two of her linocuts) and developed a strong fascination for mysticism, esotericism, and Wilhelm Reichs "orgonomy," the psychoanalysts bizarre late work on his discovery of "orgonenergy" or life-force. Her compositions are studies and sketches: humorous and -- in view of her biography -- almost silly, rather than mystical or scientific. Nevertheless, it is remarkably hard to grasp or classify her work as a whole. Over the course of 20 years, she dabbled in many different styles, leading to a huge wealth of work and a bewildering variety of titles, from filter modulations, tuba tweaking, bass anthems, looping experiments, synth-pulse symphonies, to rhythmic patterns trapped in echo chambers. In the late 1960s, Ursula Bogner started to record her own music on reel-to-reel tapes. With some of these titles, Jelinek only found individual tracks of pieces recorded on a four-track-recorder -- in these cases, he had to recombine the separate tracks to recreate the original piece. Invoking the originals authenticity might seem insensitive, yet there was no other way to release them in their entirety. Ultimately, only three of the tracks featured on this CD/LP are such "reworkings." All other titles were taken straight from the original reels. Covering a fairly short period of her creative career, they also convey a peculiar coherence in both form and content. A coherence that reflects her accessible, rhythmic and sometimes even "poppy" side. An exhilarating find from a truly undiscovered electronic artist. The CD is housed in a smart-pack classic package by Herzog-Idex including a ten-sided booklet." -Faitiche

Artist: BOGNER, URSULA
Title: Recordings 1969-1988
Format: LP
Label: Faitiche
Country: Germany
Price: $19.00
"This is the debut release on Jan Jelineks label Faitiche: a collection of unheard electronic experiments from an unlikely source. Ursula Bogners was a pharmacist, wife and mother, and she was obsessed with electronic music -- an obsession that drove her to build her own studio for extensive recording and experimentation. Ursula Bogner was born in 1946 and raised in Dortmund -- she moved to Berlin at 19 to study pharmacy. She immediately went to work for pharmaceutical giant Schering, followed by marriage, children and a successful yet by no means sensational scientific career within the multinational heavyweight. At the same time, she developed a keen interest in electronic music. Throughout her early 20s, she followed the activities of Cologne-based Studio Für Elektronische Musik, attended seminars by Studio founder Herbert Eimert, exhibited great enthusiasm for musique concrète and, later on, shared her childrens enthusiasm for British new wave pop. Nevertheless, Ursula Bogner never involved herself in any scene, never made her music public. Besides composition, she also tried her hand at painting, printing (the booklet features reproductions of two of her linocuts) and developed a strong fascination for mysticism, esotericism, and Wilhelm Reichs "orgonomy," the psychoanalysts bizarre late work on his discovery of "orgonenergy" or life-force. Her compositions are studies and sketches: humorous and -- in view of her biography -- almost silly, rather than mystical or scientific. Nevertheless, it is remarkably hard to grasp or classify her work as a whole. Over the course of 20 years, she dabbled in many different styles, leading to a huge wealth of work and a bewildering variety of titles, from filter modulations, tuba tweaking, bass anthems, looping experiments, synth-pulse symphonies, to rhythmic patterns trapped in echo chambers. In the late 1960s, Ursula Bogner started to record her own music on reel-to-reel tapes. With some of these titles, Jelinek only found individual tracks of pieces recorded on a four-track-recorder -- in these cases, he had to recombine the separate tracks to recreate the original piece. Invoking the originals authenticity might seem insensitive, yet there was no other way to release them in their entirety. Ultimately, only three of the tracks featured on this CD/LP are such "reworkings." All other titles were taken straight from the original reels. Covering a fairly short period of her creative career, they also convey a peculiar coherence in both form and content. A coherence that reflects her accessible, rhythmic and sometimes even "poppy" side. An exhilarating find from a truly undiscovered electronic artist. Limited LP edition. Strictly limited to 500 copies. Vinyl version comes in a gatefold sleeve." -Faitiche
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Artist: BOGNER, URSULA
Title: Sonne = Blackbox
Format: LP
Label: Faitiche
Country: Germany
Price: $18.00
"Subtitled: Voice And Tape Music. The world first learned of unknown housewife/mother/pharmacist/electronic experimentalist Ursula Bogners work in 2008. Since then, her identity has been surrounded by rumors, her graphic work has been exhibited (CEACC, Strasbourg, France, 2011 and elsewhere) and her compositional instructions have been performed (by Mo Loschelder, Andrew Pekler, Kassian Troyer, Jan Jelinek, among others). " - Faitiche.

