Jan Jelinek - Zwischen
Originally conceived by Jan Jelinek as a radio play for German public broadcaster SWR2, Zwischen presents twelve sound poetry collages using interview answers by public figures. Each title asks a question ("John Cage, I've been told to ask you the following question: Where are you going?"); the answer consists of sonic moments threading sound with language in hilarious, poignant, pondering, surreal forms. The voices trigger a synthesizer to create unique electronic soundscapes, further elucidating / illuminating the character(s) of these answers.
Our favorites include: "Joseph Beuys, it was you who said: Democracy is so big one can only sing about it. You recently made your debut as a singer. Which democracy are you singing about?" and "Lady Gaga, you once said in an interview that you write music for the fashion industry. Is fashion as important to you as music?"
Released on Jelinek's covetable Faitiche label.
"We all know the speaker’s fate: you falter, you mispronounce, there are breaks, silences and false starts. This results in delays, a language noise compared by Roland Barthes to the knocks made by a malfunctioning motor. Such gaps can be disconcerting, standing as they do for a failure of the speaker’s rhetorical skills. But what happens when they become a constitutive, poetic factor?"