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Tim Hecker


October 10, 2007
CD, Digital, Streaming

Recorded at the Norberg Festival (Sweden) amidst the mineshafts and cluttered buildings strewn throughout parts the city, this 21 minute live piece summarises much of what makes Tim Hecker’s music so vital and compelling. 

Adept at counter-pointing the most ferocious of distorted platters with smooth beds of ambient sound and potent melodic overtones, Tim Hecker creates music with a vast depth. On Norberg, this depth seems almost endless, as layer upon layer of sound are compiled into a swelling and all together visceral oceanic sound wave. 

Recently touring Australia and New Zealand and performing at ROOM40’S annual festival Open Frame, this CD comes on the back of some incredible live performances in the Southern Hemisphere.


Tim Hecker is a Canadian-based musician and sound artist, born in Vancouver. Since 1996, he has produced a range of audio works for Mille Plateaux, ROOM40, Kranky, Alien8, Force Inc, Staalplaat, and Fat Cat.

His works have been described as “structured ambient”, “tectonic color plates” and “cathedral electronic music”. More to the point, he has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft which is both physical and emotive.

The New York Times has described his work as “foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole”. His Radio Amor was recognized as a key recording of 2003 by The Wire magazine. His Harmony in Ultraviolet was in Pitchfork’s Top 20 of key recordings for 2006.


“[Norberg]… delivers generously off the bat, focusing on the dissonant contradictions of symphonic warmth and white noise evocation that have become the producer’s highly recognisable trump card. This is well worth chasing down” Exclaim!

“a faultless sampling of his magnificent body of work” Dusted Magazine

“the glorious sound of things falling apart” Michael Azerrad, eMusic

“A brief, but extremely enlightening glimpse into the world of a truly profound sound artist..Room 40 have done it again. Brilliant” White line

“Hecker’s strongest sounds shine amid the pollution outside – akin to the northern lights bleeding into streetlights” THE WIRE