The Disintegration Loops

William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops
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Based on 217 ratings
2002 Ratings: #13
Liked by 4 people
2002 / Release Date
LP / Format
Musex / Label
Ambient, Minimalism / Genres
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This is the kind of record you hear once and go "holy shit"... then don't really come back to it much

Now I loved this experience for sure, it was one of a kind and left me feeling bleak and empty afterwards, but I do feel it is slightly a one-trick wonder in which, you have your first captivating listen but then don't really come back that often, due to the sheer magnitude of the album, specifically the first song. It definitely remains memorable but... why? That's something I can't ... read more
although this album doesn't have much replay value, with the first track being over an hour, it was an amazing experience. The tapes were initially recorded in 1980, and 2 decades later he decided to move them onto a digital platform, but the tapes were slowly deteriorating by then and you can hear in the recording the disintegration of the loop as the tapes play on, backed by the added reverb. Regarding the entire series of albums, Disintegration Loops I-IV, this an experience that is ... read more
Basinski's opus is one of the most important releases in ambient's history, and it's very challenging to describe what makes it enjoyable, in spite of it's ultimate simplicity. Listening to these incredibly beautiful pieces of music 'disintegrate' into some corrupt mutation of themselves is... perhaps not terrifying, but really depressing. This old song begins youthful and sounds with life, but gradually fades into a frail version of itself.

Although what's happening here is so simple, it's ... read more
This is an experience that can not be explained by words, but rather by basking in its momentous rays of sonic magnificence.
☆☆☆☆½ — magnificent
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