Jelinek used his G.E.S. pseudonym for this record, which is centered around field recordings.
Jelinek recorded Uguisubari under the alias G.E.S., which stands for Gesellschaft zur Emanzipation des Samples, his field recording-focused project. It kicks off the new Acoustic Surveillance Series, in which each release is related to "a historical system for acoustic surveillance, beginning with Uguisubari." The word refers to a special type of floor in Japanese temples and castles that creates loud squeaks and groans when stepped on. Also referred to as "nightingale floors," their purpose was to warn residents of intruders.
"During a residence of several months in Japan in 2014, I had the opportunity to mic and record nightingale floors at Nijo Castle and at the temple of Nanzen-ji," said Jelinek. "In my makeshift studio in the basement of the Kyoto Goethe Institute, I then made numerous pieces—all using the same sound sources: an oscillator and an audio sampler with recordings of the chirping floorboards."
Winkel Pong contains three brief compositions by Ursula Bogner, the late sound artist and researcher. (The name is rumored to be an alias of Jelinek's.) Jelinek launched the Faitiche label in 2008 with a compilation of Bogner recordings supposedly spanning 1968 to '88, recounting her life story in the liner notes. The label says the material for this new 7-inch came from the same tape archive used for that compilation. Berlin-based sound artist Lucrecia Dalt chose three tracks from that collection and edited them for this release.
Listen to clips here.
Gesellschaft zur Emanzipation des Samples - Uguisubari
Ursula Bogner - Winkel Pong
01. Atmosphärische Energie
02. Winkel Pong
Faitiche will release Uguisubari and Winkel Pong on September 8th, 2017.