Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Go to the William Basinski website  William Basinski - Variations for Piano and tape [2062 - 2006]

Variations for Piano and tape  music seems to echo  itís cover  artwork- the cover picture is of bleak,  but  beautiful costal village and the surrounding coastline. The middle of the photograph is out of line with the rest. The music is just the same -a set of melodic piano notes are taken out of their  original setting, then looped and sculptured with- like a few seconds film re -running endlessly, with each new revolution it takes on a new context and beauty.

The album consist of one four forty minute track, that repeats ,but skilful alters slightly an few piano notes and various tape ambience and noises. As the piece progress, it seems to become more haunted and out of time, the tape ambience seeming to growing the melody slipping very slowly into the background, but never fully disappearing. Itís like looking at a precious jewel, turning it in the light finding new elements of shades and  colour with in it.  The track is  a simple idea, but executed beautiful. The other bizarre thing that seems to occur, is that time plays a trick on you. Youíll sit down and play the piece, your mind becoming so interlocked with the repartition and slight altering of sound, that the piece slips away with in what seems half the time- making you want to replay it all again.

Another rewarding piece from William Basinski, who is surely making some of the most natural and beautiful music around today. Of interested to fans of all forms of ambience and loop based music or simply beautiful, but haunted sounds.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

William Basinski - Variations for...
Variations for Piano and tape  music seems to echo  itís cover  artwork- the cover picture is of bleak,  but  beautiful costal villa...
011222   Colossloth - Promethean Meat
011222   Maschinenzimmer 412 - Macht D...
011222   Orders To Kill - Orders To Ki...
011222   Jesper Nordin - Vicinities
011222   Satanís Little Helper - Satan...
011222   The Son Of The Devil - The S...
301122   Black Candles - Black Candles...
291122   .Nightmare Symphony - Nightma...
281122   There Was A Fish In The Perco...
281122   Planet Shithead/Dosis Letalis...
Latest Articles

Hastings of Malawi - Deliriously ...
Formed in the early 1980s, after the member's sonic dabbling’s on the early Nurse With Wound records, Hastings Of Malawi took a decidedly busy and deta...
231122   Hastings of Malawi - Deliriou...
011122   Raffaele Pezzella - Pursuing ...
111022   Fouke - Bigfoot walled noise
150922   Joe Sherlock - The King of mo...
230822   Sdug Bsngal - Some Scars Run ...
020822   The Night Porter & Slowgurn p...
200622   The Worse Album In The World ...
240522   Noir On Powerhouse Films - Fr...
260422   Schloss Tegal - Back To The ...
230322   The Residents - Fifty Years ...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom