The Disintegration Loops

William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops
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2002 Ratings: #20
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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
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
am i nothing yet?

Hearing the 2 tracks slowly loop until they disintegrate into nothingness is such an overwhelming experience. while listening to this album i felt like i was ripped from existence and was slowly being teleported to another realm.

the concept of William Basinski basically looping these tracks until they die is so simple yet genius, and the process is something to behold and surprisingly interesting.
#54 Of Jamal's Top 100 Favorite Albums

Distengration Loops might seem like a regular ambient/tape music album but it much more than that
released a year after the 9/11 attacks Basinki dedicated the 4 album series to the 9/11 victims and the people effected by it
It the type of album that can give certain emotions and how you take the music in making the album even more heartbreaking
I don't think this album is genius or anything lmao but it's soothing I guess
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