A veteran of the Montreal experimental music community, Tim Hecker was first recognized under the Jetone moniker in the early 2000s. Following releases under his own name on labels such as Kranky, Mille Plateaux, Alien8, Force Inc, and Staalplaat, as well as collaborations with much lauded contemporaries such as Christian Fennesz and, more recently, Ben Frost, Hecker’s international reputation has swelled to enviable proportions.
Hecker is known for his intense, atmospheric drone compositions that bridge the divide between artful dissonance and avant-garde classical. Through a steady release schedule, including the criticially acclaimed albums “Harmony In Ultraviolet” (2006) and “An “Imaginary Country” (2009), Hecker has amassed a wide cult following.
A veteran CTM performer, Hecker returns this year to present his newest album, 2011’s “Ravedeath 1979”. Recorded in a church in Reykjavik, Iceland the concept album uses a pipe organ as its primary sound source. The work is essentially a live recording made mostly over the period of only one day and as such exists in a nether world between captured, live performance and meticulous studio work. With track titles such as “Hatred of Music” the work takes on the currently perceived devaluation and abuse of music as a starting point in order to address motifs such as musical disobedience, acoustic destruction, and a pervasive negativity.
For his performance Hecker will specially mic the church organ at the Passionskirche church in order to overlay the instrument’s natural sounds with digital, real-time processing.
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