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 +3Posted on Sep 17th, 2012 | re: Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - "Uptown Psychedelia" (5 comments)

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.

 0Posted on Sep 17th, 2012 | re: Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - "Uptown Psychedelia" (5 comments)

@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.