J. J. Jeczalik

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J. J. Jeczalik
Birth name Jonathan Edward Stephen Jeczalik
Born (1955-05-11) 11 May 1955 (age 60)
Banbury, England
Genres Electronica, synthpop, new wave, pop, rock
Occupation(s) Composer, musician, teacher
Instruments Synthesizers, Fairlight CMI
Associated acts Art of Noise
Website theartofnoiseonline.com

Jonathan Edward Stephen "J.J." Jeczalik (/jɛnˈɑːlɪk/; born 11 May 1955[1]) is a retired electronic musician, and co-founder of the former electronic music group, Art of Noise.[2][3]

Jeczalik also worked as a record producer and musician on a number of the Pet Shop Boys early recordings. After leaving Art of Noise, he recorded in the 1990s under the moniker "The Art of Silence", releasing one album entitled artofsilence.co.uk. He has also won a Grammy and taught IT at Oxford High School until his retirement in 2013.[4]

Before Art of Noise[edit]

Before working with Trevor Horn and the ZTT Records label, Jeczalik had studied little about music. Through working with Geoff Downes (whom co-founded The Buggles with Horn) and his Fairlight CMI sampler, Jeczalik got in touch with Horn in the early 1980s and became the main programmer and player of Horn's own Fairlight. Jeczalik worked with several artists and bands including:

When the Fairlight CMI Series II came out in 1982, Jeczalik got access to "Page R", the built-in sequencer for the Fairlight. While working on the Yes album 90125, Jeczalik was experimenting with drum and percussion samples from Yes' drummer, Alan White. Jeczalik along with sound engineer, Gary Langan, sequenced drum beats and breaks in Page R and created "Beat Box", the debut single for Art of Noise.

During production of Malcolm McLaren's album Duck Rock, Jeczalik and Langan met Anne Dudley, a classical music session musician and composer. Along with Horn, Langan, Dudley and Paul Morley, Jeczalik co-founded Art of Noise in 1983.[5]

JJ Jeczalik Discography[edit]


  • 1993: JJ Jeczalik's Art of Sampling

Art of Silence Discography[edit]


  • 1995: West 4 (Limited Edition)
  • 1995: The Giant Remixes (Limited Edition)
  • 1996: West 4
  • 1997: Teach Me


  • 1996: artofsilence.co.uk

Selected studio work excluding Art of Noise[edit]


  • 1981: Sat in Your Lap Kate Bush; Fairlight programming; No. 11
  • 1981: Hand Held in Black And White Dollar; Fairlight programming; No. 19
  • 1981: Mirror Mirror (Mon Amor) Dollar; Fairlight programming; No. 4
  • 1982: Poison Arrow ABC; Fairlight programming; No. 6
  • 1982: Give Me Back My Heart Dollar; Fairlight programming; No. 4
  • 1982: The Look of Love ABC; Fairlight programming; No. 4
  • 1982: Videotheque Dollar; Fairlight programming; No. 17
  • 1982: All of My Heart ABC; Fairlight programming; No. 5
  • 1982: Buffalo Gals Malcolm McLaren and the World's Famous Supreme Team; Fairlight programming; No. 9
  • 1983: Soweto Malcolm McLaren; Fairlight programming; No. 32
  • 1983: Double Dutch Malcolm McLaren; Fairlight programming; No. 3
  • 1983: Owner of a Lonely Heart Yes; Fairlight programming; No. 28
  • 1983: Relax Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Fairlight programming; No. 1
  • 1983: Duck for the Oyster Malcolm McLaren; Fairlight programming; No. 54
  • 1984: Dr. Mabuse Propaganda; Fairlight programming; No. 27
  • 1984: Leave It Yes; Fairlight programming; No. 56
  • 1984: Absolute Scritti Politti; Fairlight programming; No. 17
  • 1984: Two Tribes Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Fairlight programming; No. 1
  • 1984: Young Hearts (Sudden Africa Mix) Silent Running; remix; No. 92
  • 1984: Plague of Hearts Flip; producer
  • 1984: Going Up in the World The Hostages; remix
  • 1984: Flesh For Fantasy (Below The Belt Mix) Billy Idol; Fairlight Programming; 54
  • 1984: Beat Boy Visage; Fairlight programming
  • 1985: Kiss Me Stephen Tintin Duffy; producer/Fairlight programming; No. 4
  • 1985: Cry (Extended Remix) Godley & Creme; remix; No. 19
  • 1985: Opportunities Pet Shop Boys; producer/Fairlight programming; No. 116
  • 1986: I Dream in Blue The Shine; Fairlight programming
  • 1986: Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money) Pet Shop Boys; producer/Fairlight programming; No. 11
  • 1986: Ready Made Fehlmann's Ready Made; Fairlight programming
  • 1989: Noisy (Aow Too Dou Zat) Jean Paul Gaultier; produced and mixed/Fairlight programming
  • 1989: Jezebel Shakin' Stevens; produced and remixed; No. 58
  • 1989: Primitive Man Eartha Kitt; mixed
  • 1990: It's Over Paul Monéo; producer
  • 1997: Out of the Fire Lock; producer


  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Hochman, Steve (20 July 1986). "Art of Noise Got Wrong Image By Avoiding One". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Cromelin, Richard (31 July 1986). "Pop Music Review : Duane Eddy Rocks Life into Art of Noise". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Staff List". Oxford High School for GDST. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Whitehouse, KM. The Art of Noise Online http://www.theartofnoiseonline.com. Retrieved 11 June 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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