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Tim Hecker’s epic shows captured with Aston Starlights

Category : Artists

FOH engineer extraordinaire Chris Fullard is on the road with Canadian electronica wizard Tim Hecker, a traditional gagaku ensemble and his collection of Aston Starlight mics, which he uses to capture the traditional Japanese instruments used in the performances.

Hecker has been performing his newest work, Konoyo, his ninth album release, which the composer wrote during a series of trips to Japan. The album is described by Pitchfork as “a fascinating dialogue between his technology and some of the world’s most ancient instruments.” The recent concerts on the LA leg of the tour took place in the charged atmosphere of the Masonic Lodge of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery with Tim backed by the traditional Japanese instrumentation of his Konoyo Ensemble.

Tim’s ambient, experiential performances represent something of a contrast for sound engineer Chris Fullard, who has also recently been behind the faders for raucous UK rock band Idles. Whether for high-octane rock or swirling electronic soundscapes with traditional strings and wind instruments, Chris still reaches for his Astons:

“I used the Starlights on the wind instruments and the vocals … It works perfectly”. Chris told us.

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Photos by McKenna Bryn.


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