Spectral Hypnosis: Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never, Seattle’s Stenskogen

SPECTRAL HYPNOSIS is a recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. This post highlights the exciting new project from Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin and a track from Seattle’s relatively unknown Stenskogen.


Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin

Opening track “Instrumental Tourist” comes from Tim Hecker‘s collaboration with Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never for the ambient electronic collaboration of the year! It is the first project under SSTUDIOS (Software Studio Series), where Software Recording Co. will be inviting electronic musicians to collaborate with one another. In this case, most of the works were spontaneous creations with little forethought. Get ready to take a tour around, where analog and digital sounds are thrown into a confusing and inseparable mix.

More details on the release in the full post, along with full tracklisting.


Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin (cont’d)


With a deliberate focus on source material of a synthetic and mimetic nature, Hecker and Lopatin designed a sound palette from the acoustic resonance of digitally-sourced “Instruments of the World.” The intrepid cowboy sound-voyager was inverted, forging a synthesis with the Ecstatic Other; digested exotic instrumentation fuel the tepid journeys of a sampler tourist. Instead of leaning heavily on the proverbial Malian time signature’s sublime truth, Instrumental Tourist pictures the synthetic veneer of exoticism as pushed air captured by oscillating ribbons.

Instrumental Tourist is available via the Software Recording Co. November 20th, 2012 in limited vinyl edition as well as CD and digital formats.

1) Uptown Psychedelia
2) Scene From a French Zoo
3) Vacinnation For Thomas Mann
4) Instrusions
5) Whole Earth Tascam
6) GRM Blue II
7) GRM Blue III
8) Racist Drone
9) Grey Geisha
10) Instrumental Tourist
11) Ritual For Consumption
12) Vaccination



“Weavers Of Ash” from Seattle’s Stenskogen is a slow circulating swirl through subtly electronic-textured landscapes. Enjoy this track, as they don’t seem to surface too often and like to preserve an air of mystery.


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Vivian Hua is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, as well as a master of globetrotting for free and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Marshmallows – while not really food – are one of her favorite foods, especially if they are freezered, stale, or fire-toasted. She doesn’t want to space travel, really, which is an unpopular view these days. Her design work, astrological chart, and other crap can be seen at www.inallthings-patterns.net.

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