Tim Hecker Report Card

NXNE ’14 Report Card: Tim Hecker @ The Great Hall

Thursday, June 19. Montreal drone master turned The Great Hall into a dream machine.

- Jun 20, 2014

Background/Composition:  Tim Hecker is a drone artist with sounds outside of most of my frames of references, and yes, a clear structure (he played cuts from past albums relatively straight).

No Lights, No Action: A

The Great Hall's lights were turned down entirely for the set, but Hecker's sounds nurtured plenty of spectacle - all you had to do was close your eyes and breathe, and images more spectacular than anything truly visible would cycle through.

Hooting Bros and Flashing Cameras: A-

The concert drew a few Dronebros (noun: a bro who enjoys hollering during drone music), as well as people who had the temerity to break the pitch black concert hall with a flash photo. What was surprising was how well they worked with the performance: The pops of light provided a few precious reminders that the sounds were being generated by a mortal, and the human element was furthered with the occasional "WOO!" over the thick curtains of sound.

Tim Hecker - Black Refraction

Balconies: A

Thank god I got a seat upstairs early, otherwise the show would have been more of an endurance run faced with those enormous fequencies and bigger bass sounds.


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