Artist: BOGNER, URSULA
Title: Sonne = Blackbox
Format: CD/Book
Label: Faitiche
Country: Germany
Price: $40.00
"The world first learned of unknown housewife/mother/pharmacist/electronic experimentalist Ursula Bogners work in 2008. Since then, her identity has been surrounded by rumors, her graphic work has been exhibited (CEACC, Strasbourg, France, 2011 and elsewhere) and her compositional instructions have been performed (by Mo Loschelder, Andrew Pekler, Kassian Troyer, Jan Jelinek, among others). The release of Sonne = Blackbox brings together all of these aspects in one CD and book: compiled by Andrew Pekler, the CD presents Bogners early experiments with voice and tape music -- a previously-unknown, emotional side of her music is revealed here through her singing. The 126-page book contains, along with drawings, photos and other curiosities from Bogners life, an introduction by Jan Jelinek, texts by Momus, Andrew Pekler, Tim Tetzner and Bettina Klein as well as interviews with the orgone researcher JÃπrgen Fischer and the ethnographer Kiwi Menrath. Sonne = Blackbox attempts to locate Ursula Bogner, the sound experimentalist within broader cultural history. A central theme is the phenomenon of fake: how did the erroneous suspicion of fakery come about in the case of Ursula Bogner and what is a post-fake? Answers in this book. No Neo (Ursula Bogner, 1971, Maas Media Vol. 43, ISBN 978-3-940999-25-2); Deluxe edition in a card-box: with CD (FAITICHE 005) and book (MAAS MEDIA). Text in English/German; Introduction by Jan Jelinek. Texts by: Momus, Kiwi Menrath, JÃπrgen Fischer, Bettina Klein, Tim Tetzner, Andrew Pekler. Book and CD in card-box. Pages: 126; Bound: 14 x 21 cm with numerous photographs, drawings and compositional instructions. CD compiled by Andrew Pekler." -Faitiche.

Artist: FUJITA & JAN JELINEK, MASAYOSHI
Title: Do You Know Otahiti?
Format: 12"
Label: Faitiche
Country: Germany
Price: $13.00
"This mini-LP is the third of four vinyl compilations that bring together a highly diverse range of Jan Jelineks works -- including commissioned pieces, live recordings, collaborations with other musicians, as well as unreleased material from the past five years. Both titles on the A-side are live recordings of Japanese vibraphone player Masayoshi Fujita together with Jelinek. "Do You Know Otahiti?" is a two-fold collage combining unreleased material with fragments taken from a radio collage. "TOton" is a previously-unreleased track from 2009." -Faitiche.
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Artist: FUJITA, MASAYOSHI & JAN JELINEK
Title: Schaum
Format: CD
Label: Faitiche
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Faitiche presents the release of Schaum by Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek. Since their debut Bird, Lake, Objects (FAITICHE 003CD, 2010), they have played improvised concerts around the world. Japanese vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita prepares his instrument with various percussion elements as well as metal objects and toys, while Jan Jelinek layers loops made using small-scale electronic devices. Schaum (German for froth or foam) is the duos second album. Jelinek writing to Fujita about the album: "Dear Masayoshi Fujita, many thanks for the audio files. Your additional vibraphone recordings go wonderfully with the material we have already. Preparing the vibraphone with more percussion instruments was the right decision. Combined with my tightly woven synthesizer and sample loops, the result is a fragmented sense of space. I have taken the liberty of manipulating certain recordings. While listening through our improvisations, I noticed a tendency towards atmospheric sounds. I am almost tempted to call them tropical. This has strengthened my resolve to work with dense background textures - among others, Im using material produced in connection with my radio pieces Kennen Sie Otahiti? (2012) and Dialoge zur Anthropologie (2013): artificial field recordings, jungle and rain forest settings that do not hide their staged, fictional character. As you know, I have long been obsessed with the tropics. This obsession involves a mental image of a specific quality of landscape: deliriously extravagant unstructuredness, hostile to life but also excessively productive. I am fascinated by the idea of installing clear minimalist forms amid such luxuriant tropical growth. Perhaps my image of the city of Brasilia is a good example. Corresponding to this, I would like to expand our liner notes to include a quotation from Robert Müllers novel Tropics, an expressionist travelogue published in Germany in 1915. It goes without saying that this work cannot be wholeheartedly embraced: its imperialistic fantasies of omnipotence and its master race posturing, characteristic of that time and place, are, of course, intolerable. Tropics is fascinating as a nervous jungle phantasm that openly indulges in exoticism at the same time as deconstructing it. In this way, the main characters adventure becomes a journey into the subjective. It resembles a feverish inner delirium, exposing exoticism as a simulated, utopian perspective. What it boils down to is insubstantial, nothing but foam and froth. With best regards, Jan Jelinek" Comes in hard-cover book-style packaging." - Faitiche.

