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Mirages


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alien8 Recording
  • ASIN: B0002WZSD0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The follow-up to 2003's critically acclaimed Radio Amor, Mirages further erodes the vapid predispositions of electronic music, uncovering a terrain where dissonance and melody coincide in a near-bohemian unison.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Almighty Sommy on May 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
At first listen, I was a bit disappointed with this record, since I'm so inclined towards obvious progression from album to album by any artist -- Tim Hecker's style is immediately identifiable (even if he's sick of hearing that "Fennesz with less presence" comparison, it's pretty accurate), and as someone who has only just begun to really immerse himself in ambient, I'm only beginning to pick up on detailed, subtle differences between ambient recordings, and truthfully, the details and subjective aesthetic interpretations are where the differences between this disc and its predecessors lie.

The overall mastering/equalization of Mirages is pretty similar to that of ...Radio Amor, with huge spikes in the midrange frequencies, giving the whole album a warm/foggy quality. Despite this (or maybe even in spite of), the overall feel of the album is darker than that of ...Radio Amor, having nocturnal overtones similar to that of Haunt Me, Haunt Me, Do It Again. These production elements and the overall aesthetic feel coupled with the tendency for more reverb/less presence (the depth and resonance of the production on this disc are absolutely chasm-like) on Hecker's behalf on this particular album call to mind a humid, sleepless summer night.

Mirages ultimately comes off as bittersweet and melancholy through a bit different of an approach than through what Haunt Me... uses -- Hecker's trademark fuzz and glitch work that is so often likened to Fennesz is softened here, separating himself moreso from Fennesz. The result is an album that is more personal, albeit more accessible (Tim Hecker's love of glitch has always been pretty abrasive and abrupt; here it is used more subtley). A highly recommended HEADPHONES album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scoundrel on February 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The distortion and fluttering melodies that marked RADIO AMOR, some of Tim Hecker's best work, make a welcome appearance here on MIRAGES. As a whole, however, MIRAGES also feels slightly less focused than its predecessor. Indeed, the opening track, "Acephale" is almost all shaped distortion before the jittery pianos and backgrounded phone directory of "Neither More Nor Less" emerge. The haunting thrumming continues in "Celestina," but tonal ambience seems to be the focus elsewhere. The sustained sounds of "Aerial Light-Polltion Orange" merges the two in the glow of streetlamps, while "Kaito" stumbles in and out of rhythmical patterns. The final track, "Incurably Optimistic!," with its careful organ, is more contemplative than optimistic, and beautiful nonetheless.
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Format: Audio CD
A more industrial-sounding example of Hecker's work, it freaked out one of my clients and had her asking if the cd player was malfunctioning. I still will sit around doing something random and have this playing. Nice addition to an ambient library.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baba Brooks on December 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite cd to study too. No one around in the past or present has Tim Hecker's sound exactly Fennesz comes pretty damn close but no one really gets past track two or three on "Endless Summer" its too bland compared to this. This is a buzzed out, ambient glitch version of Robert Rich/Lustmord's Stalker CD and anything darker seems to be on the industrial tip. This is definitive ambient music.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ingalls on November 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Not relaxing enough for ambient, no beats so the noise seems irrelevant. Too noisy for me.
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