Ghosts

by Thomas P. Heckmann

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    Thomas P. Heckmann - Ghosts

    I started about two years ago to work on something completely different to music I'm usually known for and the result is Ghosts.
    It started out as a Raum 2 (working title and projected follow up to my Raum album on Mille Plateaux), but changed intension and direction while working on it.
    When I recorded the title track Ghosts I started to hear voices and things that were not really there…or were they ?
    As creation goes, the name Ghosts came straight to my mind and influenced the further recordings of the album heavily.
    My experiments with ambience, rooms, fear, darkness and the innermost ghosts we all carry with us led to these deep realms of very personal sound.
    And it turned out to be a very physical experience as well to listen to the atmospheres and the sheer immense power of the drones and pads.
    This album is dedicated to my Grandparents, who are greatly missed…

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    Thomas P. Heckmann's career smacks of diversity, ingenuity, and a stubborn refusal to adhere to genre. First gaining notoriety in the early 90s as a vital cog in the German techno machine, he founded the Trope Recordings label and set about firming up a beachead in the already splintering electronica scenes of the time. Juggling a well-respected DJ/producer career with his own admirable musical talents made labels such as Force Inc., Mille Plateaux and Pete Namlook's Fax +49-69/450464 sit up and take notice. Now, with Ghosts, his third release on Carpe Sonum, Heckmann's blended his various influences into a veritable tour de force of textural girth and grit.

    Ghosts is as unlikely a 'follow-up' to his previous Lost Tales volumes as you're likely to find. Trading in what is euphemistically termed dark ambient on this go-round, Heckmann seems to have inadvertently or intentionally forged a modern post-industrial statement of extraordinarily powerful intent. Largely eschewing the easily recognizable horizontal hold of electronica's well-trodden beat structures, Heckmann augments his mildly abrasive tones and brittle atmospheres with pulses carved from an aural wood of drift rather than driftwood. The eleven pieces on Ghosts cackle and glee with an almost demonic abandon, percussive accents bouncing throughout the stereofield in an often wild display of vivid color schemes. Nowhere is this more evident than across the eight minute panoptic nerves of "Absolution", where Heckmann's many years of adept rhythm programming blossom forth in an explosive rush of digital swing.

    But what gives Ghosts its most unique flavor is the schizophrenic paradox of styles that lies at its core. "Vault" and the title track work that post-industrial mojo to satisfying, if acrid, ends, conjuring up such contemporary voices as Andy Stott and some of the motley Mordant Music crew. Heckmann's hauntological soundworld here is so complex that Ghosts is one of those rare records that bares repeated visits, deeper listening, undivided attention; after the headcrack sensations felt during the first spin, successive replays are necessary to absorb everything Heckmann's compositions painstakingly reveal. It's that kind of freaky mindtrip.
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I started to work on something completely different to music I'm usually known for and the result is Ghosts.
It started out as a Raum 2 (working title and projected follow up to my Raum album on Mille Plateaux), but changed intension and direction while working on it.
When I recorded the title track Ghosts I started to hear voices and things that were not really there…or were they ? As creation goes, the name Ghosts came straight on my mind and influenced the further recordings of the album heavily.
My experiments with ambience, rooms, fear, darkness and the innermost ghosts we all carry with us came to very interesting ...And it turned out to be a very physical satisfaction as well to listen to the atmospheres and the sheer immense power of the drones and music, that sometimes emerged just by itself…or was it ?

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released January 9, 2016

Written & produced by Thomas P. Heckmann

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Thomas P. Heckmann Mainz, Germany

Keyfigure of early and contemporary german Techno, EBM-Techno and Acid, Thomas P. Heckmann has shaped the landscape of electronic music since the very beginning ! His huge success as DRAX LTD.II - AMPHETAMINE, KNARZ - TANZMASCHINE, SILENT BREED - SYNC IN, WELT IN SCHERBEN, AGE, EXIT 100 aso. set standards and beyond in the under- and overground ! ... more

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