Tim Hecker ‎– Ravedeath, 1972

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The Piano Drop
In The Fog: I-II
In The Fog: III
No Drums
Hatred Of Music: I
Hatred Of Music: II
Analog Paralysis, 1978
Studio Suicide, 1980
In The Air: I-III

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krank154 Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972(2xLP, Album) Kranky krank154 US 2011 Sell This Version
none Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972(12xFile, FLAC, Album) Kranky none US 2011
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hafler3o

hafler3o

March 8, 2017
referencing Ravedeath, 1972, 12xFile, FLAC, Album, none

Lots of interesting reviews here. I'd just like to add that as a fan of atmospheric / ambient / arty! music I found this album to be a most refreshing and interesting listen. I was expecting some droney, clicky, sample-heavy sound 'drapes' with a confetti of overused digital editing. What I got was a slowly evolving aural feast somewhat akin to early Popol Vuh ('Garden Of Pharaohs' organ) meets Mogwai ('Zidane..' heavy guitar) so if you like that kind of (no) groove, this could be just for you. The title is silly though...
doncurtis

doncurtis

May 26, 2016
referencing Ravedeath, 1972, 2xLP, Album, krank154

Tim Hecker's music speaks for itself. It might be not easy for the ordinary listener to get into the heavy ambient drone sounds of this Canadian composing wizard, but if you are willing to give him a chance, you will experience soundscapes that will challenge your imagination like no other artist will. Distorted, dark, intense, haunting, soul crushingly beautiful, there is so much emotion, detail and drama hidden beneath the soundscapes of this album, it will feed your soul like...a never-ending poem full of hope, heartbreak and nostalgia. Probably best listened to on a clear cold night when you can look out your window and see the stars.
mlorbera

mlorbera

April 1, 2016
referencing Ravedeath, 1972, 2xLP, Album, krank154
It really frustrates me that they split In the Fog and, especially, Hatred of Music, across 2 sides of vinyl.. I would prefer if they shuffled the tracklisting to make it work.. Also not the best pressing, it arrived new with some surface noise and a few pops. All said though, fantastic album not to be missed
giullare

giullare

March 27, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Ravedeath, 1972, 2xLP, Album, krank154
..... for me is the BEST album of Tim Hecker....MASTERPIECE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kapervisser

kapervisser

October 18, 2014
referencing Ravedeath, 1972, 2xLP, Album, krank154

I liked 'Harmony In Ultraviolet' but this album indeed shows his lack of idea's at this particularly point. It feels like getting stucked and sucked into boredom. It is the same concept as his previous albums but onfortunaly not as good as them. The new album 'Virgins' , again has the same feeling to it but is lot nicer to listen to than this rumble. I really can't understand why people love this album so much as they say they do and i never will. I think it is his worst effort so far. Time to find new inspiration and a new direction maybe, 'Tim Hecker'. I hope his sperical approach of noise will lead to enlightenment but i am affraid it won't. He is trying to make music. He isn't as talented as some people want to believe.
Karmineka

Karmineka

October 11, 2014
referencing Ravedeath, 1972, 2xLP, Album, krank154

This album is very hard to listen... because i have heard the ep dropped pianos released the same year...and that was very nice... but in this i hear an artist who is trying to compete with his fellow artists like ben frost and maybe lawrence english.... but this is a passing era... we will be tuning for the next experimental electronic artists... and im sure there will be lots of them...
ttooyyss

ttooyyss

March 23, 2014
referencing Ravedeath, 1972, 2xLP, Album, krank154
VERY overestimated. Lack of musical ideas, no melody, almost no chords but unbearably much guitar distortion and noise. Wants to be dreamy but is rather a nightmarish record due to the ever-present flow of distortion, there's no calming, contemplating but noise pollution all along... So it is demanding to listen. Very boring and a bit tasteless. Typical younger-generation approach to ambient. It's not easy to make anything new in the genre since it has started some 40 years ago with Tangerine Dream, some Vangelis and others. During the decades we've already heard everything, and everything was better.... Highly UNRECOMMENDED time waster album. Look for others!
tarzan

