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Tuesday, July 16, 2024


Listening Experience and Conversation



Almost certainly before we spoke in words, we hummed and drummed. It is the memory of this bodily necessity that is recovered with RITUAL, the new album from Jon Hopkins — a summons, a cure, a machine “for opening portals within your inner world, for unlocking things that are hidden and buried,” to use his terms. With RITUAL, Hopkins makes the Reethaus into an altar, returning us to the ancient thud of feet on the ground, to memories of a possible future, to the flickering light on the cave wall.

RITUAL is a soundscape structured as a ceremonial epic, tracing an arc over 41 minutes that takes us from a preverbal state, pregnant with possibility, into life, death, and life thereafter. Making use of powers of repetition and variation honed over his 22-year career, Hopkins induces hypnosis, creating a collective listening experience that offers more than pleasure: the opportunity to find something lost in a place you didn’t know existed. The canvas is open; it is up to the listeners to breathe, bathe in resonance, and make this dream machine their own.

Following its preview at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and before its release in August, Reethaus is pleased to present RITUAL for the first time outside of the British Isles, an early chance to engage with this modern rite through the 360-degree spatial audio programmed in partnership with MONOM. After the listening experience, Jon Hopkins will sit in conversation with Heiko Hoffmann to discuss his creative process.


Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins is an electronic artist, producer and classically trained composer. He has forged a reputation for music that marries the dance floor with the devotional and for live performances that are charged with a rapt, sensuous beauty. His output flows from rugged techno to transcendent choral music, from solo acoustic piano to psychedelic ambient. Initially gaining exposure through his work with Brian Eno and Coldplay, he gradually found his voice as a solo artist, blending visceral beats with serene, meditative textures. The Mercury Prize-nominated Immunity (2013) and Grammy-nominated Singularity (2018), two albums of spiritually minded techno and ambient tracks, were followed in 2021 by Music for Psychedelic Therapy, where he switched direction, creating something egoless, introspective and made with raw honesty. RITUAL is a culmination of themes explored throughout his 22-year career, and acts as the kinetic counterpart to Music for Psychedelic Therapy. He has many producer, remixer and composer credits, working in film, dance and theater.


Heiko Hoffmann

Heiko Hoffmann is a German music journalist, curator and lecturer. For over a decade he led the industry-leading electronic music magazine Groove as editor-in-chief. He guided artist relations at Beatport, the largest online marketplace used by DJs, for five years. Today he is director of artist and label partnerships at The Orchard and an adjunct professor at the NYU Clive Davis Institute Of Recorded Music.