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8/10 manuel chill Customer review, 24th July 2010
I first heard this forty-five minute piece accompanied by a recording of various readers reading selections from an anthology of poetry including Elizabeth Bishop's The Fish. I fondly remember that Friday morning on my beautiful commute through the country turning on WXYC (live stream available at www.wxyc.org) out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. At the time I thought that both the poetry readings and the music were one piece of work recorded together rather than improvised by the brilliant disc jockey on the air at the moment. This Basinski piece is far too etherial and mysterious to be classified as Steve-Reich-style minimalist. It seems to be a simple layering of tape loops yet has a subtle inexplicable complexity that keeps it moving forward. Would easily fall under the category of "wikkid". ;-)
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