Monday, 4 December 2006

Release: Recordings for Rephlex

04/12/2006 Rephlex releases Hecker's latest full lenght solo album, titled "Recordings for Rephlex" (#: CAT 181 CD)

Hénon Map & Gingerbread Man (Linear Edit) (6:26)
Pulsar Wg'lett (3:46)
Precedence (4:17)
Acid 245; Ph.Inv 9T2 (5:38)
C 04 05 I_μdd (5:02)
4G5EQ 9482592426.7531 (0:55)
In Actu (Create 7.1 Edit) (12:21)
Wippi (2:53)

Comments & Reviews:
Jaka - 31-Dec-06 01:08 AM
I have collected "electronic music" since early 1991 and now have over 4000 records and cds, just in this category. From Xenakis to Autechre - I listen to everything electronic that I can get my hands on. I also own nearly every release that Rephlex has produced thus far. I felt the need to preface this comment with that information because I believe this to be the single most pointless "thing" that Rephlex has yet released (topping Lektrogirl with EASE!). It's not music, by any means. You could call it "experimentation", if you like to experiment with ramming sewing needles in your ears while machines bleep and blare aimlessly around you at deafening levels. I honestly did not find ONE second of this release to be enjoyable. Ya know those "noise" tracks on the AFX Men releases? Extend that silliness over 35 minutes or so and you'll be getting close. There's a bit more variety to these tracks, but they're still ear splitting nonsensical noise. Now, if this is your thing, great! You should pick this up with a quickness. But if you're looking for some good old-fashioned Braindance, this ain't it.

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Saturday, 25 November 2006

Show: Lenbach Haus, Munich

'Asynchronous Jitter', a 4 Channel Sound Piece with a 15 Channel computer controlled spatialisation system, will be featured within Cerith Wyn Evans's Solo Exhibition in the Lenbachhaus, Munich.

25.11.2006 – 25.2.2007

Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus
Luisenstraße 33
80333 München

Software Development: Alberto de Campo
Photo: Peter Derbsch

Friday, 10 November 2006

Show: MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

A collaboration between Jennifer Lacey and Florian Hecker
as part of "Wieder und wider: performance appropriated".

Freitag 10.11. 2006– Sonntag 12. 11. 2006 - 14.00 h , 15.30 h, 17.00 Uhr

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Museumsplatz 1
A-1070 Wien

Tuesday, 24 October 2006

Release: Split 10"

24/10/2006 Rephlex releases a Hecker / Voafose split 10" Vinyl
(#: KIT 001)

Saturday, 21 October 2006

Performance: Lampo


LAMPO - 2116 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Ill.
Admission open to all ages

Questions? Or to become a Lampo member:

Monday, 16 October 2006

Published On-line Gallery: UPIC Diffusion Session #4. 16.10.06


Haswell & Hecker feature in a on-line photo-set of the Frieze Music event at the London Hippodrome, proving Haswell & Hecker did appear in the audience using the front of house MIDAS desk to diffuse their set. Thats why they didn't appear on-stage. Also note their laser and ring of strobes! + obviously the hooded man pics are Sunn 0)))

Sunday, 1 October 2006

Release: Une exposition à Marseille

01/10/2006: 'Precedence' is included on the DVD accompanying the Carsten Höller's artist book "One Day One Day / Une exposition à Marseille". The DVD contains two versions, slighly different to the version featured on "Recordings for Rephlex"

CARSTEN HÖLLER. One Day One Day. Färgfabriken Stockholm 2003 / Une exposition a Marseille (mac) Marseille 2004-2005. Text by Jan Anam & Nathalie Ergino. Köln 2006. 96 S. mit 79 (73 farb. ganzseit.) Abb., Ppbd. - Mit 2 DVDs - Text in engl. & franz. Sprache. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

Saturday, 30 September 2006

Published Article: HASWELL & HECKER CD booklet text: Deutsche Grammophon Recomposed by Jimi Tenor _.09.06


Russell Haswell & Florian Hecker contributed the booklet text for Deutsche Grammophon Recomposed by Jimi Tenor CD which has just been released on Deutsche Grammophon and includes versions of the major work of Steve Reich, Edgar Varèse, Pierre Boulez, Erik Satie etc...

