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. Heule has worked extensively with double bassist Tony Dryer since 2006, in a variety of groups such as Basshaters and Addleds (with Kyle Bruckmann and Kanoko Nishi). He has recently been highly active touring and recording with Sult, his Norwegian/American acoustic noise quartet with Dryer, Håvard Skaset, and Guro Skumsnes Moe.
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