Sunday, 21 November 2021


Equitable Vitrines Presents Florian Hecker: Resynthesizers 

November 21, 2021 – March 13, 2022

Fitzpatrick-Leland House

8078 Woodrow Wilson Dr, 

Los Angeles, CA 90046

Opening Reception

November 21, 2021; 3 – 5 PM

The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT)

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Friday, 9 July 2021

Synopsis Seriation: A computer music piece made with time-frequency scattering and information geometry

09 July 2021: Synopsis Seriation: A computer music piece made with time-frequency scattering and information geometry is part of Journées d'Informatique Musicale 2021.

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Thursday, 1 April 2021

SOUND EFFECTS – Ina Blom on the art of Florian Hecker

 01 April 2021: SOUND EFFECTS – Ina Blom on the art of Florian Hecker in Artforum April 2021

Friday, 5 March 2021

Release: Synopsis Seriation

05 March 2021: Synopsis Seriation is released via Editions Mego as 2xCD and digital download.

While you enjoy the colour of Les Andelys, I see the Seine. An almost indefinable grey sea, even in the strongest sunshine under a blue sky.

— Georges Seurat to Paul Signac, 25 June 1886*

Synopsis Seriation, Hecker's latest release with Editions Mego, draws upon current research in machine listening and music information retrieval, where the 'ghosts in the machine' are unsupervised, engineered operators designed to extract auditory features from a signal. The album advances a general research programme Hecker initiated through various projects. In A Script for Machine Synthesis (EMEGO 226, 2017), the third chapter in the trilogy of text-sound pieces in collaboration with Reza Negarestani, both a resynthesized and a computer-generated voice modelled after the narrators voice, reflect on systems of language, automatons and chimerized synthesis. Articulação Sintetico (EMEGO 180C, 2017) — a complete resynthesis of Articulação (EMEGO 180, 2014) — features synthetic voice models of Joan La Barbara, Sugata Bose and Anna Kohler. Central to Inspection II (EMEGO 268 / UF047, 2019) is a bespoke computer-generated voice, reciting Robin Mackay's libretto — by means of deep neural networks and machine listening computation, perpetually crossing formal anticipations of sound analysis to the unexpected artefacts of synthesis2. 

Synopsis Seriation does away with such staging of computer-generated speech. It dramatises synthetic sound in all its unnameable intensities and detail by transforming four multichannel pieces Hecker produced since 2015. These have been analysed, dissected and reconstructed utilising information geometry, a subfield of mathematics at the interaction between statistics and differential geometry, designed by Vincent Lostanlen. Similarities and logical segmentation, partly accessible to the human listener, partially exclusive to virtual listening agents, open a dialogue with these spectral operators. Moving between analysis and synthesis, they render audible their intelligence signature, the signal trace of their nonhuman brain-ear, between discriminative and generative models. This newly seriated arrangement of Synopsis Seriation further abstracts and detours the appearance of specific motifs, sequences and characters, into a hallucinatory gaze. Remembrance of what has just been heard, in which formulation and mode of synthesis continually navigate between sensible and highly formulated registers. Resembling George Seurat's perception of the Seine, Synopsis Seriation is a streamlined, structured whole. Yet, by embracing time, succession, and sound as an immaterial, its multitude of auditory perspectives and encoded logic challenges a traditional synoptical overview of analytical architecture and resynthesized sensation.

1 Quoted in: Éric Alliez. The Brain-Eye: New Histories of Modern Painting. Trans. Robin Mackay. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.

2 For further detail see: Hecker, F and Mackay, R. (2021) 'Synthetic Listening', in Bonnet, F. (ed.) Spectres #03 Ghost in The Machine. Paris: INA GRM / Shelter Press, forthcoming.

Disc 1: 72min00sec

Disc 2: 69min31sec

Total duration: 141min31sec

Written and produced by Florian Hecker, 2015–2020

Information geometry and sound computation by Vincent Lostanlen

Seriation Input

  • Formulation (2015)
  • Formulation DBM Self (2015–2017)
  • Formulation As Texture [hcross] (2017)
  • Formulation Chim 111 [hcross] (2017)

Scattergrams of seriation input, seriated output and process diagrams: Vincent Lostanlen

Correlation matrices of seriation input: Axel Röbel

Graphic Design: Norm, Zurich

Mastering: Rashad Becker

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Friday, 18 December 2020

Release: Statistique Synthétique

18 December 2020: Statistique Synthétique is released via GRM Portraits in association with Editions Mego as vinyl and digital download.

