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Category Archives: Plunderphonics

Jan Jelinik – Tendency

This track is Microhouse from the original wave of said sub-genre; off of Jelinik’s sublime 2001 album ‘Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records’, where the title speaks for itself and Jelinik constructed the entire thing from samples off of Jazz records. The album has a lot of tracks that are the kind of clean, minimal Electronica that was au fait at the time (think Kreidler, To Rococo Rot, et al). However, this tune, as previously stated, is super minimal microhouse. The devil is really in the details in this incredible piece of music.



The Caretaker – Moments Of Sufficient Lucidity

*On 2011’s ‘An Empty Bliss Beyond This World’, my favourite so far from The Caretaker, James Leyland Kirby had the courage to pare down the concept to its fundamentals: loops and snippets of 78s played too slow, through big, warm reverbs: Hauntology condensed. A truly beautiful and genuinely haunting album from start to finish.

  • This is an edited/re-adjusted post from one made by Graham Dunning in 2012.

Tipsy – Tuatara

Here’s one from Tipsy’s dizzying foray into loungecore plunderphonics, 1996’s ‘Trip Tease’, and one can almost smell the palm tree’s. Lush, lovely intoxicating stuff.

Jan Jelinik – Planeten In Halbtrauer

Wonderful stuff from Jelenik’s Krautrock plunderphonic album ‘Kosmischer Pitch’ (2005). This isn’t what one would expect and Jelenik doesn’t go for the obvious Motorik pastiche, thankfully.

Die Trip Computer Die – America’s Burning

Sampledelia from Die Trip Computer Die (Xentos “Fray” Bentos, Lepke B, and Bongo Bongo Barrow). This is from their second album ‘We Are Your Friends’ (2000), and bases the track from a sample of the song ‘You Set the Scene’ by Love; as previously posted on The Sentinel. They seem to make the sample their own as well, that can discombobulate the listener slightly when confronted by the original.

Jan Jelinek – Lemminge Und Lurchen Inc

Jan Jelinek’s 2005 album ‘Kosmischer Pitch’ was to Krautrock what his 2001 album ‘Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records’ was to Blue Note. There’s hints of the original material here; though it’s more of a fleeting feeling. Jelenik plunders late 60’s/early 70’s German psychedelic Rock to crete something new from the debris. This isn’t Krautrock plunderphonics in order to make a faux-Krautrock replica, and it hasn’t been done to do a kind of Micro-House “update” of the Teutonic Motorik sound; instead, Jelinek has used the source material to make a multi-textured Ambient album. The album is like a fuzzy, analogue Paul Schütze; when Schütze is in the mood to wander off from the grid more often. This track is quite wired compared to the general feel o the album. However, it’s still a rather sedated mania, where one can feel oneself happily giving in to the lunacy as it sits at the end of a flower-littered forest path.

Jan Jelinik – They, Them

On his 2001 album ‘Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records’, Jan Jelenik constructed music that consisted of second long snippets of 1960’s-70’s jazz recordings put through his “loop-finding modulation wheel”. The results were warm, fuzzy, minimal electronica that sounded like it was slowly crumbling. A very pleasurable listen.

Asmus Tietchens – Charsima Perdu

Warped shenanigans involving some degree of Plunderphonics from our man Tietchens. This is from a 1992 compilation dedicated to the King titled ‘The Memorial Elvis Project’ that needs seeking out by The Sentinel. Uh-huh-huh.

Barbed – Symbols (1994 – Full Album)

The full, yes full, album of Barbed’s 1994 debut, unofficially titled ‘Symbols’. Lost, dusty reel to reel tapes collide with drum machines, synths, and all manner of sonic flotsam and jetsam; submerging the listener in dizzying, spinning Sampledelia that was unlike any of the other Electronica that was out at the time (if that label even fits, which it doesn’t) A totally underrated classic from the wonderful These Records label.

The Future Sound Of London – The Far-Out Son Of Lung And The Ramblings Of A Madman

The Future Sound Of London constructing a Sampledelic piece of Astral Jazz with a hefty dose of gnarly funk. If only Trip-Hop sounded like this. This is from their excellent 1995 EP of the same name.

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