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Florian Hecker

Chimerization (German)

Label: Editions Mego

Format: Vinyl LP

Genre: Electronic

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**German Edition** Florian Hecker's text-sound piece 'Chimerization' explores the intersection of language and psychoacoustics. Using an "experimental libretto", 'The Snake, the Goat and the Ladder (A board game for playing chimera)' written by Iranian writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani, recited by speakers in Farsi, English, and German, and recorded in anechoic chambers - rooms with practically no sound reflection - Hecker challenges our perception of the speaker's voice through its decomposition by processes of synthesis with incompatible modalities. Divorcing the voice from its characteristic formants - its unique acoustic resonance - opens up a unique space, a difficult-to-define area of nearly incomprehensible garble exploring the space between language and non-language, the corporeal and the computerised, beckoning us to to try and unscramble their frequencies as they buckle, diffuse and warp with absolute unpredictability. Well, that's what we make of from the promotional text and a few listens, anyway. It's a bit of a headf*ck in the finest sense of Hecker's oeuvre; a visceral and riveting desynchronisation of our perception of one of the most common sounds known to humanity, in turn providing auditive thrills of a genuinely rarified sort. Highly recommended.

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Cat. number: EMEGO 154LP
Year: 2012

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