Experimental composer, sound sculptor and video artist William Basinski celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the career-defining four-album series The Disintegration Loops.
Basinski is a relentless experimentalist, obsessed with reel-to-reel tape decks, the merging of splices of tape, loops and delay. The Disintegration Loops was born literally from disintegrating tape loops slowly deteriorating as they passed over a tape head – the unexpected result of Basinski’s attempt to transfer his earlier recordings to digital format. These are ambient waves of sound, like heavy breath that washes through the listening body: deeply emotional sounds filled with multiple textures, tones, drones and shades that are as hauntingly beautiful as they are sombre.
This evening will see the London Contemporary Orchestra perform an orchestral arrangement of The Disintegration Loops; and a solo performance by Basinski of 2020’s Lamentations.
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