The Disintegration Loops I

Release date
19 Mar 2012
Running length
2 tracks
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1 dlp 1.1 63:35 12,152
2 dlp 2.1 10:55 8,853

About this album

The Disintegration Loops I is the first recording from a series of four records released by 2062, cataloging William Basinski’s pieces of process music, The Disintegration Loops. It was released in 2003, and has ever since been somewhat mythic and well-known, for avant-garde music especially, due to its association with the 9/11 attacks. Contained within its liner notes, Basinski’s words describing the recording process for The Loops recount the genesis of the sounds against the backdrop of his eyewitness relationship to the aftermath of 9/11 and how those sounds, as will soon become clear, held a metaphoric relationship to the incident.

Mr. Basinski wanted to create audio backup and store old music he had recorded to tape in the eighties. He acquired the hardware to accomplish that task and set it into motion; however, along the way, he noticed that the recording head in contact with sections of magnetic tape was destroying the composition of the material on the tape itself. He feared this would ruin his goal entirely, but instead noticed that the process was still generating a backup of the sound on the tape as it decayed. Perhaps the tapes were old, or perhaps the hardware malfunctioned - either way, he was delighted to find that he essentially heard the erasing process, and he recorded the slow decay of the piece for many hours.

The result on this album is usually in this form: the theme is introduced for a loop, it presents itself softly and without any changes at first. As the loop progresses, elements of the theme seem to granularly evaporate.

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  • Spoike

    Why does this have such dumb tags attached to it

    12 Jul 7:39pm Reply
  • Akayz7

    I like it. It's an intriguing experience. Not the best ambient I've heard though, but refreshing.

    16 Mar 12:17pm Reply
  • SeriaMau

    Dumb. I'll never understand why so many people love the hell out of listening to a shitty loop get shittier sounding over the course of an hour when there is such good ambient and drone music out there.

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Olh256

    I'm going to die and I ain't even mad.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • hasture

    powerful stuff

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • BlockJuice


    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Ali-Red

    this is perhaps what a swan song means, the sound of rust in your lungs, slowly changing and dying out, pfft what a nice piece, a sweet sorrow indeed.

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ItsElementary

    better than music

    27 Oct 2010 Reply
  • RVeur23

    perfect while coding...!

    4 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Tatem

    I listen to this album every 9/11. Brings me to tears. Never forget.

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Murmeln


    14 Mar 2009 Reply
  • BilboBigos

    beautifully boring

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
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