Haswell & Hecker
UPIC Warp Tracks
Released 4th February 2008
Limited CD & Download
In 2003 Russell Haswell and Florian Hecker began a research project together centering around the use of Iannis Xenakis'UPIC "graphic input" computer music composing system, and a residency at CCMIX Paris, where the UPIC is located.
This EP on Warp - UPIC Warp tracks - is the second soujourn into their experimentations with this unique system, the first was released on Warner Classics in 2007, entitled Blackest Ever Black: Electro acoustic Upic Recordings.
Further results of their experimentations are currently being presented to the public as live multi channel electroacoustic diffusion concerts. These events use surround sound and laser lighting to create an immersive multi-sensory environment.
The cover for UPIC Warp tracks includes photographs taken during previous 'UPIC Diffusion Sessions', which are decorated with specially commissioned sleeve notes by British Artist Dave Falconer (links - 1, 2, 3, 4).
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Russell Haswell (b.1970 Coventry, UK) and Florian Hecker (b.1975 Kissing, DE) first met in Vienna in 1996. They have performed Computer Music concerts together numerous times at prestigious festivals and venues around the world. Together they have conducted remix projects for such historical and pioneering music groups as Voice Crack (CH) and Popol Vuh (DE).
Independent of each other they have both received Awards at the Prix Ars Electronica for Digital Music. Haswell with 'Live Salvage 1997 - 2000' and Hecker, 'Sun Pandämonium'. Between them the have collaborated in concert, on record and/or exhibition with a superabundance of musicians and conceptual visual artists including: Aphex Twin, Carsten Höller, Masami Akita (MERZBOW), Oswald Berthold, Cerith Wyn Evans, Kjetil Manheim (MAYHEM), Toshiji Mikawa (INCAPACITANTS), Whitehouse and Yasunao Tone.