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Tim Hecker

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Montreal, Canada (1996 – present)

Montreal producer Tim Hecker made his initial breakthrough as Jetone, but followed with some incredible work attributed to his born name. This work, released by Alien8 sublabel Substractif beginning in late 2001 with Haunt Me Haunt Me, Do It Again, won much acclaim. It also familiarised listeners with the producer himself, and not just because it featured his real name rather than a moniker: Hecker’s self-titled work was much more personal than his Jetone recordings, its ideological characteristics reflecting his interests and its experimental slant similarly reflected his ambitions. For his self-titled recordings, Hecker drew inspiration from pop culture and showcased his ideas within dense collages of found sounds and computer-generated noise. The producer also performed live extensively.

As a graduate student studying digital acoustics and software, Hecker spent years dabbling with electronic music before finally debuting as Jetone in 2000 with Autumnumonia for Pitchcadet. The release interested Force Inc, which released Hecker’s next album as Jetone, Ultramarin, a year later. Following this popular release, he aligned himself with Alien8, an experimental label based in Montreal. He recorded Haunt Me Haunt Me, Do It Again for the label’s ambient sub-label, Substractif, and watched it inspire critical praise upon its release in late 2001. The album proved so successful that Substractif released a follow-up EP, My Love Is Rotten to the Core, less than a year later in hopes of building upon the lingering critical buzz surrounding Haunt Me. Hecker then recorded Radio Amor for Mille Plateaux, Force Inc’s experimental ambient sublabel, which released the album in April 2003.

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  • last_nickname

    That guy created every fucking sound I ever wanted to hear [3]

    22 May 5:48pm Reply
  • m1a100

    I should say, but I have such a deep love for Radio Amor too. It's so intimate, almost isolationist record. I recommend to listen "Trade Winds, White Noise" too. This record sounds like a demo tape of Radio Amor, to me, and there's a lot of elements he would use on RA. Both goes as my main favorites from him.

    19 May 3:22am Reply
  • Oliahim

    Might be because it was the first album of his that I heard, but I love Radio Amor. The piano, the 'adrift' atmospheres and the prolonged soundscapes make it just a wonderful thing. Plus, it's maybe the most ambient album in his discography, in that you can function with it in the background (well at least except during 7000 Miles and Azure Azure), unlike his later soul-crushing albums like Harmony and Virgins, for instance. Either way, a unique artist and a divine discography through and through.

    17 May 9:30am Reply
  • SiMonvmentvm

    Haunt me is excellent.

    15 May 12:18am Reply
  • Chadion

    I'm really starting to like 'Virgins'

    11 May 7:23pm Reply
  • tothecastle

    great concert in london yesterday

    11 May 3:10pm Reply
  • a_spaceman

    yes, Mirages is absolutely his best album

    6 May 11:29pm Reply
  • JBarracudaL

    Tim Hecker's music just blows me away. It's unspeakably beautiful.

    6 May 3:00am Reply
  • DonPantuflo

    I find myself drowning in his glitch and drone landscapes a lot while studying. It's just gorgeous.

    3 May 9:33am Reply
  • SiMonvmentvm

    Ravedeath is weightless magic. Harmony is a warm blanket. Virgins is a (relatively) abrasive labyrinth. One simply cannot decide!

    3 May 2:46am Reply
  • evanmoore

    But of course I love every one of Tim's albums.

    2 May 8:52am Reply
  • evanmoore

    Favorite has historically been Ravedeath, but I've really been digging Harmony in Ultraviolet lately as well. I feel those are his two best, with An Imaginary Country behind them.

    2 May 8:52am Reply
  • m1a100

    I stated this here times ago, but it seems that "Mirages" doesn't really gets too much love here. Which it's sad because I'll never understand why an album with tracks like "Neither More Nor Less" and "The Truth of Accountants" is so damn underrated here =/

    29 Apr 5:16pm Reply
  • Come59

    Harmony in Ultraviolet and An Imaginary Country are probably the most "dronish", before he kind of switched his style with Ravedeath, 1972.

    27 Apr 9:43pm Reply
  • m1a100

    Everything, except Harmony in Ultraviolet and An Imaginary Country. I just can't get into these two.

    27 Apr 9:28pm Reply
  • FaiAhmed

    my fav is Harmony in Ultraviolet.

    27 Apr 6:13pm Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    Virgins is pretty special, and I definitely agree with the statement that his whole discography is great. I've been listening to a lot of An Imaginary Country lately and I find that the latter half of that album is simply incredible. From Paragon Point (track 8) to track 11's Where Shadow Makes Shadows represents musical perfection in the genre. Currents of Electrostasy and Where Shadow Makes Shadows in particular are really breathtaking songs (magnified with a good set of headphones). Kranky is such a great label all around.

    27 Apr 5:40pm Reply
  • Come59

    My fav would be Harmony in Ultraviolet, but I can't even explain why. His whole discography is great, but Harmony in Ultraviolet is just perfect.

    27 Apr 10:55am Reply
  • LucasXavierReis

    To me, it's Virgins. There's something really magical about his whole discography to me, but 'Live Room' and 'Live Room Out' are just in another level.

    27 Apr 12:08am Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    What's everyone's favorite record?

    26 Apr 4:50pm Reply
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