Tim Hecker is a Canadian-based musician and sound artist, born in Vancouver. Since 1996, he has produced a range of audio works for Kranky, Alien8, Mille Plateaux, Room40, Force Inc, Staalplaat, and Fat Cat. Hecker’s work is focused on digital and organic sound sources that often combine treated instrumentation, synthesizer, digital software, and effects pedals. His works have been described as “structured ambient”, “tectonic color plates” and “cathedral electronic music.” The New York Times has described his work as “foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole.” His Harmony in Ultraviolet received critical acclaim, including being recognized by Pitchfork as a top recording of 2006. Radio Amor was also recognized as a key recording of 2003 by Wire magazine. His work has also included commissions for contemporary dance, sound-art installations, as well as various writings.
“First Listen: Tim Hecker, ‘Virgins’,” Peter Macia, NPR, October 6, 2013.
“Tim Hecker: Attack of the Drones,” Christopher R. Weingarten, SPIN, October 10, 2013.
Tim Hecker review, Mike Powell, Pitchfork, October 15, 2013.