Das Zeitgeist Zimmer – 15.10.12-21.10.12
New music with Johann Gottfried Herder and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Name: Tim Hecker remixes Holy Other
Listen: ‘Held’ (Tim Hecker Remix)
Need to Know: Ambient noise maverick on remix duties
Hegel: Holy Other, Holy Fuck, Holy Ghost: what’s with all these bands with Holy in their name? Clearly .Holy is the new Crystal, which likewise was the new [insert generic animal name]. So really, the only way to be truly cutting edge with your band name is to combine all of these voguish name ideas into one super band name. How about Holy Crystal Animal Fuck for starters? That’s a name that has real panache to it, and as an added bonus sounds like the title of some truly depraved JG Ballard-style slasher fiction, written by some poor soul who found Crash just a little lacking with its banal prudery.
Anyways, to come to the point (it’s our speciality here at the Zimmer), experimental chap Tim Hecker has gone and done a spiffing remix of Tri Angle-signed group Holy Other (clearly the best of the Holys) and it’s expectedly noisy, atmospheric and fine, so it’s good, which again goes to show what a talented fellow that Tim Hecker is. He’d be even better if he changed his name to Holy Crystal Animal Fuck, though.
Name: Sam Willis
Need to Know: One half of ace ambient techno duo Walls
Goethe: Guess who’s back, bitches? It’s Goethe, and like a killer bass drop you weren’t expecting, I’ve just flown in from Berghain… and boy, are my arms tired… #Lulz! Seriously, though, running a double life as a literary and philosophical polyglot while also maintaining maximum scene cred (did you see me standing behind Daphini at last week’s Boiler Room sesh?) can be draining on the humours. Occasionally, even I have to take time out. So, I recuperate by spending time anonymously trolling that poseur Slavoj Zizek while slamming back flat white after flat white from that place on Berwick Street, which is the only place in the UK that does them right (trust me, my Kiwi friends know). After spending many hours doing this, I then hit a state of perfect equilibrium, a state that allows me to jack back into the system, Neuromancer style, with the perfect clarity I need to discover sublime tracks like this one from Sam Willis, the English half of ace Kompakt duo Walls. It’s the musical equivalent of those first rays of sun that come creeping through the windows at Panorama bar after a heavy nine-hour session stuck in the vaults below, and you should all be bookmarking it faster than you can say hashtag. Now, where are my Persols? I have an afterparty to get to.
Hegel: Goethe… You are objectively an awful, awful human being.
Goethe: Tweet it, bitch.