Boomkat Product Review:
'Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera' presents a radical mashup of works by two probing, multidisciplinary artists among the most vital of their generation.
First realised as part of a two day performance at Tate Modern called 'Push and Pull', it offers a mutant configuration of Leckey's vocal track from 'GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction' (the eerie inner monologue of a Samsung fridge, as heard on the B-side of his 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' vinyl and viewable on youtube), scrambled, decomposed and modulated with Hecker's '3 Channel Chronics' - a sound installation also debuted in 2010, where distinct sounds from three suspended speakers were combined and altered by visitors movements.
The resultant combination, a piercingly abrasive sonic warp visually reflected in the album artwork, intersects both artists' work on a number of levels: the ideas of cultural transcendence core to Leckey's work, correlating with notions of chimerisation - the synthesis of genetically discrete elements; the 3-headed beast of Greek mythology - algorithmic chronics (morphing patterns) and psychophysical audition central to Hecker's practice. Ultimately it sounds utterly freakish, somewhere between the voices of T-1000's mimetic poly-alloy in T2: Judgement Day as he's lowered into molten metal by Arnie's T-800, and a seriously frustrating skype call to Polynesia, if you follow.
No doubt it's not easy listening, but it is deeply satisfying- both conceptually and aesthetically - if you like that kinda thing.