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William Basinski

by The Staff on October 24, 2013


Composer William Basinski is an analog man in a digital world. A clarinetist and saxophonist, he’s made his primary medium the utilitarian surface upon which all music used to be recorded—magnetic reel-to-reel tape. In 2002, Basinski released The Disintegration Loops, an experimental album using 20-year-old tapes of his early music. The album was finished on a rooftop overlooking the wreckage on the morning of 9/11 and earned him an almost unheard-of 10 out of 10 on Pitchfork.

Basinski revisits this compositional method for Nocturnes, a piece created from a deteriorated 30-year-old piano recording. The effect has been described as both ghostly and underwater-like.

William Basinski will perform Nocturnes at EMPAC (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy) on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 8 PM. Tickets are $18. Call 276-3921 for more info.