New solo work from big drone man William Basinski! On Time Out of Time was developed to accompany a Berlin art exhibition, and it features the sounds of actual real black holes in space(!), pulled into the unique soundworld of Basinski. The CD and LP editions have some different material, so think carefully about your preference… On Temporary Residence.
Vinyl LP £19.99 TRR311LP
LP on Temporary Residence.
- Includes download code
CD £11.49 TRR311CD
CD on Temporary Residence.
There are many reasons to like William Basinski...firstly there's the fact that he makes rather amazing drone music but also he just seems really nice. Always thanks us for our reviews and friends who have sent music to him have often said that he responds with a thank you note. It doesn't take much to be nice does it?
So because of his all round niceness I'm biased but this is a lovely piece of work from Basinski. It apparently captures the sound of two distant black holes merging 1.3 billion years ago. He's not that old but this is Basinski - he can do anything he likes. There's two pieces - a lengthy 39.33 title track which slowly unfurls whistling creepily as it goes. Soft layers upon soft layers. It strikes the perfect sweet spot between soothing and terrifying - little baubles and splashes of sound form in and out of the mix as it goes -a perfect ambient wash with tiny trickles of change throughout. The second piece '4(E+D)4(ER=EPR) (try being Simon Bates announcing that on Top of the Pops) is much shorter but equally if not more gorgeous with two exquisite ambient chords shifting back and forth. It has a liquid quality - the sound reverberating as if made of water. So gorgeous that I'm actually feeling short changed that it 'only' lasts ten minutes.
7/10 Richard 23rd April 2019
I always feel that each new William Basinski release is going to be judged next to the magnificent and essential 'Disintegration Loops' series, and that this almost puts his work on a hiding to nothing. Is he ever going to be able to top or even match such glorious heights?
A lot of his back catalogue is very good though, and this new release is decent enough. The 40 minute 'On Time Out Of Time' is the centrepiece of this record, and is quite dark (as Clinton's review states that "it apparently captures the sound of two distant black holes merging 1.3 billion years ago" this is no surprise). A low rumbling thump accompanies an almost high-end drone, with subtle shifts in tone keeping you interested. About half way through things become more relaxing with an almost choral like drone helping move things forward, before it all drops away again and then slowly builds towards a fog-horn like crescendo, then again dropping away. In all honesty it's quite hard work, but if you are patient and focused then there are rewards to be found.
Final track '4(E+D)4(ER=EPR)' is ten minutes of looping gentle ambient and is very lovely too. This is the kind of thing I come to Basinski for. Beautiful stuff. This track is only featured on the cd & download though, and my review is for the cd release. The LP I believe includes two exclusive mixes of the title track, so Basinski completists need to buy this on both formats.
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