Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ravedeath, 1972 by Tim Hecker

There's no joking around in the concept of this album. The first word of the title, 'Ravedeath' can go in many ways, but I like to think of it as a way of saying this album is a funeral for electronic music in general, not just rave. On the album cover you can clearly see a bunch of men tossing a piano off a building. There's tracks entitled "Hatred For Music", "Studio Suicide", and "No Drums". I'm seeing a very bleak image painted from this album, but nothing that's depressing, but more in terms of destruction.

Tim Hecker specializes in making ambient music that scrape out beautiful soundscapes. His previous album, 'An Imaginary Country' isn't as dark as this one, but I can still hear allot of the destruction I described on this too. He's easily up there with the best in latest drone artists like Stars Of The Lid, William Basinski, and Fennesz. In my opinion, this album itself counts as one of the most essential ambient albums of all times.

The album was recorded inside of a church, which can pretty much explain some of the influences in the music such as the first track, 'The Piano Drop' which uses a pipe organ. That glitchy sound from his album 'Harmony in Ultraviolet' is still alive in the track 'In The Fog', which progresses into a powerful clastrophobic bleak atmosphere, which is later cleared up by the bueatiful 'No Drums'. Of course, that darkness does come back in 'Hatred For Music'. 

After what seems like a lay-back year for music last year, I do believe 2011 will pull through to be a great year for music.  If you're a fan of electronic music or wanting explore ambient and drone, this is a must listen to for you.


  1. wow.... a lot of things going on in that one track.

    thanks for sharing. :D

  2. I'm an avid fan of music ... I often crave music as much as the very air I breathe!

    There are so many genres, and, I am trying to educate and expose myself to a variety of music genres, as music is very powerful and influential from basic instrumentals to lyrics, in my opinion.

    I'm going to listen the published link, this particular type of genre is new ... to me. :)

    I'll be following you to see what new things you post! :)

  3. not enough BASS.. WHOMPPP WHOMPP WHOMMPPPP... but still pretty decent

  4. First time I've heard this type of music. very interesting.

  5. Okay, had to post just once more after listening to this, and, I agree that this is a must to listen to, especially if you are like me ... new to this genre.

    I found this music to bring about a range of thoughts and emotions:

    Thoughts ranged from envisioning visuals from a scene in a movie (with this being the background music) to associated animations, to possible uses in marketing.

    On a personal level, I found the music to be very relaxing and somewhat hypnotic.

    I even contemplated some other scenarios or activities in which this music might be playing and what type of impact it would have (but, I'll just keep that part to myself) lol.

    Lastly, I immediately thought of an old Led Zeppelin song intro when I heard of it (for anyone who is unfamiliar with this classic rock band), below is a YouTube Link to the song: "In the Light" just to listen to for comparison reasons and to also consider how this music can also be integrated with additional types of music effectively.

    Well, that's pretty much it, thanks for the cool music post and I'll be following so that I can gradually expand my music collection with some new stuff, thus, making it more comprehensive
    ! :)

  6. Here is the link: Hope I did it right! lol

    I'm also new to blogging :)

  7. Great tune, thanks posting it for all to enjoy!

  8. Wow! I'm actually probably gonna buy that album after hearing that song.

    Thanks dude!

  9. Reminds me of Brian Eno, and yes i too am holding out hope for the rest of this musical year.

  10. that's a very good review.. im going to check these guys out more now

  11. Damn, that was good. Listened to the whole thing and my mind was blown.

  12. Awesome. Like I've said on other blogs, opening up new music is amazing. Thanks! subbed!

  13. I felt like I was in a movie while listening to that track, is that normal?