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William Basinski  DLP 6   Options The Disintegration Loops IV    MP3  For a collection of music built around the poignant inevitability of decay, there has been a great many hopeful and inspired words devoted to William Basinski's The Disintegration Loops: stunning, ethereal, majestic, transfixing, life-affirming… and for good reason. From its 20-year gestation period to its infamously fateful completion, The Disintegration Loops is one of the most powerful manifestations of the inevitable cycle of life ever committed to tape, even as it documents the inevitable decay of all that is committed to tape. The very passage of time is its most effective instrument. Not only lauded by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Pitchfork, NPR and dozens more, The Disintegration Loops have become considered by many to be “one of the most pre-eminent American artistic statements of the 21st Century.” 
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Neil Leonard  Sonance for the Precession I   Options Sonance for the Precession  Williams College Museum of Art  Vinyl  The electroacoustic composition Sonance for the Precession was commissioned by Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). The piece furthers Leonard's practice in large scale sound installation, with recent commissions by documenta, Venice Biennale, and Fujiko Nakaya of Experiments in Art at Technology. The original composition, created for the quad adjacent to WCMA, played from the dome of the historic Hopkins Observatory, the oldest working astronomical observatory in the United States. The durational work explored ancient ideas connecting the precession, or movement, of the equinox with the harmonic series. Each day, the music began just a minute or two earlier than the previous day—mirroring the disappearing sunlight as day turned to night and autumn shifted to winter. 30 minutes of the composition played daily. The composition provided a context to reflect on how Hindu and Greek theories of astronomy and acoustics developed through intercultural exchange as far back as prehistoric times. Working closely with WCMA and producer/engineer Joe Branciforte, Leonard remixed Sonance for the Precession specially for LP and stereo listening. The result is a stunning long form composition that brings the sense of contemplation, cosmic motion and intimate timbral nuance of the installation to your living room, headphones and/or car stereo. LINER NOTES In the early days of fall when the air was warm and the Williams campus was abuzz with activity, an other-worldly sound could be heard mixing with the cacophony of students hanging out nearby, trucks rumbling along Massachusetts Route 2, the constant reverberations from a facilities power plant to the south, and the daily ringing of belIs at Thompson Memorial Chapel to the north. Sonance for the Precession, an electroacoustic composition created by Neil Leonard specifically for the quad adjacent to the Williams College Museum of Art, played for 30 minutes each day half an hour before sunset from September to December 2019. The installation highlighted the historic Hopkins Observatory, the oldest extant astronomical observatory in the United States, constructed by Williams Professor Albert Hopkins and his students from 1636-8. The durational work explored ancient ideas connecting the precession, or movement, of the equinox with the harmonic series. Each day the music began just a minute or two earlier than the previous day, mirroring the disappearing sunlight as day turned to night and autumn shifted to winter. It began in September with the final 30 minutes of the hour-long composition and ended in December with the first 30 minutes. Over the course of 12 weeks, each 30 minute increment shifted 20 seconds earlier in the composition­ just as the sun set incrementally earlier-allowing for 20 seconds of new material to be heard each day. The entire 60 minute piece could only be heard over all 84 daily listenings. The composition, remixed here in two sections of 19 minutes each, provides a context to reflect on how Hindu and Greek theories of astronomy and acoustics developed through intercultural exchange as far back as prehistoric times. Leonard was originally invited in 2018 to Williams College to participate with musician Miguel Nunez and artist Nestor Sire in the annual Plonkser Family Lecture, which celebrated its 25th anniversary that year with a performance program and conversation about artistic practice inside and outside of Cuba. Leonard's visit rekindled a longtime friendship with composer and Williams professor of music, Ileana Perez Velazquez, and sparked plans for future collaborations. He returned to Williams a year later as the Arthur Levitt, Jr. '52 Artist-in-Residence, an annual fellowship that promotes new perspectives and cooperative endeavors among the arts. He and Velazquez co-taught a course on electronic music. Their curriculum focused on sharing the breadth of electronic music as a means of articulating narratives from various cultures; bridging artistic mediums, such as music, dance, video and installation art; and pointing to new artistic modes of practice for the 21st century. The residency also occasioned the commission of Sonance for the Precession. As the project came into being, Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Hopkins Observatory, advised on the placement of the speakers on the landmark observatory building. He brought his Astronomy 101 students to experience the installation, and invited Leonard to the class where together they discussed precession with the students. In his textbook, The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, Pasachoff describes precession as a result of the Earth's spinning like a top, with a wobble that has a period of 26,000 years. The Earth's axis now points close to a middling-bright star, Polaris (actually almost a degree away), but in ten thousand years or so it will be pointing to Vega. In about 26,000 years, it will be back to pointing near Polaris again. In reflecting on the project, Pasachoff said, "Every day, the orientation of the sky overhead is slightly