William Basinski ‎– Shortwavemusic

noton.archiv für ton und nichtton ‎– 07 lp, Rastermusic ‎– vyr012
Vinyl, LP


A On A Frontier Of Wires
B1 Evening Scars
B2 Cobalt Pools
B3 Frirge Area


The Raster-Noton web site gives this LP the catalog number of "vyr 012." The actual record, however, lists the catalog number as "07 lp." Pressed on transparent vinyl.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
20620701CD William Basinski Shortwavemusic(5xFile, MP3, 320) 2062 20620701CD US 2008
AAX-101 William Basinski Shortwavemusic(Reel, RE, Ltd) Auris Apothecary AAX-101 US 2012 Sell This Version
2062.0701 William Basinski Shortwavemusic(CD, Album, RE) 2062 2062.0701 US 2007 Sell This Version


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August 18, 2017

This is one of those release you buy alone for its sonic, historical relevance. This is sound and tape art history. These early RN release probably didn't sound the best because it was so expensive. If you need the best sound, by the CD but buy this for its significance both in Basinski's career but for its significance in sound art.


October 13, 2015
Basinski creates textural mountains from tape and radio. It's incredible that these pieces were made in 1982.


October 29, 2002

there are misprinted samples, which weren't sold because the plant didn't clean the presses properly and they have swirls of color in the clear vinyl. This in no way affects the quality of the sound.
one has been recently sold at a benefit auction in New York for Phillip Glass' new non-profit organisation for young composers for $200.00.


August 28, 2002

this album is the first of three resulting from a series of experiments in 1982 using lo-fi technology to extract sounds from the airwaves and weave them into musical tapestries. using two »norelco« reel-to-reel decks from the ’60s, a radio and a shortwave radio. basinski recorded samples of music from the radio, edited the tape into loops of varying lengths, and slowed them down. these themes were then layeded together in real time to an accompaniment of randomly shifting shortwave radio static. the themes explored were often brief excerpts [3 or 4 notes] from musak versions of popular standards by manipulating these themes and mixing them with an existing symphony of electronic information, basinski has created a series of melancholy, atmospheric aural landscapes for the listener to inhabit. the music is timeless and compelling a remarkably original experimental music album.

william basinski is a classically trained musician who attended north texas state university in the late ’70s to study jazz and composition.