Tim Hecker is a Canadian-based musician and sound artist, born in Vancouver. Since 1996, he has produced a range of audio works for Kranky, Alien8, Mille Plateaux, Room40, Force Inc, Staalplaat, and Fat Cat. His works have been described as “structured ambient”, “tectonic colour plates” and “cathedral electronic music”. More to the point, he has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft which is both physical and emotive.
His work has also included commissions for contemporary dance, sound-art installations, minimal techo works under the name ‘Jetone’, as well as various writings. Tim has presented his work in a live setting around the world, including performances at Sonar (Barcelona), Mutek (Montreal), Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Victoriaville (Quebec), Vancouver New Music Festival (Vancouver), and Transmediale (Berlin).
2011 saw the release of his solo album Ravedeath, 1972. The ambitious work was themed around the destruciton of music, and included contributions from Ben Frost. In 2012, he collaborated with Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin on Instrumental Tourist, which featured jazz-inspired improvisations from both producers. The album was the first in a series of collaborations to appear on Software, the label Lopatin ran with another frequent collaborator, Joel Ford.
October 2013 saw the Kranky release of Virgins, a deliberate excursion into live, improvised performance recorded with an ensemble of musicians playing woodwind, piano, and synths.
In 2015 Hecker made his debut on 4AD with Love Streams, which featured vocals by the Icelandic Choir Ensemble with arrangements scored by Johann Johannsson.
John Bence is a young composer and producer from Bristol who radically combines contemporary classical, electro-acoustic music and bass culture. His compositional process incorporates a cyclical technique of scoring, recording, manipulating and re-scoring to create heady, intoxicating ripples of harmony and noise. He released his debut EP ‘Disquiet’ on Nicolas Jaar’s Other People label in 2015. Since then he has performed at prestigious international festivals such as Berlin Atonal and Artefact as well as undertaking a residency at Etopia in Zaragoza.