Tim Hecker, Pan American, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Ken Camden Recommended Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Dec. 14, 8:30 p.m. 2013

Sound artist Tim Hecker recorded his newest album, Virgins (Kranky), with live ensembles in Reykjavik, Montreal, and Seattle, but you’d never know three cities were involved—fragmentation due to varying settings and personnel is negligible. That is, there isn’t any. Hecker also traverses a lot of aesthetic ground on Virgins, orchestrating squirming soundscapes in one moment (“Virginal I” is like a thicket of swirling wind chimes just before a storm, backed by a distorted, catastrophic rumble) and summoning a celestial chorus in another (“Radiance”). Hypnotic repetition is the album’s siren song, captivating your attention at least until you get distracted when Hecker piles up creaks, grones, and drones on top of his loops all at once. And he knows how to make fear into a sound: on the chilling “Live Room,” for instance, a smattering of keyboard and tinny percussion acts as a loose framework, even as it’s being annihilated and ravaged by a growling low-end buzz. This concert is part of Kranky Records20th-anniversary celebration, which begins Thu 12/12 at the Empty Bottle, continues Fri 12/13 and Sat 12/14 at Constellation, and ends Sun 12/15 at Lincoln Hall. —Kevin Warwick Pan-American, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and Ken Camden open.

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