Tim Hecker

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Tim Hecker
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Background information
Also known asJetone
Born (1974-07-17) July 17, 1974 (age 48)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)Composer
Instrument(s)Electronics
Years active1996–present
Labels
Websitesunblind.net

Tim Hecker is a Canadian electronic musician, producer, composer, and sound artist. His work, spanning atmospheric ambient albums such as Harmony in Ultraviolet (2006), Ravedeath, 1972 (2011) and Virgins (2013), has been widely critically acclaimed.[1][2] He has released nine albums and a number of EPs in addition to a number of film scores[3] and collaborations with artists such as Arca, Ben Frost, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Daniel Lopatin, and Aidan Baker.[4][5]

Biography[edit]

Hecker performing at Mutek Montréal in 2012.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Hecker is the son of two art teachers. During his high school years, he played in rock bands with friends, before acquiring a sampler and working on solo material.[6] He moved to Montreal, Quebec in 1998 to study at Concordia University and explore his artistic interests further.[6] He initially performed internationally as a DJ and techno producer under the name Jetone, releasing three albums under the moniker.[7] By 2001 he became disenchanted with the musical direction of the Jetone project. In 2001, Hecker released the album Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again,[8] under his own name through the label Alien8.[7] He followed with Radio Amor (2003) and Mirages (2004).

In 2006 he moved to Kranky where he released his fourth album Harmony in Ultraviolet.[7][9] He subsequently incorporated the use of pipe organ sounds which were digitally processed and distorted. The album was called the 9th best ambient album of all time by Pitchfork.[10] For the album Ravedeath, 1972, Hecker traveled to Iceland where together with Ben Frost, he recorded parts in a church.[11] Ravedeath, 1972 was awarded the Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year.[12] In November 2010, Alien8 re-released Hecker's debut album on vinyl.[13][14] Live performances contain improvisations by processing organ sounds that are manipulated, with great fluctuations in volume.[15]

In 2012, Hecker collaborated with Daniel Lopatin (who also records as Oneohtrix Point Never) on an improvisatory project which became Instrumental Tourist (2012).[16] Following 2013's Virgins, Hecker convened once again in Reykjavik, Iceland for sessions across 2014 and 2015, to create what would become Love Streams.[17] Collaborators include Ben Frost, Johann Johannsson, Kara-Lis Coverdale and Grimur Helgason, whilst the 15th century choral works by Josquin des Prez birthed the foundations of the album.[18] In February 2016, it was announced that Hecker had joined 4AD while Love Streams (2016) was released in April of that year.[19][20] Hecker admits to thinking about ideas like "liturgical aesthetics after Yeezus" and the "transcendental voice in the age of auto-tune" during its creation.[21]

In addition to touring with Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Rós and recording with the likes of Fly Pan Am, Hecker has also collaborated with the likes of Arca and Aidan Baker.[5][22] He has also contributed remixes to other artists, including Ellen Allien, John Cale, Isis, and Interpol.[6][23][24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Hecker pursued a professional career outside music and worked as a political analyst for the Canadian Government in the early 2000s.[26] After leaving his employment in 2006 he enrolled at McGill University to study for a PhD,[27] with a thesis on urban noise that was published in 2014.[28] He has also worked there as a lecturer in sound culture in the Art History and Communications department.[29]

Discography[edit]

Tim Hecker[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs and other[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

As Jetone[33][edit]

  • Autumnumonia (2000)
  • Ultramarin (2001)
  • Sundown (2006)

Credits[34][edit]

  • Mitchell Akiyama – 'Temporary Music' (2002)
  • Désormais – 'Climate Variations' (2002)
  • Ghislain Poirier – 'Sous Le Manguier' (2002)
  • Tennis – 'Self-Heal Mishap' (Undertaker Mix) (2003)
  • Isis – 'Carry' (2004)
  • Isis – 'Carry' (Tim Hecker Remix Second Version) (2004)
  • Ris Paul Ric – 'Purple Blaze' (2005)
  • TV Pow – 'Whiteout' (2005)
  • Ensemble – 'Disown, Delete' (2006)
  • Lesbians On Ecstasy – 'We Know You Know' (2007)
  • Colin Stetson – 'Time Is Advancing With Fitful Irregularity White Pulse Mix' (2009)
  • Bell Orchestre – 'Water / Light / Shifts' (Remix) (2009)
  • Genghis Tron – 'Board Up The House' (Tim Hecker Remix) (2009)
  • Ellen Allien – 'Sun The Rain' (Tim Hecker Remix) (2011)
  • John Cale – Suffocation Raga For John Cale (Tim Hecker Transition) (2012)
  • Mogwai – 'Rano Pano' (Tim Hecker Remix) (2012)
  • Ellen Allien – 'Sun The Rain' (Tim Hecker Rmx) (2013)
  • The Field – 'No. No...' (Tim Hecker Mix) (2014)
  • Hundred Waters – 'Down From The Rafters' (Tim Hecker Remix) (2014)
  • Ben Frost – 'Aurora' (2014)
  • Dorian Concept – 'The Sky Opposite' (Tim Hecker Remix) (2015)
  • Interpol – Twice As Hard (Remixed By Tim Hecker) (2016)
  • Sarah Neufeld – 'The Ridge' (2016)
  • Michael Gordon, Mantra Percussion – Timber (Tim Hecker Remix) (2016)
  • Ben Lukas Boysen – 'Nocturne 4' (Tim Hecker Remix) (2017)
  • Chitose Hajime – '豊年節' (Tim Hecker Remix) (2019)
  • Arca – 'Cayó' (2022)[35]

Art[edit]

Hecker occasionally makes sound installations and has collaborated with visual artists such as Stan Douglas[36] and Charles Stankievech.[37]

