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850 hecq. chansons de geste. cd. september2k17.


worlds end
home by nights
recital 1
dust & carpets
recital 2
there is always tomorrow

release date: 04september2k17

all tracks written and produced by ben lukas boysen.
engineered, recorded and mastered by martyn heyne at lichte studio berlin.
mastering engineer vinyl: andreas [lupo] lubich at calyx berlin.
artwork & layout by maria sieradzki. photo by stefan alt.
published by erased tapes music.

180g 12'' black vinyl lp. full colour sleeve / printed inner sleeve. matte cardboard.
limited to 323 copies. including a download code.
cd version: 6-panel digipak matte cardboard. upc cd: 821272400325

with 'chansons de geste' ben lukas boysen a.k.a. hecq presents a very personal release, conceived as a memorial and dedication to bygone events and individuals. the basic sources for the eleven haunting tracks were original tape recordings boysen and his family members made decades ago for private use, ranging from piano etudes to classical works by composers like j.s. bach and johannes brahms. it was hecq's intention to restore, to revive and to re-arrange these basic sources for the existing release in a condensed and unusual way. each tape was digitized to hard disc, loops and patches were extracted from this sound pool, and the collection was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. the tapes were taken and played back inside a church where the natural reverb of the location was added and used as the master recording.

musically, 'chansons de geste' is a captivating assemblage of mesmeric ambient works where the natural hissing from the ancient tape recordings interpolate with orchestral classical textures and slight electronic manipulations. the hypnotic loops and dots transfer an atmosphere of grandeur and melancholia to those who are aligned to the album's concept as well as to the unprejudiced listener.

'chansons de geste' is hecq's examination and refurbishment of a rich, touching and important time's distillate - an aural inheritance of activities and events which only remain to exist as a memory. highly recommended.

ben lukas boysen is a sound designer and idm electronic music wizard who works under the hecq moniker. active since the early 2000s, his music has been welcomed and signed by hymen records (an ant-zen sub-label). i discovered his work years ago with the album bad karma (hymen, 2005), and am fond of the way environmentally noisy ambiences are mixed with moody soundscaping textures. this new album demonstrates something quite different aesthetically, exploring infinitely blurry and emotionally compelling mindscapes found of processed, recycled, and altered sounds which give to the ensemble a ghostly cinematic touch. decaying, deep, and minimalist electronic romanticism which explore the subjectivity of time—the feeling of loss and fractured memory. treated samples and found sounds made of orchestral sequences alternate atmospheres of sorrowful grandeur and languid dusty melancholia. chansons de geste is a hauntingly cinematic, plaintive, solemn, reflective, and existential ambient work that will ravish fans of static and expressive drones of william basinski, philip jeck and the caretaker. easily competing as best experimental ambient album of the year, here we have a puzzling and intoxicating sadness in the world of ambient turntablism and hauntology sounds. (philippe blache)

hecq discography. 09.2017:
chansons de geste. cd / lp. hymen records 850 / 416. 2017
night falls. 2lp. hymen records 415. 2016
mare nostrum. cd. hymen records 832, 2015
conversions. cd. ad noiseam adn174. 2014
horror vacui. cd. hymen records 813. 2013
enceladus. 12". ad noiseam adn149. 2012
spheres of fury (w/ exillon). 12". contortion cont001-1. 2011
avenger. cd / boxset. hymen records 792 / 792.2. 2011
sura. 12". ad noiseam adn128. 2010
steeltongued. 2cd. hymen records 772. 2009
golden pines. cdr-ep. binkcrsh bk039m. 2008
night falls. cd. hymen records 767. 2008
zetha. 12". onpa))) onpa003. 2007
0000. cd. hymen records 758. 2007
bad karma. cd. hymen records 748. 2005
scatterheart. cd. hymen records 742. 2004
a dried youth. cd. kaleidoskop kal003. 2003

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