Boomkat Product Review:
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.
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.