The Disintegration Loops

William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops
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2002 Ratings: #29
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Removed from the context of that disaster and transposed into the mundane world we live in every day, The Disintegration Loops still wield an uncanny, affirming power. It's the kind of music that makes you believe there is a Heaven, and that this is what it must sound like.


You know an album is something special when the cover is an accurate representation of the overall tone of the experience you're going to be in for.

Another record I found through browsing RYM, The Disintegration Tapes is a 73min Ambient / Drone album from 2002 that is regarded as one of the best of these genres.

Throughout the 80s, Basinski recorded from found sound sources, shortwave radio and delay systems, influenced by musicians like Steve ... read more


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


unsurpassable (★★★★★)


This album literally destroyed me mentally.


Music to be Hollow to

It’s impossible for there to be another project like The Disintegration Loops. Too many circumstantial aspects fell perfectly into place to create this project. It’s chilling to hear the tape distort and fade away as it keeps going. It’s like the life this project has is being slowly snuffed until almost nothing is left. It perfectly captures the feelings of this horrible time in our history

That said, I would call this project “Annual at ... read more

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Track List

  1. dlp 1.1
  2. dlp 2.1

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