William Basinski is a classically trained clarinetist and saxophonist, avant-garde composer, sound artist and video artist who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years.
Born in 1958 in Houston, Texas, Basinski specializes in compositions for loops and drones. He began experimenting with piano and tape to create via looped and overdubbed melodies on Variations - A Movement in Chrome Primitive (1980), and A Red Score in Tile (1979). Basinski’s prolific output employs obsolete technology and analogue tape loops for haunting and melancholic soundscapes exploring the temporal nature of life with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. The 4-disc masterwork, The Disintegration Loops received international critical acclaim and was widely regarded as one of the top albums of 2004, while the reissue of The Temporary Residence in 2012 was awarded a perfect score of 10 on Pitchfork.
Basinski’s installations and film work made in collaboration with artist-filmmaker James Elaine have been presented at festivals and museums internationally, and his concerts are performed to sold out crowds around the world. Basinski was selected by Antony Hegarty to create music for the Robert Wilson opera, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic which had its world premiere at the Manchester International Festival in July 2011, and subsequently toured Europe and North America. Orchestral transcriptions of The Disintegration Loops by Maxim Moston have been performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queen Elizabeth Hall and La Batie Festival in Geneva, Switzerland. Most recently Basinski toured the world in support of his latest work, the David Bowie tribute A Shadow In Time.