William Basinski (born 1958) is a trained clarinettist and saxophonist based in New York, who is known for his electroacoustic compositions made of loops and drones. Inspired by minimalist composers such as Steve Reich and Brian Eno, he began to develop his own sound in the late 70s with cassettes and piano by using tape recorders and looping techniques.
In May 2013, Basinski will be coming to Oslo to present his monumental project, The Disintegration Loops, which was released as four albums between 2002–03. The music was constructed from twenty-year-old cassette recordings that were slowly degraded as they were copied on to a digital recorder. While he was making the tape transfers, he witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001, and the project was subsequently dedicated as an elegy to the victims.
In 2012, The Disintegration Loops was re-released on vinyl as part of a box set for the project’s tenth anniversary, as well as the opening of the 9/11 museum in Manhattan, New York.
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
Concert and talk
Included in museum ticket.