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William Basinski

William Basinski is an experimental composer, sound sculptor, and video artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his multi-volume work The Disintegration Loops.

Basinski is a classically trained musician. He was born in Houston and undertook his first musical studies on the clarinet at Richardson High School -- an instrument he continues to play. Upon graduation, he studied saxophone and composition at North Texas State University. A teacher introduced him to the music of John Cage, which proved influential. A little later, he encountered Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians and Brian Eno's Music for Airports, and the first two albums by Fripp and Eno. Influenced by tape loops and delay, Basinski began his own experimentation, putting a piece of cellophane tape over the erase head of a Sony Walkman, then dubbing his own compositions played on electric piano. He furthered these on two full-sized reel-to-reel decks that he continues to use.

He met artist/curator James Elaine, who was visiting from San Francisco, and played him the tape. Elaine, well connected in music and art circles, was impressed and encouraged Basinski. The two fell in love and Basinski relocated to San Francisco where he began to work in earnest. Eventually they migrated to New York City and ultimately Brooklyn, where they converted a ruined loft into a proper studio space and a venue called Arcadia. Many artists played the space, including Diamanda Galas and Antony Hegarty. Basinski played clarinet in the first version of the Johnsons.

Throughout the '80s, the composer worked with tape loops, analog keyboards, and Mellotron, and assembled a formidable body of work. His first release, Shortwavemusic, issued on Raster-Noton in 1998, dated from this period. His sophomore effort, Watermusic, appeared on his self-created label 2062 in 2000.

In July of 2001, he intended to create new masters of works from his archive -- some were 20 years old. As the old tapes were played into the digital recorder, they began to disintegrate. Astonished, Basinski began sonically tweaking what he heard, but then surrendered to the unfolding evolutionary process and let them be: their decay was captured with a digital timestamp. He continued with this painstakingly slow transfer process of his archived work through September 10. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was attacked and destroyed by terrorists. Basinski and his neighbors were watching the smoke and fires from their roof. He began playing The Disintegration Loops on loudspeakers. He borrowed a video camera from a friend, fixed it in one spot, and let it record. The next day, he assembled the footage with the music. He released the first volume in 2002 and issued three additional volumes annually, commemorating the event and creating an elegy.

Basinski's work pace was intense and the releases kept flowing: The River was issued by Raster-Noton in 2002, followed by Watermusic II, Melancholia, and A Red Score in Tile, all in 2003. David Tibet of Current 93 released Variations: A Movement in Chrome Primitive in 2004 through Durtro/Die Stadt. Over the next four years, Basinski's 2062 released a variety of new and archival work. These included Silent Night (2005); The Garden of Brokenness & Variations for Piano and Tape (2006); El Camino Real (2007); 92982 -- titled after his zip code in his new home of Los Angeles -- and Vivian & Ondine (2009).

The Disintegration Loops were performed as part of the ten-year anniversary concert Remembering September 11 at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in its Temple of Dendur by the Wordless Music Orchestra, orchestrated by Maxim Moston. In 2012, Temporary Residence re-released The Disintegration Loops in a limited set of 2000 vinyl copies. It included a DVD of Basinski's film with the audio soundtrack, and compact disc versions added a fifth disc that contained the Wordless Music Orchestra's performances at the Met and the Venice Biennale. A lavish large-format book included photos and essays by the composer, Tibet, Hegarty, and Michael Shulman (director of the National 9/11 Museum, who inducted the work into its permanent collection).

