Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Event: MIT Saarinen Chapel

03.12.2011: Performance MIT Chapel

MIT Saarinen Chapel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Building W15
48 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM (ET)

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Release: 2⁄8 Bregman 4⁄8 Deutsch 7⁄8 Hecker 1⁄8 Höller

Presto!? is happy to announce the release of
 ‘28 Bregman 48 Deutsch 78 Hecker 18 Höller’, a double 10” Vinyl set
The title ‘28 Bregman 48 Deutsch 78 Hecker 18 Höller’ indicates the percental inputs of the eight pieces, intertwines practical, theoretical and conceptual proportions and its audible dramatizations
68 of the pieces are untitled, 28 and are titled ‘Gelbgrün’ and ‘UpDown’
88 play on 45 RPM
(press release)

more information here

Monday, 26 September 2011

Release: Kanal GENDYN

Editions Mego is happy to announce the release of 'Kanal GENDYN', a Vinyl and DVD set by Russell Haswell & Florian Hecker, for 15th November 2011. 
This is the first full length release by the artists following their highly acclaimed albums, 'Blackest Ever Black (Electroacoustic UPIC Recordings)' (Warner Classics, 2007), and 'UPIC Warp Tracks' (Warp, 2008) in addition to their remix's of Popol Vuh, and Voice Crack.
In the late 90s, early 2000s, it became common for bands, or solo artists to perform live - often alternative - soundtracks to feature films or silent classics. Critical of obvious instrumentation and the combination with known classic film, the artists Russell Haswell & Florian Hecker chose to create a real-time soundtrack, to an unscored film, 'Kanal Video' (1992, 60 min.) by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli & David Weiss.
Core to Kanal GENDYN is Haswell & Hecker's ongoing research on the legacies of polymath Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001) and in particular his concept of the Dynamic Stochastic Synthesis, an abstract sound synthesis procedure that creates 'sound out of nothing'.
In an interview with Peter Hoffmann, the artists recall: “This video, which consists of an hour long ‘ride’ through the Zurich sewage system, with a remotely controlled maintenance vehicle equipped with a video camera to survey the sewers for eventual irregularities of defects — struck us both as an ideal piece to be projected in a ‘nightclub’ or music venue with a GENDYN only performance. We found twisted relations with such an hour long ‘tunnel vision’. Once with the seemingly endless amount of computer generated video projections used as visuals accompanying raves and techno parties during the 1990’s — and also to the accounts of visual hallucinations induced by Mescaline as described by Heinrich Klüver in the 1920’s — with the so called ‘form constants’ — where he mentions amongst others, ‘tunnel like’ patterns. The particularities of GENDYN, with its ever changing and meandering waveforms appeared to us as an ideal counterpart.”
Kanal GENDYN was performed on the occasion of the event ‘Musterraum 9. Dual Presentation — Peter Fischli & David Weiss — Russell Haswell & Florian Hecker’ at Musterraum, Munich, 30.01.2004. Originally constructed as an experimental building, ‘Musterraum’ — German for sample or reference room — was a freestanding cube with a base area of 10 × 12 meters. Built as a test and reference space for the planning and construction of the adjacent Pinakothek der Moderne.
Two stereo feeds were crossed for quadraphonic (4.0) diffusion using a L&B F12 / B12 loudspeaker system. Performed concurrently to the Peter Fischli & David Weiss, ‘Kanal Video’ (1992, 60 min.) screened on three facing walls.
Kanal GENDYN is released as stereo vinyl LP + 4.0 DTS 24 Bit / 48 KHz DVD (audio only) set. The cover features 10 stills from the original Fischli & Weiss video, included inside is a 30 x 30 cm 170 gramm paper insert with a further, full-page still, plus extensive sleeve notes by musicologist and software developer Peter Hoffmann, and everything was designed by NORM, Zurich.
Its also worth noting that, with a running time of over a hour, this is one of the longest single LP releases you will come across! Cut by Rashad 'the Master' Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, September 2011. 
Vinyl = Kanal GENDYN Stereo [A = 29:53.39] + [B = 32:59.69]
DVD = Kanal GENDYN 4.0 [62:53.10] (AUDIO ONLY)
Recorded and produced by Russell Haswell & Florian Hecker, 2004–2011
Stereo Version mixed by Haswell & Hecker @ CCMIX (Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis), Paris, March 2004
Digitally Mastered by Russell Haswell @ Haswell Studio, Suffolk, England, July 2011
DVD authored by GOP , Köln, September 2011
(press release)

order here

Friday, 9 September 2011

Show: Pandemonium: Art in a Time of Creativity Fever / Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

