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William Basinski, Emily Sprague (free)

  • Memorial Union Play Circle 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Revered avant-garde composer William Basinski graces the Play Circle for a show that nearly became a secret. Info

Photo by James Elaine.

Photo by James Elaine.

When William Basinski released The Disintegration Loops, a collection that'll likely always be viewed as his magnum opus, the collection sent shockwaves through the music community. Each of the four volumes of its initial release were inextricably connected to a time where the world was still grieving the 9/11 attacks. On the album's cover is the smoke wafting over the New York City skyline in the wake of the collisions, which served as a real-time visual backdrop for Basinski while he listened to playback of a preservation process that led to the unintended erasure of his own recorded history.

While The Disintegration Loops served as a landmark achievement for Basinski, that collection's become a small but important part of an extended oeuvre. Last month, Basinski released On Time Out Of Time, his 26th studio album (and second for the Temporary Residence Ltd. label). Across that expansive discography, the humanity that served as the crux for Basinski's signature release remains steadfast. Both Basinski's studio work and live show have been noted for their commitment to both invoking and evoking pure emotion, something that provides this barely-publicized stop another layer of enticement. Florist's Emily A. Sprague will be opening the show, providing the evening with enough additional warmth that the cold rain in the forecast will hardly matter. —Steven Spoerl

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