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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

"yet another lunchbox"

One of the few New Year resolutions
LMYE has managed to keep this year is a commitment to hear more William Basinski. Immerse yourself in a rich recent live rendition (this one, it seems) of the vastly moving, breath-like Vivian & Ondine below, in full or via a hand-tooled hack...

With no apology for requoting, WB on V & O's genesis: "
'...I got back to work and found yet another lunchbox of ancient tape-loops to go through for possible inclusion in the new piece. I came across the main theme and thought...well, this is gorgeous; let's see if we can use this to coax Viv to come out. I went through the rest of them and found another dozen or so that mixed well used randomly, just under the threshold.

"The next night I performed the piece at Issue with their 16 channel hemispherical speaker system set to move the sounds randomly around the room as if waves in a pool. We all had a really good time. It was mesmerizing."

William Basinski > Vivian & Ondine [live extract] (from Vivian & Ondine [live])

Photos by sierus (top) & unknown (bottom: please advise!).

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