William Basinski

The US artist is the protagonist of the second date of the Transiti Festival

William Basinski (born 1958) is an avant-garde composer based in New York City. He is also a clarinetist, saxophonist, sound artist, and video artist.

Basinski is best known for his four-volume album The Disintegration Loops (2002–2003), constructed from rapidly decaying twenty-year-old tapes of his earlier music.

Biography

William Basinski was born in 1958 in Houston, Texas. A classically trained clarinetist, he studied jazz saxophone and composition at North Texas State University in the late 1970s. In 1978, inspired by minimalists such as Steve Reich and Brian Eno, he began developing his own vocabulary using tape loops and old reel-to-reel tape decks. He developed his meditative, melancholy style experimenting with short looped melodies played against themselves creating feedback loops.

His first release was Shortwavemusic. Although created in 1983, it was first released on vinyl in a small edition in 1998 by Carsten Nicolai's Raster-Noton label. This was followed by Watermusic, self-released in 2000 on Basinski's 2062 Records. Another 2-disc work was Variations: A Movement in Chrome Primitive, 1980: it was finally released in 2004 by David Tibet on the Durtro/Die Stadt label. At the time this work was created, Basinski was experimenting with compositions for piano and tape loops.

Throughout the 1980s, Basinski created a vast archive of experimental works using tape loop and delay systems, found sounds, and shortwave radio static. He was a member of many bands including Gretchen Langheld Ensemble and House Afire. In 1989, he opened his own performance space, "Arcadia" at 118 N. 11th Street. In the 1990s, he performed and produced records and intimate underground shows there for various NYC artists including Antony, Diamanda Galás, Rasputina, The Murmurs, and his own ad-hoc experimental electronic/improvisation band, Life on Mars. In 2000, he made a film titled Fountain with artists James Elaine and Roger Justice.

In August and September 2001, he set to work on what would become his most recognizable piece, the four-volume album The Disintegration Loops. The recordings were based on old tape loops which had degraded in quality. While attempting to salvage the recordings in a digital format, the tapes slowly crumbled and left a timestamp history of their demise.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Basinski



You may also like ...

22 results

THE HUMAN GENOME. What makes us unique

24/02/2018 - 06/01/2019 Trento
premium

I Suoni delle Dolomiti - Campiglio special week

16/07/2018 - 22/07/2018 Madonna di Campiglio

RespirArt Day

28/07/2018 Pampeago-Predazzo-Obereggen

Richard Loskot

25/05/2018 - 28/07/2018 Trento

Trentino Music Festival for Mezzano Romantica

24/06/2018 - 04/08/2018 Primiero - Mezzano

Bondone in Strada

11/08/2018 - 12/08/2018 Bondone

Mistero dei Monti

03/08/2018 - 14/08/2018 Madonna di Campiglio

150 years. Brennero railway

31/03/2018 - 31/08/2018 Trento

Cent'anni dopo. Ricordi di guerra, sguardi di pace (A century after....

27/04/2018 - 02/09/2018 Trento

InCanto a Castello (EnChant at the castle) - Buonconsiglio Castle

02/09/2018 Trento

Desmalgada

09/09/2018 Prezzo

Campiglio Mystery Week

17/09/2018 - 22/09/2018 Madonna di Campiglio

The deer’s bellow

22/09/2018 - 06/10/2018 San Martino di Castrozza

Nostalghia. Journey among the Christians of the East

06/07/2018 - 07/10/2018 Trento

Close. Not Here. Paths of Tridentine Creativity

13/07/2018 - 14/10/2018 Trento

The final year: 1917-1918

01/12/2017 - 02/12/2018 Trento

THE HUMAN GENOME. What makes us unique

From 24 February, the MUSE - Trento Science Museum is housing an exhibition inviting reflection on the new questions raised by the progress in...

Read more ...

I Suoni delle Dolomiti - Campiglio special week

A special week of concerts with Mario Brunello and the Kremerata Baltica

Read more ...

RespirArt Day

10th Contemporary Art in Nature Event

Read more ...

Richard Loskot

"Cosmology Model" by Richard Loskot and "The Place we call Home" by Cristian Avram at the Boccanera Gallery

Read more ...

Trentino Music Festival for Mezzano Romantica

Music Academy International

Read more ...

Bondone in Strada

Bondone in Strada 

Read more ...

Mistero dei Monti

Cultural mountain festival with meetings, walks, exhibitions and movies

Read more ...

150 years. Brennero railway

From the coach to high speed trains

Read more ...

Cent'anni dopo. Ricordi di guerra, sguardi di pace (A century after....

Curated by Giovanna Calvenzi

Read more ...

InCanto a Castello (EnChant at the castle) - Buonconsiglio Castle

Read more ...

Desmalgada

Milk, cheese and, of course, the cows from the alpine pastures of the Malghe di Boniprati are the protagonists of the Desmalgada

Read more ...

Campiglio Mystery Week

Inside the secret mountain: dawns, sunsets and nights for discovering the mysterious side of the mountain

Read more ...

The deer’s bellow

A day dedicated to the symbol of the Paneveggio Forest.

Read more ...

Nostalghia. Journey among the Christians of the East

Photos by Linda Dorigo

Read more ...

Close. Not Here. Paths of Tridentine Creativity

Read more ...

The final year: 1917-1918

Read more ...

Events