Statistique Synthétique draws as much from the history of computer sound synthesis as from its latest developments. But well beyond developing simply as a proof of concept, this piece aims to transcend the abstract status of synthetic sound objects and lead them to a properly hallucinatory state, that is to say to a meeting point where the object and perception dissolve into each other, in a sort of transcendental field. Beyond, also, hylomorphism, to reach the world of matter-form fusions, where perception knows how to see “shoulders of hills”, as Cézanne wrote. François Bonnet

Computer-generated sound with resynthesized situated texture recordings

Written and produced by Florian Hecker, 2019 - 2020; Texture analysis and resynthesis algorithm: Axel Röbel, Analysis/Synthesis Team, IRCAM, Paris; Mastered by Rashad Becker; Photo by Mauricio Guillén, 2019; Sleeve design by Stephen O’Malley; Thanks to Axel Röbel for his commitment to the project and special appreciation to GRM, Luke Fowler, Mauricio Guillén, Dirk Mayer and Porta33.

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Release: cd_slopper pfanscotcoe

18 December 2020: cd_slopper pfanscotcoe is released via SUPERPANG – digital download

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Audiosphere - Sound Experimentation 1980-2020

14 October, 2020 - 11 January, 2021: Audiosphere - Sound Experimentation 1980-2020

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

more information here

Saturday, 19 October 2019

SynAsTex Korrektur - Deep Blue, Vancouver

19 October 2019: SynAsTex Korrektur at Deep Blue, Vancouver

more information here

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Event: Hecker, Roads, Senni – Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan

4 October 2019: Hecker / Roads / Senni @ Positive Feedback, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan

Via Chiese 2
20126 Milan

more information here

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Release: Inspection II

27 September 2019: Masochism is cruel because, in subverting the model, it imposes it with exaggerated severity… — Amy Ireland. Editions Mego and Urbanomic release Inspection II - CD and digital download.

CD, jewel case, white tray, 16-page booklet

Written and produced by Florian Hecker, 2016–17

Libretto Robin Mackay
Scattering Transform Algorithm and Sound Computation Vincent Lostanlen
Sequencing Alberto de Campo
Synthetic Voice Christophe Veaux, CSTR, The University of Edinburgh
Liner Notes Amy Ireland
Graphic Design NORM, Zurich
Mastering Rashad Becker

ISBN 978-1-913029-71-5

Monday, 2 September 2019

The Shape of RemiXXXes to Come: Audio Texture Synthesis with Time–frequency Scattering – DAFx 2019

2 September 2019: Vincent Lostanlen & Florian Hecker: The Shape of RemiXXXes to Come: Audio Texture Synthesis with Time-frequency Scattering at DAFx 2019, the 22nd International Conference on Digital Audio Effects, Birmingham, UK

Friday, 31 May 2019

Statistique Synthétique aux Épaules de Cascade - (Projet GRM) – Maison de la Radio, Paris

31 May 2019: Statistique Synthétique aux Épaules de Cascade - (Projet GRM)

Création, commande INA GRM

Analyse de texture, algorithme de resynthèse et calcul sonore : Axel Röbel, équipe analyse/synthèse, IRCAM, Paris; Système de spatialisation : Alberto de Campo

Maison de la Radio - Studio 104

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Synthetic Statistics – Porta33

25 May - 10 August 2019: Florian Hecker - Synthetic Statistics

Inauguração: Sábado 25 Maio 2019 — 18h

Seguida de uma conversa com Robin Mackay, Michael Newman e Miguel Wandschneider

Rua do Quebra Costas 33 
9000-034 Funchal 

more information here

Halluzination, Perspektive, Synthese

23 May 2019: Florian Hecker – Halluzination, Perspektive, Synthese

Edited by Vanessa Joan Müller 
Texts by Matthew Fuller, Vincent Lostanlen, Vanessa Joan Müller, Michael Newman, Axel Röbel, Magnus Schaefer 

Sternberg Press, Berlin, copublished with Kunsthalle Wien   
Design by NORM, Zurich 

24 x 32 cm, 384 pages, 2 b/w and 44 color ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-471-1

more information here

Friday, 22 February 2019


23.12.2018/20.02.2019: 1935 as part of Technosphere Magazine

access here

Monday, 11 February 2019

Passages, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi

16 February – 21 April 2019: Passages: Luke Fowler, Florian Hecker, Susan Philipsz

Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi
Victoria University of Wellington
Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
New Zealand

more information here

Monday, 24 December 2018

SynAsTex Korrektur - Scuola di Ingegneria e Architettura, Bologna

31 January 2019: Xing presents in the frame of ART CITY Bologna 2019 and ARTE FIERA: the première of SynAsTex Korrektur, a computer-generated, 9-channel sound piece in the monumental atrium of the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna.

