Boomkat Product Review:
There's only so much hyperbole one site can shower on a given individual, yet despite currently wading neck-deep through the adjective-strewn prose which surrounds Mr Basinski, we're just going to make matters even worse I'm afraid... A double-disc reissue of his 2002 AM classic 'The River', Baskinski originally sculpted his shortwave symphony back in 1983 with little more than some anonymous Muzak tape-loops and a static blighted radio - before he set about slowing down his raw material, mixed them live to cassette from two 50s Norelco reel-to-reel decks and peppered it with a coat of shifting shortwave radio static. The result? Stunning to the power of 10. With each disc containing a single extended piece (c.45 minutes), Basinski delights in stripping away the listeners notion of time or space by denying access to the accepted markers - leaving all the senses acutely focused on the ever-morphing sound excursion before you. Of the two, disc one is the more conventional; wherein a sonorous synth pulses gently over the static-couched backdrop, whilst pin-pricks of daylight are permitted through the bellicose fog in the form of antiquated, distant strings. Swapping the emphasis on the second, Basinski fully embraces the notion of static - dissolving what must have once been solid broadcast structures in an ocean of fuzz, drawing parallels with Tod Dockstader and redefining the notion of aural decay. Basinski's masterpiece; no debate.