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Moderator: Julia Neupert
Executive Producer: Frank Halbig
Production: SWR/HfG/ZKM 2012
On air: 9.03 - 11.00 pm CET SWR2
On site: 8.00 - 12.00 pm CET ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Time schedule

(Central European Time)

  • 20:00 - 20:15 Kinecticut - Swiss Radio Lausanne (Satellite HAYDN)

  • 20:15 - 20:25 Alexander Bradley "A Song in a Can Underwater" (ichiigai)

  • 20:25 - 20:46 Günther Lause "Seven Colours" (ichiigai)

  • 20:46 - 21:00 Proverbs of Hell - VPRO (Satellite HAYDN)

  • 21:00 - 21:27 Static "Freedom of Noise"

  • 21:27 - 21:48 Jan Jelinek (Part 1)

  • 21:48 - 22:00 Ward Weis (Satellite HAYDN)

  • 22:00 - 22:20 Jan Jelinek (Part2) (Live auf HAYDN)

  • 22:20 - 22:30 Static "Freedom of Noise"

  • 22:30 - 22:50 Static (Live auf LISZT)

  • 22:50 - 23:00 Marina Rosenfeld Satellite (Satellite LISZT)

  • 23:00 - 23:17 Andres Andrade "Krötenlecker" (ichiigai)

  • 23:17 - 23:48 Jan Jelinek and Hanno Leichtmann

  • 23:48 - 0:00 Future Fluxus - ORF Wien (Satellite HAYDN)

This schedule uses german (CET) time. For GMT schedule and more streaming links go to the official Art's Birthday site.

Photographic Memories

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Art's Birthday 2012 Karlsruhe

Jan Jelinek

dived into the deep sea of the SWR archives for selecting some rare material of spoken word recordings prepared in his laboratory for the live concert at SWR Art's Birthday 2012.
Jan Jelinek: electronics, sampler, signal processors.

Jan Jelinek (CV)

Jan Jelinek's approach is all about the transformation of sound, about translating parameters of popular music into abstract, reduced and textural electronics.

Bypassing the rules of traditional musicianship, he prefers to construct collages from tiny sound fragments, from the lost-and-found products of samplers, tape recorders, media players and other recording implements. To this end, Jan Jelinek often works with loops and slight modulations to distill the gist of a piece of music and define it more clearly while masking its original source.Born and raised in Darmstadt, in 1995 Jelinek moved to Berlin to study sociology and philosophy and embark on his experiments with a wide variety of sampling media.
After a brief incubation period, in 1998 he started to release his works under a number of pseudonyms, adapting his primary sampling premise to a surprising range of different sounds. Among others, Jelinek contributed to the Hannover-based EXPO 2000: together with design collective 3DeLuxe, he crafted several multimedia land- and soundscapes for the young media pavilion. 2001 saw the release of Loop Finding Jazz Records, Jelinek's first album under his own name, a selection of tracks based on old jazz recordings. Here, the original arrangements dissolved into mere acoustic situations, thus turning the medium of sound into an instrument in its own right.
During the following years, Jan Jelinek collaborated with artists like Sarah Morris (ICE-Compositions) or German author Thomas Meinecke, played a range of laptop or gadget-based live sets, worked with improvisation ensembles from Japanese trio Computer Soup to the Australian jazz formation Triosk and created a number of audio-visual performances with programmer and video artist Karl Kliem for the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Kunsthalle Wien and Club Transmediale Berlin, among others.In 2007, Jan Jelinek, Hanno Leichtmann and Andrew Pekler founded Groupshow. A deliberate lack of predetermined repertoire or timescale underscores the trio's improvisational emphasis. The resulting performances possess no clear start or end and resemble freeform installations.
In 2008, Jelinek started the label faitiche as a platform for his own sound experiments. To date, the label has released two works: Faitiche01, the forgotten oeuvre of an early electronics composer whose biography seems to veer between fiction and reality. Faitiche02 explores the question of copyright in public space. Not to be forgotten to mention Ursula Bogner...




Static & Ensemble

Hanno Leichtmann (aka Static) chased the audio archive of the SWR for sounds and noises of rare species used as source-material for his Art's Birthday gift. Supported by trumpet player Sabine Ercklentz and harp player Anna Viechtl it is supposed to be a gorgeous hybrid of electronic and acoustic aspects of sound.

Hanno Leichtmann: electronics, percussion, signal processors Sabine Ercklentz: trumpet, effects, loopers Anna Viechtl: concert harp.

Photos by Maak Roberts

Static (CV)

is Berlin based musician and producer Hanno Leichtman. Besides his work as a member of the trio Groupshow along with Jan Jelinek and Andrew Pekler, and Denseland (with David Moss and Hannes Strobl, Static is his main solo project. Following the release of the last album re:talking about memories on City Centre Offices in 2006 Leichtmann wanted the follow-up Static album to be something entirely different. The question was how to go about this?

While searching for an answer Leichtmann kept busy with his other projects. He released an ambient album, Nuit Du Plomb, also on Karaoke Kalk, another album under the Forest Jackson moniker on the Austrian label Mosz Records and toured the world with Groupshow and as part of the Pole live band, all the time working on new Static material but never quite satisfied. Then, during a festival for improvised music in Berlin, he struck upon the idea of working with free improvising musicians, but to deploy them in a pop context. Leichtmann was already well acquainted with many of the musicians he wanted to record with from his days in the scene so it was easy to get the ball rolling.The main collaborators for the production of Freedom of Noise were harpist Clare Cooper, the trumpet player Axel Dörner and the saxophonist Tobias Delius. In this way Leichtmann was able to perfectly combine Static's loop based methodology with the additional expressive possibilities of having all those great musicians involved. So Static was able to move freely between arrangements and improvised passages.
In addition to the three principle collaborators named above Leichtmann also brought the following players on board to enrich the compositions: Nicholas Bussmann on cello, Zoe Irvine on electronics, Magda Mayas on organ, David Moss on voice, Andrea Neumann on inside piano, Gert-Jan Prins on analogue devices, Maura Rougieux on background vocals, Clayton Thomas on double bass, Kassian Troyer on table guitar and Sabine Vogel on flutes. All these musicians help to bring the vibrancy of a full live band to the album to make for a richly detailed tapestry of sound. On top of all these talented instrumentalists Leichtmann invited the vocalists Falko Teichmann from Berlin and Yanira Castro from Madrid to sing on a number of tunes, adding to the pop element of the album.

