Day 90: Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972

29 May

The Piano Drop

Sometimes in life, you have to step back and admit that you’re confused.  That you don’t understand.  That you straight-up don’t get something.  I’m going to have to do that with this post.  Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath, 1972 is too deep for me.

I guess I should have expected as much from a guy whose work has such labels as “drone” and “ambient.”  Think about one of your favorite records for a second.  You know that feedback heavy, distorted intro that goes on for a little too long before the catchy guitar riff on the first song kicks in?  Yeah, that’s what this record is like.  For 52 minutes and 18 seconds.  I kept thinking, “hey, this sounds kind of cool, like something exciting is about to happen.”  The only problem is that the exciting thing never materialized.  It got frustrating after a while.

I only heard about this record because my main man (and stalkee) Gareth Campesinos! posted it on his Tumblr.  Being the creepy and obsessive fan that I am, I had to check it out.  Gareth, I’m sorry bud. I guess you’re just smarter than me.  Or more willing to pretend to like bad music to appear smarter than me. I don’t know.

What I do know is that about halfway through this record, I fell into a trance of sorts.  Maybe that’s what ambient music is supposed to do to you.  If so, maybe this is good ambient music.  And if that is true, I guess ambient music just isn’t for me.  The trance was boring.

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3 Responses to “Day 90: Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972”

  1. Yuanny Dollar June 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    I hope you’ve snapped out of your boring trance. You make one very interesting observation.

    “Gareth, I’m sorry bud. I guess you’re just smarter than me. Or more willing to pretend to like bad music to appear smarter than me. I don’t know.”

    Do you think a lot of critics fall into the trap of saying they like something because they’re unwilling to admit that they don’t understand. I think whole music careers have been built on that sort of acclaim. Sometimes, no one wants to be the one to say the Emperor has no clothes — or that the music just sucks.

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