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Today we’re listening to William Basinski, an American ambient musician. We’ve featured Basinski four times to date, mostly focusing on the Disintegration Loops and newer works. In an interview last week with , Oneohtrix Point Never recommended a lesser-known Basinski record from 2002 called The River. OPN says in the interview:
it’s Basinski as a young man, figuring out his thing. I guess you could compare it to Eno, where you have this kind of dilated time. You could call it ambient but it has these very ghostly radio-wave transmission things that I think he was sourcing from ham radio, CB radio, maybe just AM radio. I have no idea exactly what his process was but, but it’s basically ambient music made of abstracted shortwave sounds.
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