Tim Hecker (2013)
Being hailed as the most significant ambient music artists since Brian Eno might daunt some, but Tim Hecker’s work stands up to the hype. The Montreal-based sound artist creates intense, multilayered soundscapes that exist at the nexus of melody and noise, chaos and order. Screaming loops of feedback, altered found-sound samples and shimmering keyboard textures bounce off one another. Distortion and echo generate eerie and surprising rhythms within a melancholy and almost spiritual envelope. Like the soundtrack to a half-remembered fever dream, Hecker’s work creates a meditative space where anxiety and comfort, tension and repetition, coexist.
He is the first electronic artist to guest curate Sled Island.
"We can't think of another producer in the field who's had such an unstoppable winning streak over the past ten years." - Altered Zones