WILLIAM BASINSKI – A Red Score In Tile

(Three Poplars)

Another beauty by Basinski, this time on vinyl. “A red score in tile” is a 1979 piece, based on a single loop whose sound quality is very similar to the (by now famous) “Disintegration” ones, as the slow piano phrase characterizing the whole LP sounds slightly out of tune and missing more frequencies as the record goes on. Think how Erik Satie could have sounded like if his most famous pieces had been inserted in a muffling mix after dropping him down a couple of octaves: a lament of decaying sounds, the feeling of a growing sorrow; on top of everything, William has once again managed to touch my heart very deeply. I suggest you to listen to this in a sunny late afternoon; you could have a lot of secrets revealed.

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