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Florian Hecker and Mark Leckey release new album

Called Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, Florian Hecker and Mark Leckey’s new LP is rooted in a 2011 performance event at London’s Tate Modern of the same title. In its original installation context, Hecker deconstructed the vocal track of a Mark Leckey piece, GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction, on which the artist intoned the monologue of a refrigerator and patched it together with an earlier installation, 3 Channel Chronics. The resulting installation was a hybrid of Leckey’s monologues and Hecker’s sonic structures. Each side of the LP version features a single sound channel of the installation, with fragments of Leckey’s voice emerging from and submerging into Hecker’s dense electronic structures. A third channel of the installation is available as a download.

The collaboration is another iteration of Hecker’s recent Chimera series, where he subjects spoken texts from writers such as Reza Negarestani, Stefan Helmreich and Catherine Wood to extreme electronic manipulation, while much of Mark Leckey’s recent work has taken sound systems as an inspiration. Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera will be released by Pan in March.