Friday, 14 July 2006

Show / Release: Hijmans van den Bergh-building, University of Utrecht

Permanent installation of a neural network driven particle based sound piece in the
Hijmans van den Bergh-building, University of Utrecht, Netherlands.

A.A. Hijmans van den Berghgebouw
Universiteitsweg 98
3584 CG Utrecht

In a panel discussion at the International Computer Music Conference 1992 in Delphi, Iannis Xenakis stated:
"The point is that I don't need to try with computers to imitate this sound that exists already. You don't need that. What is interesting is to explore other paths or ways or sounds or even evolutions of sounds that have never been done or realized, and that is the interesting point."

The sound piece is based on a generative composition process running on a computer. The generative process is based on cellular automata driven neural networks which control several sound synthesis and processing algorithms. The neural networks are educated by the composer to produce desired output.

"These artificial neural networks are advantageous, especially in pattern recognition and classification tasks. Artificial neural networks are usually applied to tasks that are generally easy for humans to accomplish, but difficult for traditional computers. Traditional computers remain superior to neural networks in many situations, but neural networks are dominant in recognizing patterns in extremely large data sets. With the ability to learn from a set of examples and generalize this knowledge to new situations, neural networks are excellent for work requiring adaptive control systems."

The sound generation is created with a customized version of SuperCollider (see Software Links) and is running on GNU/Linux based operating system using a regular server computer (see Default Hardware). Just like clouds in the sky, sonic particles will accumulate and dissolve constantly to create an ever changing sound structure in the building. Oscillating between the constant light of the neon work and the pseudo endless light sequence of the chandelier, the generative sound piece is the third, almost holographic link between these different time-scales in light, and ultimately in sound.

Besides the range of deliberately determined structures of the sound piece, the neural network will be educated by my practice in 'doing' live electronic music, and installed at the university create music in 'the style of me'.

Software Development: Tommi R. Keränen

Friday, 30 June 2006

Show: CCB Lisboa

30/06/06: Angela Bulloch's "The Disenchanted Forest x 10001"
featuring a 7 channel Electronic Music Soundtrack by Florian Hecker
as part of the exhibition: Collection Helga de Alvear;
Conceitos para Uma Colecçao

Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa, Portugal.

30.06. - 22.10.2006

Centro Cultural de Belém
Praça do Império,
1499 - 003 Lisboa
Tel: + 351-213.3612400
Daily 10-19

Wednesday, 21 June 2006

Show: ARC/Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

'Asynchronous Jitter', a 4 Channel Sound Piece with a 15 Channel computer controlled spatialisation system, will be premiered within Cerith Wyn Evans's Solo Exhibition " …in which something happens all over again for the very first time*"

09.06. - 17.09.2006

ARC/Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris

Software Development: Alberto de Campo
Photo: Marc Domage

Tuesday, 30 May 2006

Published Article: frieze magazine. _.04.06

frieze magazine Issue 98 April 2006 pages 39-40
Seen and Heard: Russell Haswell and Florian Hecker unleash the potential of Iannis Xenakis’ UPIC sound system by Dan Fox. A text-only version can be found at

Monday, 29 May 2006

Published Article: HASWELL & HECKER mini interview. _.5.06

A mini interview with HASWELL & HECKER is published in MAY issue of COMPUTER MUSIC Magazine (UK) on page 71 as part of a Sonic Art feature entitled 'The Art of Noise'!

