Sublime beauty and ghostly loops from American avant-garde composer William Basinski. Presented by Jazzhouse and Bragagild.
In spite of 58-year-old William Basinki’s roots as a composer in the tradition of American minimalism and avant-garde music, he’s an artist who reached far beyond narrow avant-garde confies.
He has fans among listeners of ambient, electronica, and artrock, and he has released albums on such seminal labels as Carsten Nicolai’s Raster-Noton and David Tibet’s Durtro label, along with releases on his own 2062 Records. He has collaborated with Antony Hegarty (Antony & the Johnsons), Current 93, and Robert Wilson on the opera ‘The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic’.
Basinski’s repetitive, haunted music has been compared to the work of both Steve Reich and Brian Eno, but Basinski is truly his own, having created a unique style through fragile piano loops, loops of crackling tape recordings, field recordings and radio static that awakens the ghosts of the past in a melancholy sound archaeology, both immensely beautiful and disconcerting.
The quadruple work ‘The Disintegration Loops I-IV’ is often considered the masterpiece of Basinski’s extensive discography. The four albums were collected in a box in 2012, garnering superlative reviews. Pitchforck named it best re-issue of the year and gave the extremely rare top grading 10/10, naming it a “sublime beauty”. And Basinski is an artist whose work is hard to let go when one has entered his world of wraith-like repetition. It’s no coincidence his music is ever-present on end of the year-lists everywhere.