Jacob Felix Heule is a percussionist and electronic musician focused on sound-oriented improvisation following the traditions of electro-acoustic improv, noise, and 20th-century composition. His playing embraces both rough-edged intensity and disciplined instrumental technique.
In 2004 Heule founded the acoustic grind duo Ettrick with Jay Korber. Both members double on drums and saxophones in a style often described as a hybrid of free jazz and black metal.
Heule has worked extensively with double bassist Tony Dryer since 2006, in a variety of groups such as Wormses (with Loachfillet) and Addleds (with Kyle Bruckmann and Kanoko Nishi). Their trio with Jacob Lindsay released Idea of West
on Creative Sources in 2008. Heule and Dryer also have a trio CD with Jack Wright, and have performed live with diverse musicians such as Michel Doneda, C Spencer Yeh, Gino Robair, and Damon Smith. Since 2008 they have also operated as Basshaters
, a duo project incorporating electronics in interaction with their acoustic instruments.
Heule remains faithful to his roots as a rock drummer in his work with Gowns (Broken Bones
on Latitudes, 2009) and Barn Owl (Lost in the Glare
on Thrill Jockey, 2011).
Heule's playing is paradoxically heavy and commanding, subtle and elegant. Morphing from hypnotic processions to abstract ritualistic clatter and orchestral swells, his addition to Barn Owl takes the sound to new heights.
- Thrill Jockey