Friday, 14 April 2006

Spheres of Interest Symposium: Florian Hecker, Curtis Roads, Yasunao Tone

14.04.2006: Florian Hecker, Curtis Roads, Yasunao Tone

Friday, 14 April at 5:00pm
Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street campus
Free and open to the public

San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco 94133

Saturday, 1 April 2006

Release: Live @ ZKM

01/04/2006 Tochnit Aleph releases Hecker Live @ ZKM on Cassette.

Live @ ZKM (43:13)
Standard Map & Cusp Map (Binaural Mix) (10:13)

Track 1 recorded with Neumann KM 100 microphones direct to DAT at the ZKM Medientheater on 28.04.2005.
Mastered @ Skye Mastering.
File under: mean & abstract contemporary lsd computer-music.
First Edition of 62 copies. Second Edition of 38 copies.

Wednesday, 1 March 2006

Release: Electronic Music Soundtrack For 'The Disenchanted Forest X 1001' By Angela Bulloch

01/03/2006 Editions Mego releases "Electronic Music Soundtrack For 'The Disenchanted Forest X 1001' By Angela Bulloch" DoCD in Super Jewel Case.


Disc One: Stereo Mix
Disc Two: Virtual Binaural Mix

Total Time: 01:42:00

Produced by Florian Hecker

Stereo Mix recorded with a Neumann RSM 191 Microphone direct to Harddisc at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin on 01.10. 2005 by Lupo / Acoustic - Interface
Virtual Binaural Rendering by Alberto de Campo
Mastered by Lupo @ Dubplates and Mastering

Photography: Carsten Eisfeld
Graphic Design: Tina Frank

Florian Hecker's Electronic Music Soundtrack for Angela Bulloch's "The Disenchanted Forest x 1001", has already been described as 'irritating' by The Guardian after its showing at the Tate Triennial 2006 in London. However, this double CD contains some of his most accessible works to date, while at the same time being far more experimental than the pieces found on "Sun Pandämonium" (MEGO 044) or his collaboration with Yasunao Tone, "Palimpsest" (MEGO 060).
Comprising of a "Stereo Mix" and a "Virtual Binaural Mix", 1000's of minute pockets of sound spring from all corners creating a mindful experience. The "Virtual Binaural Mix" rendered by Hecker's long time collaborator, the Composer and Software Engineer Alberto de Campo offers a hypnotizing, yet spatially disorientating version of the original seven channel piece. For Headphone use.
"The Disenchanted Forest x 1001" is a complex sound, light and architectural installation consisting of a suspended ceiling, a raised floor, a web of luminescent string, a found text describing the method to place numbers on trees, four different kinds of posters which give views into other optical worlds, a stack of posters on a europallet held down by a plate dispenser, a hammer, a wooden stick to extend the length of an arm and several nails. Furthermore, on a straight line, all the way around the perimeter of the room, are aluminum numbering plates from 1 - 1001. These plates are normally used to number trees along the avenues of cities in Germany but here the individual plates are nailed directly to the wall and spotlit by an occasionally revolving pistol lamp hanging from the suspended ceiling. The different light sources within the installation shift and change according to a sequenced program which is not in synch with the soundtrack. The seven channel electronic music soundtrack was composed by Florian Hecker, commissioned by Angela Bulloch especially for this work. Six of the sound channels are audible in separate localized areas within the installation between the suspended ceiling and the floor. The seventh sound channel is audible throughout the room. The installation was first shown at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, on the occasion of the, Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst 2005, 01.09.2005 - 15.10.2005; followed by the Tate Triennial, curated by Beatrix Ruf, Tate Britain, London, 01.03.2006 - 14.05.2006. (Presstext)

Show: Tate Britain, London

01/03/2006: Angela Bulloch's "The Disenchanted Forest x 10001"
featuring a 7 channel Electronic Music Soundtrack by Florian Hecker
as part of the Tate Triennal 2006 at Tate Britain, London.

01/03/2006 - 14/05/2006

Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG

Photo: Carsten Eisfeld