Tim Hecker is an electronic musician and sound artist based in Los Angeles, USA and Montreal, Canada. Hecker previously recorded under the moniker Jetone, but has become better known internationally for his ambient recordings mainly released through Kra...
Tim Hecker is an electronic musician and sound artist based in Los Angeles, USA and Montreal, Canada. Hecker previously recorded under the moniker Jetone, but has become better known internationally for his ambient recordings mainly released through Kranky Records under his own name. His latest album Love Streams will be released on his new label 4AD on 8 April 2016.
Born in Vancouver, Hecker is the son of two art teachers who spent his formative years developing an interest in music. He moved to Montreal in 1998 to study at Concordia University and explore his artistic interests further. After completing his studies, Hecker pursued a professional career outside music and worked as a political analyst for the Canadian Government. After leaving his employment in 2006 he enrolled at McGill University to pursue a PhD with the subject area of urban noise, which was submitted at the end of 2013. He has also worked as a lecturer in sound culture the Art History and Communications department. He is a producer of electronica and has performed internationally as a DJ (Jetone) and electronic musician.
His early career was characterised by an interest in techno, expressed under the Jetone moniker. Disenchanted with this direction, Hecker began exploring more abstract notions of sound and collages, describing this process as 'very brutal, bloody, bone-crushing experiences'. His current method of working involves the use of pipe organ sounds which are digitally processed and distorted. For the album Ravedeath, 1972, Hecker travelled to Iceland where together with Ben Frost, he recorded parts in a church. Live performances contain improvisations by processing organ sounds that are manipulated, with great fluctuations in volume.
In 2012, Hecker collaborated with Daniel Lopatin (who records as Oneohtrix Point Never) on an improvisatory project which became Instrumental Tourist (2012). Following 2013's Virgins, Hecker convened once again in Reykjavik for sessions across 2014 and 2015, to create what would become Love Streams. 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. Hecker admits to thinking about ideas like "liturgical aesthetics after Yeezus" and the "transcendental voice in the age of auto-tune" during its creation.
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 Christof Migone, Martin Tétreault and Aidan Baker. He has also contributed remixes to other artists, including Isis.
Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again (2001)
Radio Amor (2003)
Harmony in Ultraviolet (2006)
An Imaginary Country (2009)
Ravedeath, 1972 (2011)
Love Streams (2016)
EPs & Other
Trade Winds, White Noise (2002)
My Love Is Rotten to the Core (2002)
Radio Marti / Radio Havana (2004)
Mort Aux Vaches (2005)
Dropped Pianos (2011)
Fantasma Parastasie with Aidan Baker (Nadja) (2008)
Instrumental Tourist with Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) (2012)
Isis - 'Carry' (Tim Hecker Remix Second Version) (2004)
TV Pow - 'Whiteout' (2005)
Ensemble - 'Disown, Delete' (2006)
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)
Dorian Concept - 'The Sky Opposite' (Tim Hecker Remix) (2015)
Hecker occasionally makes sound installations and has collaborated with visual artists such as Stan Douglas and Charles Stankievech.
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'.
Hecker composed the score for 2016's The Free World, selected to be shown in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Tim Hecker at AllMusic
Tim Hecker at Alien8 Recordings
Discography at Discogs
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Nguyen, Mac. "Interview: Tim Hecker." The Silent Ballet, 28 March 2010.
Bergmann, Brett. "Global Movement, Local Detail: The Music of Tim Hecker." eContact! 11.2 — Figures canadiennes (2) / Canadian Figures (2) (July 2009). Montréal: CEC.
Hecker, Tim. "Guest List Top 10." Pitchfork. 27 October 2006.
Richardson, Mark. "Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet." Pitchfork. CD Review. 16 October 2006.