The result of Static recruiting such a diverse host of other musicians is striking. And true to the album title the recordings exude a great sense of freedom, as if the tracks were by no means forced, sounding instead as though they have been allowed to fall into place entirely naturally and to develop into the most comfortable structure quite organically. Musically the record is extremely multifaceted ranging from moments of eclectic pop, to experimental periods of neo-folk ambient and cut-up electronica. No doubt Leichtmann has succeeded in his goal of creating a new direction for Static. Freedom of Noise is a refreshing and adventurous musical journey.


Ichiigai is an independent label for sonic and visual art run by young artists in the vicinity of the State University for Arts and Design (HfG) in Karlsruhe, Germany. The following artists will participate at Art's Birthday with dedicated pieces:

  • Bradley Alexander "A Song in a Can Underwater"
  • Andrés Andrade "Krötenlecker"
  • Günter Lause "Sieben Farben"
  • Moderator: Julia Neupert
    Executive Producer: Frank Halbig
    Production: SWR/HfG/ZKM 2012
    On air: 9.03 - 11.00 pm CET SWR2
    On site: 8.00 - 12.00 pm CET ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Takehito Koganezawa

will enrich the Static Trio concert with live videos. The works of Takehito Koganezawa, following it's own poetic concept, are based on the perception and observation of everyday objects - their movements, sounds and rhythms. They are embodyments of experiences and emotions, being connected to the space and time context of a very special moment.

History of Art's Birthday

Art's Birthday Party is a celebration in memory of Robert Filliou who declared, on 17 January 1963, that Art had been born exactly 1,000,000 years ago when someone dropped a dry sponge into a pail of water. Ten years later he celebrated Art's 1,000,010th birthday at the Neue Galerie, Aachen.

After Filliou's death in 1987, some artists began to celebrate Art's Birthday with mail art, fax and slow scan TV events in the spirit of his concept of "The Eternal Network" or "La Féte permanente". The birthday parties took place in different cities across the world and artists were asked to bring birthday presents for Art - works that could be shared over the network.
Art's Birthday Party has never been a formal event but was always organized on an ad hoc basis through the network. Every participating location (and they are different every year) organizes its own party - from a few friends in a private studio to a performance evening in a museum, gallery or radio station. The only condition is that each group be able to send and receive birthday presents for Art. Since 1994 this has usually meant using the Internet in one form or other. Filliou's invention of Art's Birthday is wonderfully absurd and humorous in the typical Fluxus tradition of serious fun. So the global birthday party for art has always tried to be fun while paying homage to Robert Filliou's dream of The Eternal Network.

For this international event, the EBU Ars Acustica Group has designed a way to organize the contents and contributions under the idea of sound "gifts". Two main points in Stockholm (SESR) and Vienna (ATORF) will collect them via ISDN-lines and via the Internet and feed the two EBU satellite channels: HAYDN and LISZT. Both satellite channels will offer ready-to-broadcast materials along with signature-tunes and broadcast-identifications. Both channels can also be further mixed or remixed with other live-material if wanted or as an example the HAYDN channel of the satellite can be mixed with the LISZT channel.

Apart from that, on the Ars Acustica Art's Birthday webpage at the EBU, everyone can find the web addresses of independent international web projects also involved in the party (see All this input offers every station and producer their particular approach to this exciting event!

Satellite schedules

Time-slots HAYDN (CET)

  • 20:00 - Swiss Radio (Live from Lausanne)
  • 20:20 - YLE - Finnish Radio (Live from Helsinki)
  • 20:40 - VPRO (Live from Hilversum)
  • 21:00 - DLR/DKU (Live from Berlin)
  • 21:20 - Swiss Radio (Live from Lausanne)
  • 21:40 - Ward Weis (Live from Antwerp)
  • 22:00 - SWR (Live from Karlsruhe)
  • 22:20 - France Musique (Live from Paris)
  • 22:40 - Free Radio Helsinki (Live from Graz)
  • 23:00 - Radio Belgrade (Live from Belgrade)
  • 23:20 - Cef ELF (Live from Vancouver)
  • 23:40 - ORF Kunstradio (Live from Vienna)

Time-slots LISZT (CET)

  • 20:05 - Swedish Radio (Live from Stockholm)
  • 20:10 - RNE (live from Madrid)
  • 20:30 - Slovak Radio (Live from Bratislava)
  • 20:50 - CZCR (Live from Brno)
  • 21:10 - Radio Russia (Live from Moscow)
  • 21:30 - Croatian Radio (Live from Zagreb)
  • 21:50 - DLR/DKU (Live from Berlin)
  • 22:10 - RTBF (Live from Brussels)
  • 22:30 - SWR (Live from Karlsruhe)
  • 22:50 - Swedish Radio (Live from Stockholm)
  • 23:10 - Radio Romania (Live from Bukarest)
  • 23:30 - Radio Slovenia (Live from Ljubljana)

This schedule uses german (CET) time. For GMT schedule and more streaming links go to the official Art's Birthday site.