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Harmony in Ultraviolet

Tim HeckerAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kranky
  • ASIN: B000INAWRK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Harmony in Ultraviolet June 6, 2007
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We all knew that Tim Hecker had it in him--an A-plus after so many A-minuses, an album that fulfills all the promises of the respectively excellent Mirages and Radio Amor. Harmony's unified ambient suite is capable of releasing emotions that you never knew you had, laying the tension on thick and using the beatless format to pulsate, tug and spill over at just the right moments. Beneath the white noise decay and the frightening sound effects (scissors, helicopter blades) lies a deep core of sadness gripped by anxiety, and the unnerving paradox of extreme violence and ultimate serenity. Harmony in Ultraviolet is the soundtrack to the most cathartic 50 minutes of your life, and chronicles the longings of the heart more effectively than any piece of music in recent memory, ambient or otherwise.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utter genius December 8, 2006
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The review by the San Fran guy's pretty much sum it up but I'll add this.

I often think of Hecker's sound as utter desolation, the last days of civilisation. I know in parts it can be uplifting (a few moments in Amour and Haunt Me especially) but for me it's the starkness and atmosphere that seperate it from anything else before.

Remember the Voyager space probe ? Travelling at million miles per day, 9 billion miles from the Sun and racing out of our solar system and into the infinite void of interstellar space ?

Well Harmony in Ultraviolet is it's soundtrack.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Imagine the most beautiful music in the world. Then with an old thrift store camera, take a super grainy snapshot of that music. Fold up the photo and place it in an envelope and mail it to an address that no longer exists. 20 years later, happen upon an old abandoned post office, and discover that letter unopened, but browned with age, remove the photo and place it in your pocket. Lose those pants on a camping trip, only to discover them the next summer, all wadded up in a corner, sprinkled with a years worth of dust and cobwebs. Wash the pants, and only afterwards discover the photo. Prop in up in the window of the cabin to dry, where it sits soaking up the sun for the whole summer. Right before you leave, grab the photo of the most beautiful music in the world and place it in your book to mark your place. Place the book back on your shelf and forget all about it. Move several times over the course of the next several years, finally unpacking a dusty old trunk filled with books. Leaf through several of them, when suddenly the most beautiful music in the world flutters to the floor, dusty and tattered, worn and nearly transparent. Finally, tear it up into tiny pieces and drop them one by one into the speaker of an antique victrola, wind it up and what comes out will be Tim Hecker's Harmony In Ultraviolet.

We often reference Hecker when reviewing records by other practitioners of a similar soundmaking process, but there's something so pure and organic about the way Hecker composes and creates, how he deftly assembles and degrades his sounds and songs and melodies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harmony in Noise and Melody September 10, 2007
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Quite simply, one of the best ambient works ever done. Tim Hecker provides a perfect collison between noise and drone, with all-but forgotten melody lurking beneath surface. The culmination of Hecker's previous works, this piece is all dreamscape with a scratchy, hypnotic vision where the contrast between noise and harmony sound as if it is no contrast at all, but inseparable partners on this intensely emotional voyage.

After hearing this CD, I immediately purchased all of Hecker's works. This is definitely the one where he has perfected his craft. Nearly as good, however, would be Mirages, and Haunt Me. If you like this one, be sure to pick up those two as well.
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i bought it on itunes.
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