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chansons de geste

by hecq

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RailCourt A very nostalgic album, with the sound echoing just so that it gives impressions of empty halls. This is an album defintely meant to be listened to front to back, so picking a favorite track almost defeats the point.
Whyte Rushan
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Whyte Rushan well becasue of the...the length of the track Favorite track: dust & carpets.
Dane Coburn
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Dane Coburn Love this Record. Listened to this when it first came out quite bit. Hard to describe the feelings it brings to me. Anyways it popped into my head last night and i looked it up on band camp and to my surprise there were a few copies of the record left for sale so i bought one! super happy with my purchase great record. Favorite track: home by nights.
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worlds end 03:58
nescient 02:25
heathland 04:27
recital 1 02:52
passage 03:00
tome 03:20
rest 03:54
recital 2 03:22


with 'chansons de geste' ben lukas boysen a.k.a. hecq presents a very personal release, conceived as a memorial and dedication to bygone events and individuals. the basic sources for the eleven haunting tracks were original tape recordings boysen and his family members made decades ago for private use, ranging from piano etudes to classical works by composers like j.s. bach and johannes brahms. it was hecq's intention to restore, to revive and to re-arrange these basic sources for the existing release in a condensed and unusual way. each tape was digitized to hard disc, loops and patches were extracted from this sound pool, and the collection was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. the tapes were taken and played back inside a church where the natural reverb of the location was added and used as the master recording.

musically, 'chansons de geste' is a captivating assemblage of mesmeric ambient works where the natural hissing from the ancient tape recordings interpolate with orchestral classical textures and slight electronic manipulations. the hypnotic loops and dots transfer an atmosphere of grandeur and melancholia to those who are aligned to the album's concept as well as to the unprejudiced listener.

'chansons de geste' is hecq's examination and refurbishment of a rich, touching and important time's distillate - an aural inheritance of activities and events which only remain to exist as a memory. highly recommended.

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released September 4, 2017

all tracks written and produced by ben lukas boysen.
engineered, recorded and mastered by martyn heyne at lichte studio berlin.
artwork & layout by maria sieradzki. photo by stefan alt.
published by erased tapes music.


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