Memorials without mimesis: Abstraction and intertextuality in William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops

On September 11th 2001, the composer William Basinski completed The Disintegration Loops, a work documenting the slow decay of recorded tape loops he had unsuccessfully attempted to salvage. That same day he witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Centre from the roof of his Brooklyn apartment, his new composition providing the soundtrack to thisContinue reading “Memorials without mimesis: Abstraction and intertextuality in William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops”