William Basinski + Richard Chartier
Untitled 1-3

[Line, www.12K.com]

William Basinski
The River

[2062, www.mmlxii.com]

  Original edition of "Untitled 1 -3" by William Basinski and Richard Chartier came out around the time of my son's birth. I remember the smell of that spring when the possibilities of new life were endless. I used to listen to the original Spekk release nearly every night to keep the cries of my just born baby at bay. The sound of Chartier elements from early 90s along with Basinski elements from 2003 played on the Voyetra 8 make for a magnetic listening session. Repetitive, cyclic drones are built up from scratch but at no time is there an emphasis on the bestiality of the harnessed power. Rather, this is a calming vision - one where objects are more or less at rest. Magnificent re-issue also includes two new tracks [one mixed by each of the artists], each of which is a tad grainier, more solidly defined than the two original longish tracks. Masterful piece of work, one that four years on, solidly defies any progress of time.

  Recorded in 1982 and originally released twenty years later, no doubt "The River" was a seminal release for William Basinski. Now seeing its reissue on his 2062 imprint, the album sounds as forceful and has as much impact six years on. In using only dilapidated tape loops and sections of shortwave radio blurbs, Basinski composed two pieces of around three-quarters of an hour each. First bit is made up of somnambulant concoctions of drab landscapes, filtered through clinking glass-like, reverb cocoons. The further the piece progresses, the more you're able to key in on particular details. Tid-bits of glass contraptions and hushed motifs prevail throughout. Intermittent sounds of a ship approaching the harbour induce a feeling of a place on the waterfront [hence the title]. Second piece continues along familiar territory, but here the sounds tend to be more refined. It's as if the composer was making an attempt at honing in on overall feel of the piece, rather than fine details themselves. Result works well, as the music takes on an absorbing quality, prancing towards an overtly all-inclusive drone. This analogue drone sifts, lulls and comes and goes. Closest thing would be a comparison to an ocean tide. Its ebb and flow nature makes for a great listen. As the ears settle on the ebb, the flow is just around the corner. Never lilting with abandonment of ideas, nor lulling in the usual ambient way, "The River" stands the test of time as an exemplary source for well thought-out concepts and an atmosphere that is both natural and somewhat eerie at once.

- Tom Sekowski


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