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.
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.
— Chart Attack (@ChartAttack) June 20, 2014