Artist: GESELLSCHAFT ZUR EMANZIPATION DES SAMPLES
Title: Circulations
Format: 7"
Label: Faitiche
Country: Germany
Price: $8.00
"The mysterious Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples (trans. "Society for the Emancipation of Samples") presents tracks from Circulations on 7" vinyl in a limited edition of 300 copies only. These recordings present samplings of music in public space which choreographs a recording situation and, at the same time, the utopia of a space unfettered by copyright. In some cases, the public aspect is palpable, in others, it is hardly noticeable, depending on the degree of processing. Includes one previously-unreleased track." -Faitiche

Artist: GESELLSCHAFT ZUR EMANZIPATION DES SAMPLES
Title: More Circulations
Format: 7"
Label: Faitiche
Country: Germany
Price: $13.00
"Faitiche presents four new recordings from the Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples (G.E.S.). On More Circulations, G.E.S. instigate the following recording situations: audio playback devices are placed in public spaces in order to play the desired sample material. The resulting recordings document collages from public spaces: a hotel lobby in Lanzerote, a registry office in Berlin, Copenhagens Tivoli garden, a beach on the Portuguese coast, the old town of Geneva as well a Mercedes Benz on the way to Eindhoven." -Faitiche

Artist: PEKLER, ANDREW
Title: Tristes Tropiques
Format: LP
Label: Faitiche
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Faitiche welcomes back Andrew Pekler, the musical director of the 2011 album Sonne = Blackbox (FAITICHE 005CD) featuring Ursula Bogner. Andrew Peklers Tristes Tropiques is an album of synthetic exotica, pseudo-ethnographic music and unreal field recordings. Jan Jelinekinterviews Andrew Pekler about Tristes Tropiques:

JJ: Youve titled your album Tristes Tropiques - a reference to Claude Lévi-Strausss famous account of his travels among native peoples in the Mato Grosso. If I remember correctly, the book can be read in two ways: as an ethnographic study of indigenous Brazilian tribes, and as a critique of anthropological methods. What exactly about Tristes Tropiquesinspired you? The melancholy travelogue, or the formation of a new, critical school of thought?

AP: Both. Lévi-Strausss constant reflection on the purpose of his work and the often melancholy tone of his writing constitute an internal tension which runs throughout the whole book. Tristes Tropiques is many things; autobiography, travelers tale, ethnographic report, philosophical treatise, colonial history. But ultimately, its the authors attempt to synthesize meaning from fragments of his own and other cultures that resonated most strongly with me - and led me to a new perspective on how I hear and make music.

JJ: Listening to Tristes Tropiques I noticed a certain oscillation between references, which is what I really like about it. Obviously, your music alludes to the beloved fairytale kitsch of exotica, but it also repeatedly shifts to a mode of ethno-poetic meditation music that seems to have no beginning or end. Where do you yourself locate the tracks gathered here?

AP: As a listener and as a musician, exotica music of the 1950s and 60s has always been a constant reference point and inspiration. And perhaps my listening has been "ruined" by exotica, but as I have dug deeper into ethnographic archives of "traditional" music, Ive come to the realization that all recordings that evoke, allude to, or ostensibly document other musical forms have a similar effect on my imagination: I am most intrigued when I perceive some coincidentally familiar element within the foreign (a tuned percussion recital from Malawi that immediately brings to mind Steve Reichian minimalism, or the Burundian female vocal duet that sounds uncannily like a cut-up tape experiment, etc.). I suppose this album is an attempt to recreate the same kind of listening experience as what Ive described, just with the electronic means that I have at hand." - Faitiche.

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