different, one of the things Leonard celebrates in his installation. His timing also notes that the Earth's view of the stars is from a slightly different viewpoint every day, as the Earth orbits the Sun in 365 ¼ days, meaning that the same stars rise about 4 minutes earlier every day;' Whether they sought it out, happened upon it, or were subjected to ii, music, science, and art students, those who lived in the adjacent dorms, and those who simply traversed the quad on the way to the dining hall, as well as museum visitors and community passersby of all ages, brought their own stories and embodied experiences to the work. The din of everyday life blended with the sonic intervention, creating a wholly new acoustic experience with each encounter. As the work drew to a close, students vacated campus for the winter holiday and darkness began falling as early as 3:50 pm. Snow blanketed the ground and hushed much of the external noise, allowing Leonard's ethereal com position to linger heavy in the air. Sound washed over any intrepid, hopefully well-bundled, listener who was willing to brave the elements for a half hour trip from Williamstown to Polaris and from 2019 back to the time of Pythagoras. As this record comes out, a year after the installation, the world has changed. While we adjust to living, learning, teaching, and experiencing art at a distance, this recording both documents the original work and provides an entirely different kind of encounter, one well-suited to this moment of separation and solitude: defined by the intimacy of listening from home, the physicality of slipping the vinyl from its cardboard sleeve, placing it on the turntable, and being transported to wherever and whenever the music takes you. Lisa Dorin, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Williams College Museum of Art credits released July 3, 2021 
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Seiji Morimoto  Ring + Balance   Options Ring + Balance / Solo With Background  Edition Telemark  Vinyl  The Festival Experimentelle Musik is a music festival in Munich, organized by Stephan Wunderlich and Edith Rom, that has been held annually in December since 1983. One of the festival's unique characteristics is the way the performances are organized: Each is limited to 20 to 25 minutes and all take place in direct succession without pauses, on previously set-up small stages. In 2017, Seiji Morimoto and Yan Jun performed after each other. Seiji's piece was called "Ring + Balance", he used small speakers, microphones and amplifiers on a table to create feedback rings that were eventually distorted by alarm clocks. Yan performed "Solo With Background" in which he sat on a chair making vocal and body gestures and had two audience members announce the elapsed time every three or five minutes, respectively, according to their own inner clocks. As a spectator, Edition Telemark felt that the two performances had something in common. Their very quiet and experimental nature -- in the sense that it was impossible to anticipate what would happen and when, if at all -- made the audience listen not only to the sounds but also to the situation that had been evoked. When the label met Seiji a few weeks later in Berlin, it turned out that he had a similar feeling. Edition Telemark asked Yan and the idea was born to make a split LP of both recordings. The performances were recorded by Albert Dambeck and carefully mastered for vinyl by Werner Dafeldecker. Audience noises are an intended part of the recordings. Seiji Morimoto (b. 1971) is a Japanese sound artist and performer living in Berlin. He is interested in uncertain acoustic appearances between usual objects. Yan Jun (b. 1973) is a Chinese musician and poet based in Beijing. He works with field recordings, electronics, voice, body movement etc.: sometimes funny --always simple. Edition of 300. 
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Yan Jun  Solo With Background   Options Ring + Balance / Solo With Background  Edition Telemark  Vinyl   
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Eli Keszler  Northern Stair Projection (installation) [excerpt]   Options Northern Stair Projection      Northern Stair Projection was installed at Boston City Hall on November 18th, 2016. The installation used long strands of piano wire to transmit recordings from the boiler and security room of Boston into the massive brutalist space. The wires ran hundreds of feet upward from the floor, terminating at various levels of height in the buildings connecting different administrative levels. Previously unreleased, track one is an extended recording of the installation. 
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Yoshi Wada  The Appointed Cloud   Options The Appointed Cloud    MP3  Saltern present a remastered edition of Yoshi Wada’s The Appointed Cloud (1987), a work which Wada has often said is his favorite of his own. Staged at the Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science, The Appointed Cloud was Wada’s first large-scale, interactive installation and featured a custom pipe organ, among other homemade instruments, controlled by a computer equipped with a customized interface and software designed by engineer David Rayna, known for his work with La Monte Young. This recording captures the opening performance for which Wada brought together four musicians on bagpipes (Wada, Bob Dombrowski, and Wayne Hankin) and percussion (Michael Pugliese) to perform with the installation, operated by David Rayna. In Wada’s own words: “This performance [of The Appointed Cloud] was one of the most memorable performances I've done. The space itself—the Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science—was incredible. The building was designed for the 1964-65 World’s Fair and had spaceships hanging from the ceiling so people felt like they were traveling in outer space. It was an amazing experience with the sound of the pipe organ, sheet metal, pipe gong, and bagpipes all together. 60 minutes may seem like a long duration, but it didn't feel like it.” 
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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04am Ken From Hyde Park:

