Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) have teamed up on a full-album project as part of the Software Studio Series (or SSTUDIOS). Instrumental Tourist sees the two sound collagists working together to dream up new compositions in the tradition of jazz improvisation, with little to no prior knowledge of what might be recorded. The duo also seek to explore the notion of whether or not collaboration is even needed in a day and age where we can make our computers do it all for us. "Uptown Psychedelia", the album's first released track, has given us an emphatic "Yes." Sure, Lopatin and Hecker could have just made more solo records and not worked together, and the world would have been just fine; but in this case we'd have missed out on a beautiful creative venture that seemingly explores various emotions as much as it does alienable sounds.
Listen: Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Uptown Psychedelia
Instrumental Tourist is available November 20 via Software.