Published Apr 16, 2009Longtime avant composer William Basinski is set to drop another "new" collection of blissed-out ambient drones this month. It's called 92982 and will follow-up last year's Untitled I-III on April 20 via the 51-year-old's 2062 imprint.
In typical Basinski fashion, the four-track, 60-minute effort follows in the footsteps of his landmark series The Disintegration Loops I-IV, with the loop pedlar once again digging into his archival recordings and reworking several decades-old pieces into a newly imagined bit of electronic ambience.
In the words of Basinski:
[92982 is] something from a long time ago... In Brooklyn, 351 Jay Street... A fruitful evening in the studio... Home at last after a day of work at the answering service, answering phones for Calvin Klein, Bianca Jagger, Steve Rubell, and all the other somebody people...
In our space station: home in my studio experimenting live. James is in the adjacent studio painting masterpieces. Roger is in the front, gluing old shoes on canvas and painting them orange... I'm clicking the old Norelcos back and forth between channels... All the windows are open. The sound is spreading all over downtown Brooklyn mixing with the helicopters, sirens, pot smoke and fireworks...
It's crunchy, it's distorted... it's Basinski archive circa 1982. The third track some of you may recognize: a shorter version was included as "Variation #8" on Variations: A Movement In Chrome Primitive. So, this night in the studio spawned a direction I would follow for some time. As I love this document of that night, I thought you might like to put what came later into context, so I'm releasing this archival recording. The last track is a newly recorded reprise of the first track that I recorded with the original loop in February 2009 in Los Angeles.
Over on Basinski's MySpace page, you can currently check out an excerpt of 92982.