tarzan

January 14, 2012
referencing Ravedeath, 1972, 2xLP, Album, krank154

Drony, noisy - and yet calm. Highly recommended!
S13

S13

August 27, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Ravedeath, 1972, CD, Album, krank154
Album contains 12 compositions recorded in the Frikirkjan church in Reykjavik applying computer, organs, synthesizer, piano, microphone and guitar amplifier. It is important to mention that while recording famous composer, sound engineer from Australia Ben Frost has worked on this rich, harmonious and high – quality sound. Pulse is felt in music while spacious atmospheres, piercing melodies are dominating. The mature, contribution and devotion of an artist are shown by sequential development of emotionality which leads to euphoria step by step. Subtle and aesthetic noise isn’t tiring, vice versa – it helps to empathize more into works. Strong motives of live sound and ecclesiastical echo – things that creates special feelings.

Definitely it is the masterpiece of modern-days, which pretends to the title of the album of the year.
Headphone_Commute

Headphone_Commute

July 4, 2011
referencing Ravedeath, 1972, 2xLP, Album, krank154
When winter arrives and the sky goes grey I like to close the blinds of my apartment, turn the heater up to eleven and cuddle up in my bed. Usually this custom of mine goes together with the computer placed on my bed and a thick blanket of music that fills up the air around me. When this morning I glanced outside and there was no apparent source of sunlight to be seen, the never-ending stretch of clouds had me a little bit excited as I figured this would be the perfect moment to experience the new Tim Hecker release, on the Chicago based Kranky imprint. Ravedeath, 1972 is the result of a live improvisation session in a church in Reykjavik and the studio process that followed afterward. Recorded with the support of none other than Ben Frost, I anticipated a throwback to the guitar themed noise that was so prominent with Hecker in his early EP, My Love is Rotten to the Core (Substractif, 2002). The two installments of “Hatred of Music”, “Analog Paralysis” and “Studio Suicide” also had me brace for a grim listening experience much like Frost's By the Throat (Bedroom Community, 2009). But when the heavily edited organs start to buzz through my room, it seldom had me grind my teeth. Not that this is a bad thing. Hecker playfully combines his characteristic chromatic chords and dissonant layering of sounds with the special qualities of the 'studio'. The acoustic of the recording location rubs off on the already churchly character of Hecker's work. He takes full effect of the reverb that the church permits, creating even more dense structures with each layer of sound folding up on itself. The record does not get violent or grim, instead it feels like a careful study of different motives that entrance the listener. “In the Fog” is a suite consisting of three pieces that starts out with a landscape of sounds that has different tones colliding with one another much like waves hitting other waves near a cliff. At the end of the first installment, a rhythmic pulse sets in and the music becomes more fluent. This sine wave, that reminds me a lot of the pulse used by Jim O'Rourke in I am Happy and I am Singing and a 1, 2, 3, 4. (Mego, 2001), gradually fades out during the following section, before coming back in “In the Fog III”. The inclusion of touches of the piano at the start of the third section is maybe a sign of Frost's presence. This together with the buzzing pulse and a growing almost dronish noise makes this the standout track for me. “Hatred of Music” starts out with high pitched ethereal waves of noise in which textures slowly turn into something darker. The light tones are transformed into multiple layers of sound that take shape in a grim dissonant sound sculpture. It is the first and only sign of the unnerving atmosphere I anticipated when putting on the record, but the moment is fleeting and quickly dissipates growing into a calm yet dark soundscape. The triptych “In the Air” functions as some kind of closing piece of the album. It starts off really accessible with nice soothing tones, but gradually gets filled with Hecker's heavy chromatic chords. Ravedeath, 1972 very much builds up on his previous work. The typical dense layering of sound is something Hecker has mastered like no other and the abstract form of his music creates a different experience for every listener and on each listen. I feel as if Ben Frost's major influence was in the inclusion of some more pure tones. Both the touches of piano in “In The Fog” and the steady guitar based drones that are present in “Hatred of Music”. This is good music to listen to or rather experience on a day when the weather does not let up. Recommended for listeners that enjoy Fennesz, Stars of the Lid and Lawrence English.