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William Basinski - Why Did No One Tell Me?!?!

Post by Reality Checkpoint » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:53 am

I have just finished listening to The Disintegration Loops Vol I - IV.

A work of staggering beauty. Why had I not heard of him before?

Can anyone recommend anything else by him that I should listen to first before I just go out and buy everything I can find by him?

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Post by pannikel » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:58 am

Am just sticking on the river now to remind myself what it sounds like, I think I liked it but I havnt listened since somewhen at beginning of 00s.. I seem to remember A red score in tile is good too

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Post by shred » Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:15 pm

agreed, just found about him a couple weeks ago myself. the disintegration loops had me absolutely hypnotized
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Post by Cadence » Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:42 pm

I think you've likely started in a good place by listening to the Disintegration Loops series. If you want to hear a live interpretation check out "Sound And Silence: 'Remembering Sept. 11'" on NPR:


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Post by diophantine » Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:30 pm

Everything I've heard is absolutely stunning. Still a fair number of discs I still need to pick up.

Saw him live here a couple years ago, and it was a fantastic (& memorable) performance. Such a nice guy too!

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Re: William Basinski - Why Did No One Tell Me?!?!

Post by diophantine » Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:31 pm

Reality Checkpoint wrote:Can anyone recommend anything else by him that I should listen to first before I just go out and buy everything I can find by him?
Probably just grab everything :hihi: but '92982' is particularly nice, and somewhat different from the 'Disintegration Loops'.

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Post by Roycie Roller » Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:15 am

He's becoming my favourite musician of all time! His music is so beautiful & moving.

I think of it as orchestral music where he has distilled the essence of a symphony & stripped all of the instruments away, leaving only raw emotion & movement to make the song.

I listen to his music & imagine all sorts of other sounds that aren't there.
The tracks off Disintegration Loops are sublime- i'll find myself humming the melodies of huge, imaginary orchestras along with the songs as they play.

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Post by pannikel » Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:37 am

diophantine wrote: Saw him live here a couple years ago, and it was a fantastic (& memorable) performance. Such a nice guy too!
am interested how it works live, does he use multiple tape machines and blend between them as the loops degrade?

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Post by sb » Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:51 am

I've got 4 or 5 of his albums and El Camino Real is my fave.....gorgeous and majestic are the only words i can think of to describe what is essentially a 20 second loop played on repeat for 48 minutes.

Watermusic is also nice because its more synthetic rather than tape loop based. Shortwavemusic and Melancholia have more tracks and hence a bit more variation if 48 minutes of a single track looping is too much for you.

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Post by anti_climacus » Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:14 am

I recommend Garden of Brokenness. I believe he uses a laptop and mixer for live performances, check out the Richard Chartier & William Basinski performance at LACE. I think the tape machines are primarily used while recording.

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Post by diophantine » Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:47 am

pannikel wrote:
diophantine wrote: Saw him live here a couple years ago, and it was a fantastic (& memorable) performance. Such a nice guy too!
am interested how it works live, does he use multiple tape machines and blend between them as the loops degrade?
Yes, he had two reel-to-reel machines, and a big metal can of tape loops which he'd fish into, find the appropriate loop, and swap out on the machines while performing a piece. Totally fluid. He also had a laptop and maybe a mixer or something. Simple, slowly moving films (clouds on one piece) on the backdrop that worked very well. He did two lengthy pieces, and in between talked a bit about his tape machines, tape loops, and techniques.

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Post by buzzlegs » Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:42 pm

anti_climacus wrote:I recommend Garden of Brokenness.
I agree, i have everything he's done and it's all beautiful and moving but this particular one i keep coming back to. An amazing artist/musician.

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Post by limpmeat » Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:08 am

Garden of Brokenness is one of the saddest and most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard.

I love Melancholia too.

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Post by Into the Void » Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:49 pm

Basinski's (excellent) 92982 is now out on vinyl via Temporary Residence:

https://store.temporaryresidence.com/products/trr268

Been listening to it all week. I've listened to him for 10 years or so but his music just becomes more and more important to me.

And I really, really wish they would re-issue The Disintegration Loops individually on vinyl. Vivian & Ondine too.

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Post by GuyaGuy » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:26 pm

Check out the The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars--somewhat similar to Disintegration Loops.

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Post by Into the Void » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:17 am

GuyaGuy wrote:Check out the The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars--somewhat similar to Disintegration Loops.
Great song, reminded me more of the songs with strings on them on Discreet Music than Basinski though.

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Post by pannikel » Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:15 am

GuyaGuy wrote:Check out the The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars--somewhat similar to Disintegration Loops.
it's a fair comparison, Bryars early tape work set the scene for music processes + fields of sound like Basinski's

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Post by quietguy » Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:01 pm

I was late in discovering William Basinski's work too. While the Disintegration Loops are exquisite I would also recommend 92982, Cascade and especially Vivian and Ondine. I've checked out a fair amount of his catalogue and I think you could pick any work and find a gem. A true artist.

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Post by meursault » Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:09 pm

quietguy wrote:I was late in discovering William Basinski's work too. While the Disintegration Loops are exquisite I would also recommend 92982, Cascade and especially Vivian and Ondine. I've checked out a fair amount of his catalogue and I think you could pick any work and find a gem. A true artist.
Vivian & Ondine is indeed a marvelous record.
I am also fond of Garden of Brokenness.

This song of his, which is likely one of his shortest songs I am aware of, is lush.


I'd love to know too whenever he intends to release his sax songs

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Post by Kaneda87 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:14 pm

I saw the Maestro Basinski live here in Italy the last October in a really small venue and was mesmerizing. Really, probably one of the best ambient/drone show that i ever saw.

Till the Stars Of The Lid show in Los Angeles and later this year in Amsterdam, but this is another story.

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Post by mwvm » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:04 am

Kaneda87 wrote:I saw the Maestro Basinski live here in Italy the last October in a really small venue and was mesmerizing. Really, probably one of the best ambient/drone show that i ever saw.

Till the Stars Of The Lid show in Los Angeles and later this year in Amsterdam, but this is another story.
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Post by Futuresound » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:29 am

Oh my. How have I not listened to this person before?

Tears in my eyes...

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Post by Kaneda87 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:33 pm

The new album "A Shadow in Time" is out!

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Post by Coemgen » Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:05 pm

I love Watermusic II, always listen to it when studying.

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