Thursday 31 January 7.30pm

Friday 1 February 12pm; 7.30pm; 9.30pm

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna 
Scuola di Ingegneria e Architettura
Viale del Risorgimento 2 

more information here: 

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Monday, 15 October 2018

Synopsis As Texture - Donaueschinger Musiktage

20.10.2018: Synopsis As Texture für Computer und Frei Systemtechnik Filterbank (2018) 

Uraufführung / Kompositionsauftrag des SWR

14h & 18h
78166 Donaueschingen

more info here

Monday, 6 August 2018

Synposis / Seriation - CU Art Museum, Boulder

6 September - 22 December 2018: Synposis / Seriation

University of Colorado Art Museum
1085 18th St
Boulder, CO 80309

more information here

Friday, 20 July 2018

Release: XAllegroX (Hecker Scattering.m Sequence)

20 July 2018: XAllegroX (Hecker Scattering.m Sequence) as part of Lorenzo Senni's The Shape Of RemixXxes To Come has been published by Warp Records. Cat. No. WAP425 12" Vinyl & Download

more information, purchase and streaming here

Monday, 27 November 2017

Halluzination, Perspektive, Synthese - Kunsthalle Wien

17 November 2017 - 14 January 2018: Halluzination, Perspektive, Synthese 

Kunsthalle Wien 
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna

more information here

Monday, 31 July 2017

Synopsis PDF

31 July 2017: A digital publication including an essay by the artist and filmmaker Luke Fowler, installation photography and full production credits is now available to download:

ISBN 978–0–90–616998–8 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Synopsis, Tramway, Glasgow

26th May - 30th July 2017: Synopsis

25 Albert Drive
Glasgow, G41 2PE

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Event: Formulation As Texture, IRCAM Live, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

18 March 2017: Premiere of Formulation As Texture at IRCAM Live, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Samedi 18 mars 2017, 20h30
Centre Pompidou
Grande salle

more information here 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Inspection II - Andquestionmark

16 March 2017: A series of projections is presented, accompanied by clinical observations. Next. Replicate non-trivial traits. Next. Andquestionmark presents the new work “Inspection II” by acclaimed composer and sound experimentalist Florian Hecker. Next. Hecker’s pluriphonic composition uses computer-generated sound and a synthetic voice. Next. Mackay libretto. Next. Original sound material is algorithmically reconstructed, the specificity of the timbre explored and reprocessed. Next. If the materiality of a sound changes, is it still the same? If the cells of your body change, are you still the same? Next. The title “Inspection II” refers to the attempt to look inside introspectively, while acknowledging that by watching something, we change it. If we cannot capture anything in a definite way, what’s the minimum you need to understand? Next. Listening is a constructive act, and as listener you are part of the creation of the sonic fabric. Next. Hecker’s work is unsaturated. Starting out as a dialogical machine-machine interplay, the sound disintegrates from recognisable speech to more and more abstract sounds masking each other, concluding in noise absent of a signal. Nex… (press text)

Stefanie Hessler & Carsten Höller
Roslagsgatan 60
11354 Stockholm

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Broadcast: Tapage Nocturne

06.03.2017: L'invité du jour : Florian Hecker 

listen to the podcast here or download here

Friday, 24 February 2017

Release: A Script for Machine Synthesis

24 February 2017: Editions Mego releases A Script for Machine Synthesis - CD and digital download. "The latest work from Florian Hecker A Script for Machine Synthesis is an experimental auditory drama and a model of abstraction. A Script for Machine Synthesis presents a complex simplicity that spirals in an unending manner as an audio image of the uncanny valley. It is the third chapter in the trilogy of text-sound pieces Hecker has collaborated with the philosopher Reza Negarestani. A resynthesized voice outlines procedure as procedure itself unfolds. The suggestive encounter with a pink ice cube is a conceptual point of departure for a scene in which linguistic chimeras of descriptors are materialized through synthetic trophies, mental props and auditory objects.Hecker presents a synthesis of the gap in the valley which we almost know. The motifs Hecker has staged in the last decade, the text, the sound, the scent, the obelisk, the demon, the self, the other all appear throughout in a thorough, rigid and formal exploration.Exeunt all human actors, A Script for Machine Synthesis is an experiment in putting synthetic emptiness back into synthetic thought." (press release)

full credits
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Release: Articulação Sintetico

24 February 2017: "Editions Mego is proud to release Articulação Sintetico - a complete resynthesis of Hecker’s 2014 Editions Mego album Articulação. A meticulous reconstruction and transfer of qualities, Articulação Sintetico features synthetic voice models of Joan La Barbara, Sugata Bose and Anna Kohler, a DBM sparse replica of non speech content and a scattering transform of Modulator (... meaningless, affectless, out of nothing ...). Uncanny Valley 2.0.

