Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
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Based on 17 reviews
2011 Ratings: #15 / 998
Year End Rank: #32
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2011 Ratings: #13
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It's certainly among his most concentrated and well crafted works - the best since Harmony In Ultraviolet and arguably the most successful of them all.

No Ripcord

The record is awash with the feeling of isolation and teaming with crushing amplified annihilation.


The notion of music as a cheapened, battered object, touches nearly every aspect of Ravedeath, 1972, a dark and often claustrophobic record that is arguably Hecker's finest work to date.


Ravedeath, 1972 is so amorphous and ungraspable this way that it ranks as Hecker’s most disorienting record, and therefore, perhaps, his scariest.

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Edit (score 99 > 100): It feels stupid even giving this a 99 and not 100 considering I listen to this album now almost daily to fall asleep. Why is this album perfect? For me, it completely transports me to another world effortlessly every time. This is one of the most sonically satisfying ambient albums I have ever heard. From the moment it starts to the moment it ends, I feel like it is trying to tell me something. The ethereal atmosphere of this project is unmatched, and could ... read more
In November 1972, a group of MIT students decided, without any foundation, to throw a piano from the top of a building. The photos and videos are responsible for immortalizing this event. Decades later, Tim Hecker is left with a picture of this action in his hands. The snapshot freezing time for immortality then awakens the composer. The Canadian has always needed a revelation to lead to the design. "Ravedeath, 1972" is an experience that is lived. We are enveloped by a vaporous ... read more
2011 ✅

You ever just have a day where you want to scream after talking with anybody?

That was my day today, and along with it, I also got to experience Tim Hecker perfectly translate that into sound. Tim utilizes a very subtle and uncompromising approach in his ambient works on Ravedeath and it comes off very abrasive at times. This sound, coupled with some mellower tracks in the list, make for the perfect soundtrack to a day of mood swings and unsettling encounters.

Just off the ... read more
[Genre: Drone]

When reviewing ambient or drone music, I usually see myself resorting to the same phrases all the time, like "It feels like I'm floating in space" or literally anything along the lines of floating; and while I do mean that for a lot of albums it's rare that I find an album in the same vain so different and so challenging at the same time. The closest example I can think of is Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never. But what Tim Hecker does in Ravedeath, 1972 is he creates a ... read more
Ok what this is so good.
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