In 2013, Basinski and sound installation artist Richard Chartier collaborated for Aurora Liminalis, issued by Line. Nocturnes appeared from 2062 the same year. In 2015, the composer self-released Cascade and The Deluge, as well as another collaborative recording with Chartier entitled Divertissment on Important. ~ Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Watermusic II

1. Watermusic II

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Track List: Watermusic

1. Watermusic

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Track List: Melancholia (263-300) (Signed Basinski)

2. Melancholia 2

3. Melancholia 3

4. Melancholia 4

5. Melancholia 5

6. Melancholia 6

7. Melancholia 7

8. Melancholia 8

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Track List: The Disintegration Loops (Remastered)

1. Dlp 1.1

2. Dlp 2.1

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Track List: The Disintegration Loops II (Remastered)

1. Dlp 2.2

2. Dlp 3

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Track List: The Disintegration Loops III (Remastered)

1. Dlp 4

2. Dlp 5

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Track List: The Disintegration Loops IV (Remastered)

1. Dlp 6

2. Dlp 1.2

3. Dlp 1.3

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Track List: Variations: A Movement In Chrome Primitive

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cynthia.ramm i n g
Me too. First time.
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Listening to Watermusic right now, gorgeous track. I plan on buying lots of his music soon.
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This guy looks awesome!
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Indeed incredible work!
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This is some of the most existential relaxing music ever. Signal to noise and thinking music are awesome also.
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An hour of drone and repetitive music, I find my self asking why did it end. I find the music very relaxing especially at night when trying to clear my thoughts.
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beneamata
Wonderful and calming at the same time that it provokes deep thought and energy.
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The Angle of Trance
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Dear Pandora, Thank you for providing the chosen discography for William Basinski. Do you think that his album The Disintegrati o n Loops will ever be available here? Thank you, A Fan
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Love it, this puts me at ease and calms my brain ��
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fredythefox
Grandiosa.
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Release
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This sound help you center clears your thoughts his like Brain Eno, Harold Budd and more!
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Incredible
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mitchwolf175
Wow, it's been ages since an artist's music grabbed me by the b**ls in seconds flat. William Basinski did just that, just now.
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Hey Pat,
Listen to the music and chill.
It wonderful and peaceful. We all need peace on this planet
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retropat
Anthony, he's already producing. What would you have him do? Breed? Oh, please...
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retropat
Definately a low-profile dude. I'd like to know what he looks like but it's a trite habit to follow him when he's already given me his music. Anyone with the talent he has does not need limelight.
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"Watermusic" - like heaven
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Really digging Variations.. . Chilling at a beach house in South Florida... Waves crashing... perfect compliment.
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Yes
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The more obscure the artist, why does one have to be famous or known to be making this music that touches you inside?
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matthew5096
This makes me so happy.
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eyesofthewor l d 2 1 1 2
William Basinski is like the son of Brian Eno. I hope he starts producing soon.
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I had to stop and look too, I like it.
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The way the music is recorded makes it have a strange tone,that I like alot.It's like a strange and sad black and white memory.
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elmaestrocub a n o
I used to make my own clothes!
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mrned26
I really like the energy in the shares on this page. I appreciate the peace the people sense and share here. I also really liked this music - I too stopped what I was doing and looked. I also like Brian Eno.
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THTAT IS THE SOUNDS OF BEINGS OF THE UNIVERSES TO ME.
AS IN SPOKEN WORDS.
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THIS MUSIC IS MEDICINE IT IS APTLY NAMED. IT RESONATES WITH THE RHYTHMS OF THE PHYSICAL H2O WATERS IN MY BODY AS WELL AS ALL THE SUBTLE FLUIDS AND SPIRIT ENERGIES AKIN TO THAT PHYSICAL WATER TO FLOW HARMONIOUSLY AND PERFECTLY TO ALL THE RIGHT PLACES.
I FOUND IT TO BE THE THE PERFECT YOGA AND MEDITATION MUSIC FOR ME.THANK YOU WILLIAM BASINSKI FOR WATER MUSIC.
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mossbobby
this is beautiful!
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Occasionally I here a piece that makes you look at the title and artist.
after a while I decided I wanted this piece, and wondered who it was,
and lo and behold it was someone who used live in this neighborhood !
He also ran a neat place called the Arcadia, where I shot alot of unusaul and
cutting edge performances , so noe wonder it was you! (if you are reading this)
Just saying Hello too,
Carlton
and congratulato n s , this is really rich music and ambiance.


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misc325
Listening to Watermusic (on Watermusic) right now. I'm sure these sounds will bring up different feelings in different people, but I just felt like commenting.. . this is very peaceful... beautiful.

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