Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist

If the world of experimental synth-drone music can be said to have any stars, then two of the brightest are Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin, the latter of whom records as Oneohtrix Point Never. And now the two have gotten together to record an instrumental LP called Instrumental Tourist. (If you ask me, they should’ve called it Watch The Drone.) According to a press release, the sounds on the album come from “a sound palette from the acoustic resonance of digitally-sourced ’Instruments of the World,’” and the duo improvised wherever possible. Below, check out the album’s tracklist and listen to the queasily spaced-out opening track “Uptown Psychedelia.”

TRACKLIST:
01 “Uptown Psychedelia”
02 “Scene From A French Zoo”
03 “Vacinnation For Thomas Mann”
04 “Instrusions”
05 “Whole Earth Tascam”
06 “GRM Blue II”
07 “GRM Blue III”
08 “Racist Drone”
09 “Grey Geisha”
10 “Instrumental Tourist”
11 “Ritual For Consumption”
12 “Vaccination”

Instrumental Tourist is out 11/20 on the new Software Recording Co. imprint SSTUDIOS, which will focus on collaborations like this one.

Comments (5)
  1. personally, I’m excited for “Racist Drone”

  2. They should’ve called it “Directionless Soundscapes That Me and My Friends (That Don’t Know How To Play Keyboards) Can Easily Make At 3:00AM With a Few Synths and a Laptop”

    This is certainly fun stuff but not special or unique..at least, this one piece isn’t. I’m definitely curious to hear the rest.

    Considering these guys like ” synth stars” is like considering your leaf blower like a botanical engineer.

    • Have you heard much Tim Hecker or are your opinions on the degree of his musicianship coming solely from this relatively very small snippet of his work? I have a number of his albums, they are widely viewed as being very rich in creativity, full of textures and submelodies, bringing a whole world of landscapes, colours and ideas to life.
      Have you listened through the albums ‘Harmony in Ultraviolet’ or ‘An Imaginary Country’ ? These pieces of art would be impossible to make on a whim at 3 in the morning, yes of course certain types of ‘ambient’ can be made very easily and even just improvised/made by convenient accident on the spot – but Tim Hecker’s work is not at all like that but is very much intelligently and emotionally thought out, and put together with purpose. If you *have listened to a selection of his albums and still feel the same, I would bet that it’s very likely you just aren’t into the genre rather than Hecker not deserving of his status as a highly respected musician.
      Is he a synth star? Well I’m not sure what would actually qualify someone for such a cheesily hip title, but he’s certainly more the ‘botanical engineer’ of his particular craft than a Leaf Blower.

  3. @chresus jist , have you heard much Tim Hecker or are your opinions on the degree of his musicianship coming solely from this relatively very small snippet of his work? I have a number of his albums, they are widely viewed as being very rich in creativity, full of textures and submelodies, bringing a whole world of landscapes, colours and ideas to life.
    Have you listened through the albums ‘Harmony in Ultraviolet’ or ‘An Imaginary Country’ ? These pieces of art would be impossible to make on a whim at 3 in the morning, yes of course certain types of ‘ambient’ can be made very easily and even just improvised/made by convenient accident on the spot – but Tim Hecker’s work is not at all like that but is very much intelligently and emotionally thought out, and put together with purpose. If you *have listened to a selection of his albums and still feel the same, I would bet that it’s very likely you just aren’t into the genre rather than Hecker not deserving of his status as a highly respected musician.
    Is he a synth star? Well I’m not sure what would actually qualify someone for such a cheesily hip title, but he’s certainly more the ‘botanical engineer’ of his particular craft than a Leaf Blower.

  4. I am entertained by people who say ‘oh, I could have done that!’. my only question is – then why didn’t you? while many things may seem simple after the fact, the genesis of an idea and follow through of its creation is far more difficult than one may think. too many people feel liberated to be critics yet are themselves far from experts of a given subject.
    if you don’t like something, that’s fine. but to try and demean it with an irresponsible comment like ‘I could have done that’ is juvenile and stupid.

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