News: William Basinski to bring his magisterial ‘Disintegration Loops’ to The Barbican next June

INCREDIBLE news for lovers of the drone and the textural; New York sound artist and composer William Basinski is to bring his masterful degrading tape-loop work The Disintegration Loops and last year’s set for Temporary Residence, Lamentations, to the awesome brutalist architecture and superb acoustics of London’s Barbican next summer.

The concert will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the magisterial four-album series The Disintegration Loops – a work born literally from disintegrating tape loops slowly deteriorating as they passed over a tape head – the unexpected results of the artist’s attempt to transfer his earlier recordings to digital format.

The Disintegration Loops has been described as “ambient waves of sound, like heavy breath that washes through the listening body: deeply emotional sounds filled with multiple textures, tones, drones and shades that are as hauntingly beautiful as they are sombre.” It’s an astonishing sonic experience.

The evening will see the London Contemporary Orchestra perform an orchestral arrangement of The Disintegration Loops; and a solo performance of 2020’s Lamentations by the man himself.

For more information and tickets, click through here. It will be stunning.

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