Melancholic Analog Ambient: William Basinski
There’s a sense of longing in his sound, for lovers of whale song and early Brian Eno.
William Basinski (Photo: Getty)
The infinitely weird and brilliant avant-garde sound artist, composer and all-round electronic wizard’s output is large. His 2020 LP Lamentations delves into his back catalog of analog material for a contrastingly new experience to his previous work. Classically trained in clarinet and saxophone, the inviting yet unsettling New Yorker has revolutionised the way reel-to-reel tape decks can be used, drawing inspiration from revered minimalists such as Brian Eno and Steve Reich.
For over 20 years Basinski has played with sound pulled directly from the airwaves with both cheap and hyped recording equipment to create his unique melancholic mode. Cast yourself back to late 80s/early 90s bohemia with his earlier work, made in his legendary Arcadia loft often frequented by the likes of Jeff Buckley.
Words by Alexandra Pereira.
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