Jim the Poet: Disintegration Loops
My breakfast: Froot Loops
Avatar 3:09am HyperDose:

Jim the Poet...absolute legend!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:10am happymaan:

Hey Jim, I'm a friend from Bad Animals, digging this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:16am Jim the Poet:

Oh hey guys
Avatar 3:16am Toutevoix:

great to have you this morning !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:17am happymaan:

Hey Hyperdose...I've been seeing you a lot!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18am happymaan:

How long is this track?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18am Jim the Poet:

Time has no meaning
Avatar 3:19am Toutevoix:

Time tunnel
Avatar 3:20am Hubig Pie:

Floating......
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:21am happymaan:

I'm stuck at work waiting for a project to load.
Avatar 3:22am dan in wisconsin:

These tracks are devastating if you know their history. Brings back a lot of memories. Oddly, it's calming track if you're able to separate it from that event.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:23am happymaan:

I'm just reading about it on wikipedia now, "Basinski finished the project the morning of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, and sat on the roof of his apartment building in Brooklyn with friends as the World Trade Center collapsed. "
Avatar 3:24am HyperDose:

Hey haappymaan, you have! Have to be up a bit earlier to administer the decongestant & steroid nasal sprays. But at least I know what's going on now and there's a plan to fix it, which is good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:25am Scott67:

G'day Jim & friendly faces!
✌🤓🤙👣🎶📻☀️🌏
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:25am happymaan:

Good to hear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:26am pgalub:

Hey Jim and everyone! Glad to have you in my 3am earspace!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:29am happymaan:

Here in ATL the wait for a booster shot is 7 days, I guess that's a good thing. People are getting it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33am happymaan:

I can start working again...later folks.
Avatar 3:35am HyperDose:

Be easy, happymaan 😎
  3:40am Robm:

Hello fellow listeners
@ scott67 how are things in your fair land?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:43am Scott67:

Robm, 35°c, & Tropical strorms. 2nd day of Summer is shaping up to be a doozy mate!
👍😎🍻
  3:46am Robm:

@Scott67 stay dry and safe, hope your power stays on
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:47am Scott67:

Robm, cheers mate! 👍😎
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:48am Scott67:

Robm, how's things your end?🌏
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:07am happymaan:

Done with 2/3rds of my days work, just gotta wait for the thirds projects footage to come here now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:07am J-W from B:

Hi Jim and fellow listeners. Great set so far! it also suits the snowy greyness outside.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:08am happymaan:

Where is it snowing @J-W?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:12am J-W from B:

@happymaan I'm in Belgium. winter is about to start here. Wet and cold.. A bit jealous of Scott67 who seems to be on the other side of the globe where summer starts :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:16am happymaan:

Ah cool, yet another country I want to visit. Here it ATL the winter is still unusually warm.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:17am Jim the Poet:

Maar ik zit lekker
Avatar 4:17am HyperDose:

Our dear Paulo AD is in your country right now, J-W. The global reach of WFMU is insane.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:19am happymaan:

