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William Basinski is best known for his four volume long Disintegration Loops series.

Loops is based on Basinski’s attempts to salvage earlier recordings made on magnetic tape, by transferring them into digital format; however, the tape had physically deteriorated to the point that, as it passed by the read/write head, the ferrite detached from the plastic backing and fell off.

The result is quite fantastic. Disintegration Loops IV was released in 2003 on his label 2062, a very delicate and achingly beautiful exploration into genuine ambient music that just about hits the one hour and fifteen minute mark in total. Its mood is on the more melancholic side of things; what it does, it does very well. Mr. Basinski exhibits a true talent for making utterly brilliant music that tip toes between the lines of ambient and drone.

This release reminds me a bit of Stone in Focus and Rhubarb (keep in mind that the actual duration of this song is 7:44, not 3:33) – tracks by IDM pioneer Aphex Twin. Long in their duration and slowly lulling to and fro within a very hazy and blurred realm of a dream world that only exists in the mind.

It’s quite a lovely listen in the dark lying down on a secluded beach with a good pair of headphones. Highly, highly recommended.

His latest release came in March of this year in the form of 92982 – four lovely tracks with the classic Basinski sound. Equally as fascinating as this series, in my opinion. Also be sure to check out Melancholia(!).

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