Event William Basinski (USA) with WPH (MEL)

William Basinski (USA) with WPH (MEL)


03 July 2018

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The IMA and Room40 are pleased to present MONO 27 featuring William Basinski and WPH.

Basinski, possibly the 21st century’s most important voice in ambient work, debuts a brand-new work On Time, Out Of Time in celebration of his 60th birthday. Best recognised for his affecting Disintegration Loops series, his work typifies subtle states of inwardly expansive audio. He is joined by Melbourne’s WPH who explores the outer orbit of textural guitar performance.

William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years in NYC and most recently, California. Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. His epic 4-disc masterwork, The Disintegration Loops received international critical acclaim and was chosen as one of the top 50 albums of 2004 by Pitchfork Media. His Temporary Residence deluxe LP box-set reissue from 2012 was awarded best re-issue of the year and a score of 10 on Pitchfork. Installations and films made in collaboration with artist-filmmaker, James Elaine have been presented in festivals and museums internationally, and his concerts are presented to sold-out crowds around the world. Most recently, Basinski was chosen by Music Director, Antony Hegarty to create music for the new Robert Wilson opera, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic which had its world premiere at the Manchester International Festival in July 2011 and toured Europe in 2012 and North America in 2013. Orchestral transcriptions of The Disintegration Loops by Maxim Moston have been performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queen Elizabeth Hall and La Batie Festival in Geneva, Switzerland.

WPH is the alias of Melbourne guitarist/sound artist Nathan Pilch. With his self-titled debut offering for Nice Music, Pilch specialises in spatially organised, low dynamics cycles in high fidelity, using just the guitar. Expertly rendered shimmer and drift is captured as if bottled from a constant stream with no discernable beginning or end. These sounds are massive and environmental if the listener allows them close enough–a compelling, obscured topography of colourfully heathered landscape. A release as inventive as it is inexplicably humanistic. For fans of Loren Connors, and Thomas Koner.

MONO is a program of sound curated by Lawrence English.

To attend MONO 27 please book your ticket here.

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