Wow, great find. I didn't know about him or this composition. I had the whole thing play in the background and it's mysterious and creepy and made me keep thinking about black holes colliding 1.3 billion years ago. Mind. Blown.
That was really cool.
I remember back in the mid-90's...out with a crew rock climbing at Joshua Tree...one of our guys knew that the UCLA Astronomy Dept. was going to have their big glass out at JT for an all night viewing/party.
I think astronomy is cool but that part of my brain dulls quickly. Anyway we got out to some triple top secret location around 1am and there were probably 10+ pretty big telescopes out pointing to the stars...Mind you I am all into Pearl Jam and anything that Kurt Corbain put out.
There were a handful of PH.d's out there jamming to Jean-Michel Jarre and it was sooooo perfect for the evening....anyway, certainly way before today's electronica hipness revolution.
Basinski would have been perfect for that venue as well.
I listened to about twenty minutes while dishes were being washed last night. Very other worldly. It is a musical genre that I haven’t listened to in several years.
Are you by chance familiar with a little known NPR radio program, Hearts of Space? It was on in the evenings and was the ultimate “chill music” after a long day at work.
I haven't had a chance to listen yet, but I'll check this out. The Disintegration Loops is his only work that I'm familiar with, but it's a good collection. From Wikipedia:
The Disintegration Loops is a series of four albums by American avant-garde composer William Basinski released in 2002 and 2003. The music was recorded from a series of ambient music fragments played in tape loops that gradually deteriorated each time they passed the tape head. The completion of the recording coincided with the 9/11 attacks, which Basinski witnessed from a rooftop in Brooklyn while playing the project to friends; the accompanying artwork features Basinski's footage of the New York City skyline in the aftermath of the World Trade Center's collapse.
I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed it! I recommend checking out The Disintegration Loops series which is a favourite of mine.
Wow! That was a once in a lifetime experience! Thanks for sharing.
No, but I see from your post that material on Youtube. I shall investigate!
I love the Disintegration Loops. I forked out cash for the CD box set which I treasure.
I love this piece.
I'd never heard there was a box set. I only have the first one, but my brother bought the other three. I just found out he's on Bandcamp, so I may have to finish the collection and pick up some more of his work. His stuff is great for when you want to listen to music that won't distract enough to prevent doing work that requires concentration.