William Basinski “d|p 1.1″ // The Disintegration Loops // Modern Classical Music
This is clearly one of the best musical illustrations about life, death and the afterlife. And it was clearly by accident.
To quickly summarize the story: William Basinski was archiving tapes to digital but his archiving process was destroying already ancient tapes and he ended up recording the death of his self-made ambient loops. To add more to this, he ended up listening to the playbacks on 11 September 2001 and it became for him a personal soundtrack for the tragic events unfolding before his very eyes in New York City. Whether you see this as a 9/11 soundtrack, this is without a doubt a moving piece of work … all four discs to be precise.