Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tim Hecker - Radio Amor

Montreal producer Tim Hecker made his initial breakthrough as Jetone, but followed with some incredible ambient work attributed to his born name. This experimental ambient 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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When you're hunting for real good ambient then you have to catch up at least a handfull of Tim Hecker's records. Next to his great team works with artists like Oren Ambarchi oder Aidan Baker he's a wiz when it comes to ambient soundscapes. Let yourself float in this nice tunes. Enjoy!

1. Song of the Highwire Shrimper
2. (They call me) Jimmy
3. Spectral
4. I'm Transmitting Tonight
5. 7000 Miles
6. Shipyards of La Ceiba
7. Careless Whispers
8. The Star Compass
9. Azure Azure
10. Trade Winds, White Heat

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