Saturday, January 23, 2010
bring the basinski
just a quick post: for our friends in australia and japan, william basinksi is playing in sydney, perth and tokyo in the next couple of weeks. you can find info on the shows here. i'm kicking myself i wont be able to see any of them.
like many people, i first came across basinski's work through the mindbending 'disintegration loops', which remains for me some of the most powerful electronic/ambient music i've ever heard. stunning stuff. the 2nd one is my favourite. after that, though, i stopped listening to that kind of music, and only really came back to it last year. cam brought my attention to '92982', which was one of my favourite releases of 2009. i've just ordered his new album, 'vivian & ondine'. cant wait to hear it. the concept sounds very cool:
"...I got back to work and found yet another lunchbox of ancient tape-loops to go through for possible inclusion in the new piece. I came across the main theme and thought...well, this is gorgeous; let's see if we can use this to coax Viv to come out. I went through the rest of them and found another dozen or so that mixed well used randomly, just under the threshold.
The next night I performed the piece at Issue with their 16 channel hemispherical speaker system set to move the sounds randomly around the room as if waves in a pool. We all had a really good time. It was mesmerizing."
will make sure to report back after the CD arrives...