10.09. - 13.11. 2011: 
Göteborgs Konsthall & various other venues
more information here

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Release: Bregman / Deutsch Chimera - 47 minutes in bifurcated attention

19.07.2011: RADIO WEB MACBA announces the release of 

A high resolution mp3 file and an accompanying PDF are available for download here: 

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Release: Speculative Solution

11.05.2011: Editions Mego and Urbanomic are pleased to announce the release of ‘Speculative Solution’, a CD and book with contributions by Florian Hecker, Elie Ayache, Robin Mackay and Quentin Meillassoux. Originally commissioned by Urbanomic and developed over the last year, this collaborative project brings together Hecker’s sonic practice and psychoacoustic experimentation with philosopher Quentin Meillassoux’s concept of ‘hyperchaos’ – the absolute contingency of the laws of nature.
In an apparent departure from Hecker’s previous release ‘Acid in the Style of David Tudor’ (eMEGO 094, 2009), the four titles featured in ‘Speculative Solution’ contain a series of micro-chronics and sequences of auditory contingencies, ranging from extreme stasis to the most dynamic intensities, crisp dramatisations of what Meillassoux calls in his text ‘extro-science worlds'.
As Mackay states in his contribution to the book, Hecker’s composition “participates in a circuit in which it, the accompanying texts, and diverse other objects, enter into a perpetual catalysis that must annihilate all priority, representation, reference, and even entity.’. Both ‘scripture and prescription’, ‘Speculative Solution’ invites its users to integrate its sonic and textual components, as they enter into an accelerative cycle, becoming “truly ‘literalist’ marks which have no reason to be as they are, and which could have been – and still could be, at every moment – otherwise”. With ‘Speculative Solution’ Hecker proposes that the concepts of absolute contingency and hyperchaos offer a rigorous new alternative to the employment of chance and randomness in avant-garde composition.
It is recommended to listen to ‘Speculative Solution’ on loudspeakers at high volume. Headphone use is not advised. Frequent recitation of the included texts is also indicated.
‘Speculative Solution’, is Hecker’s 13th release with (Editions) Mego. It comes in an embossed, deluxe box with a bilingual (English / French) 160 page book and 5 metal balls (ø 3,969mm). Available only in this format. (press release)

Friday, 18 March 2011

Event: Tate Modern Live: Push and Pull A two-day performance event


18.03.2011 - 19.03.2011: In 1963 Allan Kaprow created the performance environment Push and Pull: A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hoffmann, for which he created two furnished rooms and invited visitors (via a set of instructions) to rearrange the furniture as they saw fit. The artist completed his instructions by stating, ‘Each day things will change’ This idea forms the point of departure for a two-day performance series to explore contemporary theory as dialogue and ways in which it can be communicated in a performance situation.
Participating artists are Gregg Bordowitz, Ruth Buchanan, Andrea Geyer and Josiah McElheny, Melanie Gilligan, Florian Hecker and Mark Leckey, Rabih Mroué, and Sarah Pierce. 
18.03.2011: 20.30 - 21.00: Florian Hecker and Mark Leckey

Tate Modern Level 4
£8 (£6 concessions), booking recommended
Price is per session. A discounted combined ticket for £16 for all three sessions can be bought - please call 020 7887 8888 to book this.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Release: Sun Pandämonium: Deluxe Vinyl Reissue

01.03.2011: Deluxe vinyl reissue of Sun Pandämonium
"The LP is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, in a limited edition of 800 copies, pressed on 140g vinyl and comes in a poly- lined inner sleeve. It is packaged with six monochrome lacquered sheets which are housed in a silk screened PVC sleeve with the original artwork by Tina Frank & Florian Hecker." (press release)

More information at

Friday, 25 February 2011

Event: Vaihe 01, Kiasma, Helsinki

25.02.2011: Vaihe 01: Florian Hecker & Tommi Keränen, 
18h  Kiasma Theatre    
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Mannerheiminaukio 2, FIN-00100
Helsinki, Finland

Friday, 11 February 2011

Event: 11, Ausland Berlin

11.02.2011: Hecker, Alberto De Campo @ 11, Ausland, Berlin. 21h

Saturday, 1 January 2011

PDF: Urbanomic Documents: Conversation with Quentin Meillassoux

                                 Urbanomic Documents aim to expose exploratory, informal processes of transdisciplinary research and development, through working papers, sketches and conversations relating to projects in progress.   
Download Q. Meillassoux / F. Hecker / R. Mackay chez Meillassoux, Paris, 22.7.2010 here