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William Basinski created his ambient and much storied record, 'The Disintegration Loops', by feeding his compositions on loop through a tape head until a myriad sounds were made in its place. The record's completion coincided with the 9/11 bombings, a sight which is recreated on the record's cover. Considered an attempt at making sound cyclical, 'The Disintegration Loops' is now being given a second re-release due to the high demand of its boxset, each of the four volumes being released as an individual record. 


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The Disintegration Loops (Remastered) by William Basinski
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10/10 Jack Customer review, 29th June 2015

The story behind The Disintegration Loops gives the music its meaning and also sets it up as a gift rather than a proposition. Basinski was in the process of archiving, rather than composing, when he discovered that the tapes were disintegrating. The music in the loops had already been composed. Basinski could not have created the effect of decay, as it happened, himself - and so the music is a memorial and a conceptual element. Therefore, the music needs to be understood not as music, as a simple loop with an effect or two added, but as something a little more complex.


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