Hecker, along with other musicians Ben Frost and Steve Goodman (Kode9) and artists Piotr Jakubowicz, Marcel Weber (MFO) and Manuel Sepulveda (Optigram), provided music for Unsound Festival's sensory installation, Ephemera.[38]

Hecker composed the score for Damien Jalet's performance piece Planet [wanderer].[39]

Film[edit]

Hecker composed the score for 2016's The Free World,[40] selected to be shown in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.[41] He composed the score for BBC Two drama series The North Water directed by Andrew Haigh and based on Ian McGuire's novel of the same name.[31][42]

Hecker also composed the score for the Austrian drama and horror film Luzifer, which won the Best Actor Award for Franz Rogowski at Fantastic Fest in 2021[43] and Best Actress Award for Susanne Jensen and Best Actor Award for Franz Rogowski at the 2021 Sitges Film Festival.[44][45]

Hecker is currently composing the score for Infinity Pool, the 2023 film by Canadian director Brandon Cronenberg, starring Alexander Skarsgård and Mia Goth, which will premiere at Sundance Film.[46][47][48]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Tim Hecker". Mutek.org. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Tim Hecker". IMDb. Retrieved September 17, 2022.
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  5. ^ a b "Arca shares new single and music video, 'Cayó': Watch". DJMag.com. April 7, 2022. Retrieved September 23, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c "Spin Interview 2013" Christopher R. Weingarten, 'Tim Hecker: Attack of the Drones', Spin Magazine; October 10, 2013
  7. ^ a b c Hampson, Simon (March 3, 2007). "Tim Hecker interview". Cyclic Defrost. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Tim Hecker – Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again". Discogs. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "Tim Hecker – Harmony In Ultraviolet". Discogs. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time - Page 5". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  11. ^ "Tim Hecker Talks Ravedeath, 1972 | Exclaim!". exclaim.ca. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  12. ^ "Yearly Summary". JUNO. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2022.
  13. ^ "Tim Hecker – Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again (vinyl 2010)". Discogs. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "Tim Hecker – Haunt Me". Alien8recordings.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "RA: Tim Hecker: Imaginary countries". Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "Instrumental Tourist review" Mark Richardson, 'Tim Hecker/Daniel Lopatin Instrumental Tourist review', Pitchfork, November 30, 2012
  17. ^ "Tim Hecker - Love Streams - Review". DIY. Retrieved September 23, 2022.
  18. ^ "Tim Hecker Announces New Album Love Streams". Pitchfork.com. January 27, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  19. ^ de Franchis, Vittoria (February 2, 2016). "Tim Hecker joins 4AD and announces new album 'Love Streams' | Inverted Audio". inverted-audio.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  20. ^ Todd, Bella (April 5, 2016). "Tim Hecker: 'I make pagan music that dances on the ashes of a burnt church'". The Guardian. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  21. ^ "News | Tim Hecker Announces New Album". The Quietus. January 27, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  22. ^ "Fantasma Parastasie, by Aidan Baker And Tim Hecker". Alien8recordings. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  23. ^ "Tim Hecker: "Suffocation Raga for John Cale"". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  24. ^ "Interpol Enlist Tim Hecker, Panda Bear, the Field, More for Remix LP". Pitchfork. March 10, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  25. ^ "Ellen Allien Taps Tim Hecker, Bodycode for Remix Comp | Exclaim!". exclaim.ca. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  26. ^ "Guestlist on Pitchfork" 'Guest Lists: Tim Hecker', Pitchfork Media, October 27, 2006
  27. ^ "McGill Daily" John Watson 'Bring the noise', The McGill Daily, April 5, 2011
  28. ^ Hecker, Timothy (2014). The era of megaphonics: on the productivity of loud sound, 1880–1930 (Ph.D.). McGill University.
  29. ^ "Quietus Interview" Ryan Alexander Diduck 'Darkness More Than Anything: Tim Hecker Interviewed', The Quietus, March 21, 2012
  30. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (February 12, 2019). "Tim Hecker Announces New Album Anoyo, Shares Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  31. ^ a b "Tim Hecker Releasing Score for Colin Farrell–Starring TV Show The North Water". Pitchfork. September 9, 2021. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  32. ^ Pappis, Konstantinos (January 26, 2023). "Tim Hecker Announces New Album 'No Highs', Shares New Single 'Lotus Light'". Our Culture Mag. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  33. ^ "Jetone". Discogs. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  34. ^ "Tim Hecker". Discogs. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  35. ^ "Arca Continues Her Unparalleled World-Building with "Cayó"". FLOOD. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  36. ^ "En/Of". Bottrop-boy.com. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  37. ^ "Loveland". Stankievech.net. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  38. ^ "Ephemera". Unsound.pl. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  39. ^ "Planet [wanderer]". Damien Jalet. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  40. ^ "Tim Hecker Scoring Jason Lew's 'The Free World'". Film Music Reporter. December 14, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  41. ^ "Sundance Institute". Archived from the original on January 26, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  42. ^ The North Water (Adventure, Drama, Mystery), See-Saw Films, Rhombus Media, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), September 10, 2021, retrieved September 24, 2022
  43. ^ "Fantastic Fest 2021: Franz Rogowski awarded Best Actor". www.austrianfilms.com (in German). Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  44. ^ "Festival Scope". pro.festivalscope.com. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  45. ^ "Sitges Fantastic Film Festival: Double win for LUZIFER". www.austrianfilms.com (in German). Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  46. ^ "Infinity Pool - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved September 17, 2022.
  47. ^ Lang, Brent (June 23, 2021). "Alexander Skarsgård Starring in Brandon Cronenberg's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Infinity Pool'". Variety. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  48. ^ "Program Guide | 2023 Sundance Film Festival". festival.sundance.org. Retrieved December 10, 2022.

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