I just spoke with an old friends I've not spoke with in years, turns out he is a WFMU fan (no surprise) and his old roommate used to write for the blog.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:22am happymaan:

I have this on in my bedroom where my wife is sleeping, I'm afraid this part may wake her up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:25am J-W from B:

Ha Jim, Jij zit lekker binnen in een warme studio?
  4:25am pp:

experiment complete. yes you woke me up from a dream where I was sh!tting on a toilet, so maybe thanks.
  4:26am debt collector:

I guess it’s time to reconsider the wake to music setting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:26am Stanley:

This is just like my crappy alarm clock.
But I was already up so HA HA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:27am Jim the Poet:

De studio is koud, maar deze muziek houdt me om de een of andere reden warm
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:27am J-W from B:

Cool to hear Paulo is in Belgium. I am near Leuven. If he is also near we could meet up for a beer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:30am happymaan:

Nick click at the end.
  4:31am ?:

Wtf?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:31am happymaan:

You came here to say that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:32am happymaan:

I should buy some eggnog today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:43am Scott67:

HyperD, Paulo is in Bulgaria mate. Sofia.
😎🤙
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:46am Scott67:

J-w, sending you some sunshine mate!
Cheers 🍻😎🤙
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:51am Scott67:

J.-W, Paulo is actually in Bulgaria. Europe starts with b.
HyperD is probably a victim of auto correct.
  4:52am Gnomon:

Jim Et al: you should check out Robin Sloan’s project “Integration Loops”. It’s an interesting take on Disintegration loops that brings in community sourcing and AI.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:53am Jim the Poet:

I will check it out
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:53am Scott67:

G'day Stanley! So it wasn't my tinnitus?
🤓🤙
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:55am J-W from B:

@Jim Jammer dat het koud is.. Blijkbaar heb je ook een "boeiend" uitzicht vanuit je studio.
Leuk dat je Nederlands schrijft/spreekt.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:56am Scott67:

Jim, keep doin what ya do mate. Original Art should never be edited.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:56am Stanley:

'Morning Scott.
I'm surprisingly okay this morning considering the strong beers I drank yesterday. (Midweek madness)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:56am Jim the Poet:

Ik speel een beetje vals! Het is een mooi uitzicht als de zon opkomt boven New Jersey!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57am J-W from B:

@scott, thanks! much appreciated!
Bulgaria, that's a bit too far away to go for a beer indeed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:58am J-W from B:

:-) , Enjoy the sunrise!
Avatar 5:00am HyperDose:

Ah right, Bulgaria. Still waiting on the new contacts to arrive so eyes are still shite mate 😂
The sun is just about to come up through the NYC skyline. Hope you have a window over there, Jim!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01am Scott67:

Stanley, I'm 15 cans deep & counting mate. 9:pm Thursday here, living the dream.
🍺🤓🤙
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:04am Scott67:

Cool HyperD! I know the feeling. I use spectacles, they disguise my potato head.
👍🤓
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:04am Jim the Poet:

I have a window that looks down onto the loading dock for the post office
Avatar 5:07am HyperDose:

Hats off to the postal workers! It's up to them to ensure everything is hunky dory and that all those pot cookies don't make it to SM Ken's lair.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:08am Stanley:

Scott - I had a rare meet up with a friend in a city centre bar. It was most enjoyable. (Had to take a taxi home). Man, these small pleasures mean so much more now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:10am Scott67:

Stanley, don't they just mate!
✌🤓🍻💜
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:11am happymaan:

I'm still waiting around for footage to arrive. I think the sun willl come up first.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:18am Scott67:

Epic Jim!👍😎
  5:25am headlesscolin:

i liked that cough in the back, if it were keith jarrett he would have promptly put an end to the show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:38am happymaan:

Thanks @headless, now I need to listen to The Köln Concert again.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:39am happymaan:

Wow, lookup the reviews for the new movie, Benedetta.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:53am Jim the Poet:

All movies should be about nuns
Avatar 5:53am Inner Ear Detour:

@ Jim - Great show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:54am Scott67:

Except the Movies which have none in them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:56am Jim the Poet:

More Bagpipes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:57am Scott67:

Thanks Jim! Love your work mate!
✌😎🤙🎶📻☀️🌏🐰
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