Tim Hecker is a Montreal-based ambient artist and producer who has been steadily releasing music since 2000. A true visionary for abstract electronic music, Hecker has mastered the art of digitally crafting living, breathing sonic movements. He utilizes a multitude of instrumentation and field recordings, crushed, distorted and warped into writhing acoustic organisms. By nature of this surging density, the listener is pulled in every direction and simultaneously pinned down by weighty aural impact.
Under his better-known eponymous ambient side, Hecker has produced 8 quality LPs (my favourites being “Harmony in Ultraviolet”, “Radio Amor” and his debut, “Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again”) and a host of supporting EPs. As a collaborator, he’s teamed with notable brethren such as noise/electronic producer Oneohtrix Point Never (also a talented individual), remixed the likes of Isis and Mogwai, and has been sought as a touring act with indie giants Sigur Rós and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Via Jetone, his notable minimalist dancey side project, Hecker has released 3 elusive LPs, “Ultramarin” standing as the only one I’ve managed to attain. Update: the winter’s ice hath thawed into Spring, trickling through Tim Hecker’s subconscious as “Love Streams”. This LP finds him at his most frigid, raw and beautiful – a frantic, sometimes harrowing squall of fragmented, wandering voices curated with the help of talented Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (try “Music of the Air” with trailing requiem “Bijie Dream”).