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- Sun Pandamonium by Hecker
9/10 Ant Staff review, 31 March 2011
For some unknown reason it never crossed my mind that this album would ever see the light of day on vinyl. I'm pleased to report that Pan have spared no expense in creating a super deluxe vinyl edition housed in an ultra modern screen printed PVC outer sleeve containing six monochrome lacquered sheets. This was originally released on Mego back in 2003 and in many ways still sounds as fresh and relevant as it did those eight or so years ago. Now widely regarded as a computer music classic, the album was at the time of release rewarded with the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica award. What I particularly like about this album (and this can be said for all of Hecker's work) is that it basically just throws the "rule book" straight out of the window, disregarding what is generally percived as being music in terms of rhythm, melody, structure etc. These tracks completely shatter the listeners expectations of what music should and could be. Heavily assisted by the laws of physics and mathematics these tracks disorientate and confuse. With many abstract sounds it can be easy to attach an imaginary visual image to try and grasp some sort of narrative, but that simply is not the case here. It is pure sound, transforming through advanced methods of synthesis creating complex shapes as they vibrate through the air and into the ears. I sometimes get the sound I used to have as a kid when I would enjoy chewing on un-blown balloons, like this fuckin' weird rubbery stretching acidic squelchy sound as the balloon gnawing vibrated my teeth and traveled into my ears. I used to totally love doing that. Also there are some hyper-shifting crunching sounds creating dislocated and collapsing rhythms which give me a sense that while Hecker is working studiously in this academic way, he's also having fun creating these quirky and STILL fresh sounds. When the record gets flipped then all sorts of insane cacophony occurs that basically defy's being translated into text. LISTEN. It really is no wonder that folks like William Bennett and Richard D James hold this artist in such high regard.
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