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Out Now. Ex­pe­ri­en­tial com­poser Tim Hecker’s ninth of­fi­cial ful­l­length, Konoyo (“the world over here”) was largely recorded dur­ing sev­eral trips to Ja­pan where he col­lab­o­rated with mem­bers of the Ga­gaku en­sem­ble Tokyo Gakuso, in a tem­ple on the out­skirts of Tokyo. In­spired by con­ver­sa­tions with a re­cently de­ceased friend about neg­a­tive space and a sense of mu­sic’s in­creas­ingly ba­nal den­sity, Hecker found him­self drawn to­wards re­straint and el­e­gance, while mak­ing mu­sic both col­lec­tively and alone. As with the Ice­landic choir he ar­ranged on 2016’s Love Streams, the heights of Hecker’s ta­lent emerge in his ma­nip­u­la­tion of source ma­te­rial, bend­ing and bur­nish­ing it into fan­tas­ti­cal new forms. Keen­ing strings are stretched into sur­real, pix­e­lated mi­rages; wood­winds war­ble and dis­si­pate as frac­tal whis­pers of spa­tial haze; sparse ges­tures of per­cus­sion are chopped, iso­lated, and eroded, like dis­em­bod­ied sig­nals from the af­ter­life.

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