It is only due to a fortunate coincidence that we know anything of Ursula Bogner, the musician. Born in 1946, she spent her professional life as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, simultaneously pursuing a hobby of experimenting with electronic music in seclusion over a span of nearly 30 years.
Jelinek's works deal with the transformation of sounds, translating source materials from popular music into abstract, reduced textures. He constructs collages using tiny sound fragments from a wide variety of recording devices: tape recorders, digital samplers, media players and the like. The recordings are processed into repetitive loops that boil the original down to its essentials.
Andrew Pekler was the musical director of the 2011 album Ursula Bogner – Sonne=Blackbox. Known for his albums on Senufo Editions, Entr’acte, Dekorder, Kranky and other labels, Andrew Pekler’s Tristes Tropiques is an album of synthetic exotica, pseudo-ethnographic music and unreal field recordings.
G.E.S. is no official entity, but rather a rough idea, an association without membership or manifestation committed to one primary and pragmatic notion: financial backing and legal support in case of active breaches of copyright – the process of sampling.
Since their debut (Bird, Lake, Objects, 2010) Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek 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.
From 1998 to 2004 Farben produced techno and house abstractions which were characterized by their simple, geometric rhythms and detailed sound aesthetics. Journalist Philip Sherburne subsequently named this music Microhouse.
Formed in Tokyo in 1996 as a quintet (including Shusaku Hariya and Daisuke Oishi), Computer Soup began by performing with acoustic instruments on the streets of Shibuya. Ikeda und Okubo soon switched instruments, and from then on the group’s minimalistic but densely woven sound was defined by electronic toys, oscillators and Satoru Hori’s trumpet.