Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
Listen to a Hecker album is like listening to some weird symphony, while inside your washing machine, during the spin cycle. That is the closest thing/experience/description I can give a person asking about him. It can be a very challenging thing at times, because you know there is a beginning and an ending, but the in-between is very much in doubt. This album in particular take a different angle in that it’s a lot less “beautiful, ambient noise” and more music with a purpose to be aggressive, even contentious, in theme. You can still play this in the background, but this is much more interesting as a listening piece, in a pair of good headphones. Three listens, and it’s never seemed very long at all. It’s genius in how to maintain pace when it gets a little heavy. This isn’t an album with specific standout tracks, though I’m sure people might have some favorites.
Grade: B+….a very good effort. If you have no clue what he does – thank God for Youtube…see below. Or visit a Brian Eno album for background.