1. Synthetic Hinge ✳ (23:21)
2. Modulator (Scattering Transform) + (29:08)
3. Synthetic Hinge ✳✳ (23:54)

Written and produced by Florian Hecker, 2014 - 2017.
Text “Nature, its man and his goat (Enigmata of natural and cultural chimeras)” by Reza Negarestani. Auditory Chimera Software by Bertrand Delgutte with Jayaganesh Swaminathan ✳✳; Pointillistic Speech Toolkit by Gerald Kidd, Timothy Streeter, Antje Ihlefeld, Ross Maddox and Christine Mason ✳/✳✳; Asymmetric Sample Replacement Algorithm by Tommi Keränen ✳; Synthetic Voices designed by Rob Clark* Christophe Veaux ✳✳, Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh; DBM Sparse Decomposition Algorithm by Bob Sturm ✳✳; Scattering Transform Algorithm by Vincent Lostanlen +. Graphic Design: NORM, Zurich"
(press release)

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Event: A Script for Machine Synthesis / Articulação Sintetico, rhiz, Vienna

28 February 2017:  A Script for Machine Synthesis / Articulação Sintetico release party • TTS002

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rhiz - bar modern
U-Bahnbogen 37
1080 Vienna

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

FAVN, GoN, Moscow

20 - 27 February 2017: FAVN is part of geometry of now at GES2, Moscow
more information and performance times of FAVN here and here 

Monday, 12 December 2016

Formulations Publication

12 December 2016: 
Formulations is a trans-disciplinary collection of responses to the work of Florian Hecker, published to complement his major solo show at Culturgest, Porto, Portugal, September–December 2015 and MMK, Frankfurt, Nov 2016–Feb 2017. The exhibition brings together works by Hecker from 2006–present.

Both abstract and material, Hecker’s approach to his works is informed by the technical manipulation of sound and, increasingly, other media; yet in their realisation as installation or performance, the works produce rich subjective sensory experiences that evade categorisation. Their computational composition makes the works ‘virtual’ in a certain sense, yet experience of their manifestation is profoundly material, even physical. The works propose new experimental forms yet contain references to histories of conceptual art, minimalism, and performance. Viscerally disturbing, high-volume performances can be the product of austere conceptualisations. All of these qualities prevent the works from being exhaustively described by any one disciplinary approach.The book meshes together a number of different approaches to the work and to its significance for contemporary culture. 

Contributions by Éric Alliez, Ina Blom, François J. Bonnet, Gabriel Catren, Diedrich Diederichsen, Christopher Haworth, Robin Mackay, Sarat Maharaj, Reza Negarestani, Michael Newman and Fernando Zalamea address the work along three major conceptual axes of Synthesis, Perspective, and Hallucination.

Editor Robin Mackay (Urbanomic, UK, editor of Collapse: Journal of Philosophical Research and Development) together with designers NORM (Zurich) have developed a unique editorial and typographic model which responds formally to the content matter. The contributions will be arranged according to an experimental process of ‘interpolation’, with fragmentary anticipations and echoes distributing each text across the entire volume, relaying some of the synthetic processes of Hecker’s work and making the whole more than the sum of its parts: a many-voiced chimera and a series of ‘refrains’ or ‘repetitions’.

While the authors’ contributions come from various perspectives and with different concerns, parts of each text will be typographically ‘glued’ into the others, highlighting continuities across the texts and encouraging the reader to piece together a global view of the conceptual space opened up by Hecker’s work—in the same way as, in the work itself, the audience is compelled to piece together fragmented perceptions, cognitively participating in the very production of the work. This formal innovation will also be echoed in the format, with the texts wrappring around or looping from last to first page, making for a book with no formal beginning or end, in which heterogeneous materials and divergent perspectives circulate and, with the participation of the reader, enter into new synthetic dialogues with one other.

more information here and here 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Event: Inspection, BBC Radio 3

3 December 2016: A special live edition of BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now in Maida Vale Studio 3 featuring "Inspection - Maida Vale Project", a major new electroacoustic work for multi-channel surround sound. Hecker’s work has been commissioned for Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating 70 years of pioneering sound since the founding of the Third Programme. In partnership with BBC Research and Development, it will be broadcast in live binaural sound.

** Please note this is a standing audience **

Admission to this recording is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early.

BBC iPlayer link and more information here