Hecker (the one without the “Tim”) explores the nuances of language on upcoming 3LP Chimerization, via Editions Mego

Hecker (the one without the "Tim") explores the nuances of language on upcoming 3LP Chimerization, via Editions Mego

I’m sure you know the feeling. You’re listening to an album, and you’re so caught up in how weird, crazy, and new it all sounds that you can barely form a coherent opinion about it — positive or negative. As my auditory palate has improved over the years, this has become a rarer and rarer occurrence, but I can say without hesitation that one of the last albums to have that effect on me wasn’t released all that long ago; it was 2009’s Acid in the Style of David Tudor (TMT Review) from German computer musician Hecker (first name: Florian). It’s difficult. It’s inaccessible. And at the time, the only reaction that I could muster was a scrunched face and shifting eyes.

Innovation, regardless of where it takes place, sometimes has that effect on people, which is why you should have your face pre-scrunched in preparation for Hecker’s newest release Chimerization, due out November 27 on Editions Mego, in a 3LP bundle.

Why three LPs, you ask? Well, each LP is in a different language — English, German, and Farsi. What’s in a different language, you ask? Well, the album is centered around an “experimental libretto” written by Iranian writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani, specifically at the request of Hecker himself. I had to google it, so I may as well give you the definition here: a “libretto” is the “text of an opera or other long vocal work.” For Chimerization, a group of speakers recited the libretto in “anechoic and sound-attenuated chambers,” which are rooms designed to eliminate reflections of sound — perfect for “psychoacoustic investigations on difficult-to-define areas between language and non-language,” the underlying concept of this release.

Download and/or listen to the entire thing ahead of its release date here. For those struggling to form an opinion, let me assure you, it sounds pretty awesome.

• Hecker: http://florianhecker.blogspot.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com