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William Basinski

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Basinski is a musician, composer and auteur who has worked in experimental media for over twenty years.  His compositional approach utilises forms of generative music technique similar to the working strategies of Brian Eno on his "Systems Series" works, focusing in on what at first seems to be very simple interactions between a restricted number of meticulously calculated and placed cycling motifs [tape loops slowly disintegrating, shortwave radio static], but which, over time interact and layer into a complex and delicate form of self-perpetuating music.  Essentially improvising using nothing so much as the passage of time as his instrument, Basinski creates works of great melancholic depth and fragile beauty.

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