Song of the Night #65: “dlp 4“ by William Basinski

Disintegration Loops is based on Basinski’s attempts to salvage earlier recordings made on magnetic tape, by transferring them into digital format; however, the tape had physically deteriorated to the point that, as it passed by the read/write head, the ferrite detached from the plastic backing and fell off.

Basinski finished the project the morning of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, and sat on the roof of his apartment building in Brooklyn with friends listening to the project as the WTC towers collapsed.

Basinski described recording the last hour of daylight of 9/11 in NYC with a video camera focused on the smoke where the towers were from a neighbours roof, then set the first loop as the soundtrack to that footage. Stills from that video were used as the covers for the set of four CDs.

Track lengths range from 12:00 to 1:03:33 in this four CD collection: The Disintegration Loops

“…And your last thought is that you have become a noise. A thin, nameless noise among all the others, Howling in the empty dark room” – Ulver, Nowhere/Catastrophe (excerpt)


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