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New Basinski + Chartier Collaboration

A 12-minute excerpt from the forthcoming Divertissement

The Important Records label has posted an excerpt from a new album-length collaboration between the accomplished minimal sound explorers William Basinski and Richard Chartier. The collection, Divertissement, follows the duo’s Untitled 1-3 album from 2004 and single-track Aurora Liminalis from 2013, both of which were released on Line, which Chartier himself runs. The new record has two tracks, and this 12-minute excerpt ends suddenly, the cutoff quite a contrast to the evocative music that precedes it. The track mixes human voices and insectoid percusssive particulate amid a thick and quickly shifting drone, lending the work a considerable sense of depth, place, and motion.

The accompanying liner note gives some background: “The duo utilize electronics, piano, tape-loops and short wave radio to evoke a dense atmosphere suggesting hundreds of years of history rising up from the depths of a reverberating cathedral. Subtle, buried and intense murmurs of melody morph through this deeply consuming and slowly evolving composition in two parts.”

It’s been a busy year for Basinski, best known for his haunting Disintegration Loops. He released The Deluge in May and Cascade in April.

Track originally posted at More from Chartier at and Basinski at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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