Bass Communion

Real Name:
Steven John Wilson
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Bass Communion is a project of Steven Wilson. The records released under this name are in an ambient, drone, and/or electronic vein. They come about as experiments in texture made from processing instrumental performances and field recordings - with the exception of the first three albums, which include some electronic sources.

Bass Communion has collaborated with many leading experimental musicians, including Robert Fripp of King Crimson, saxophonist Theo Travis, Muslimgauze, and Dirk Serries (on the ongoing Continuum (2) project).
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Albums

STONE036CD Bass Communion - Bass Communion album art Bass Communion Bass Communion (Album) 3rd Stone STONE036CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
sol 89 cd, sol89cd Bass Communion - Bass Communion v Muslimgauze album art Bass Communion v Muslimgauze Bass Communion v Muslimgauze - Bass Communion v Muslimgauze (Album) Soleilmoon Recordings, Soleilmoon Recordings sol 89 cd, sol89cd US 1999 Sell This Version
BRI 53, BRI53 Bass Communion - Atmospherics album art Bass Communion Atmospherics(CD) Bruton Music, Bruton Music, Zomba Production Music, Zomba Production Music BRI 53, BRI53 UK 1999 Sell This Version
hi-art 4, hi-art 4ep Bass Communion - Bass Communion (II) album art Bass Communion Bass Communion (II) (EP, Album) Hidden Art, Hidden Art hi-art 4, hi-art 4ep UK 1999 Sell This Version
none Bass Communion - Bass Communion (III) album art Bass Communion Bass Communion (III) (Album) Burning Shed none Europe 2001 Sell This Version
BCCD5 Bass Communion - Reconstructions And Recycling album art Bass Communion Reconstructions And Recycling (Album) Headphone Dust BCCD5 UK 2003 Sell This Version
icr 39 Bass Communion - Jonathan Coleclough • Bass Communion • Colin Potter album art Jonathan ColecloughBass CommunionColin Potter Jonathan ColecloughBass CommunionColin Potter - Jonathan Coleclough • Bass Communion • Colin Potter (Album) ICR icr 39 UK 2003 Sell This Version
HDBCCD9 Bass Communion - Ghosts On Magnetic Tape album art Bass Communion Ghosts On Magnetic Tape (Album) Headphone Dust HDBCCD9 UK 2004 Sell This Version
HDBCCD9X Bass Communion - Ghosts On Magnetic Tape (Reconstruction By Andrew Liles) album art Bass Communion Ghosts On Magnetic Tape (Reconstruction By Andrew Liles)(CD, Ltd) Headphone Dust HDBCCD9X UK 2004 Sell This Version
TFC 102 Bass Communion - Indicates Void album art Bass Communion Indicates Void (Album) Tonefloat TFC 102 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
SOLV 011 Bass Communion - Loss album art Bass Communion Loss (Album) Soleilmoon Recordings, Soleilmoon Recordings SOLV 011 US 2006 Sell This Version
tf27 Bass Communion - The Continuum Recyclings, Volume One album art Continuum (2) / Bass Communion & Vidnaobmana* Continuum (2) / Bass Communion & Vidnaobmana* - The Continuum Recyclings, Volume One (Album) Tonefloat tf27 Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
imprec193 Bass Communion - Molotov And Haze album art Bass Communion Molotov And Haze (Album) Important Records (2) imprec193 US 2008 Sell This Version
Imprec194 Bass Communion - Live In Mexico City album art Bass Communion / Pig (4) Bass Communion / Pig (4) - Live In Mexico City (Album) Important Records (2) Imprec194 US 2008 Sell This Version
E=mc16 Bass Communion - Pacific Codex album art Bass Communion Pacific Codex (Album) Equation Records (2) E=mc16 US 2006 Sell This Version
hdbccd19 Bass Communion - Chiaroscuro album art Bass Communion Chiaroscuro (Album) Headphone Dust hdbccd19 UK 2009 Sell This Version
tf114 Bass Communion - Cenotaph album art Bass Communion Cenotaph (Album) Tonefloat tf114 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
IMPREC423 Bass Communion - Bass Communion / Freiband album art Bass Communion / Freiband Bass Communion / Freiband - Bass Communion / Freiband (MiniAlbum) Important Records (2) IMPREC423 US 2015 Sell This Version
kurzwellen 8 Bass Communion - Kurzwellen 8 album art Precision Surgery, Bass Communion Precision Surgery, Bass Communion - Kurzwellen 8 Kurzwellen (2) kurzwellen 8 Netherlands 2018 Sell This Version
TF194 Bass Communion - VL Tones album art Bass Communion / Freiband Bass Communion / Freiband - VL Tones(3xCD, Ltd, Num) Tonefloat TF194 Netherlands 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

sol106cd Bass Communion - Bass Communion v Muslimgauze EP album art Bass Communion v Muslimgauze Bass Communion v Muslimgauze - Bass Communion v Muslimgauze EP(CD, EP) Soleilmoon Recordings sol106cd US 2000 Sell This Version
gg85 Bass Communion - Vajrayana / Aum Shinrikyo album art Bass Communion Vajrayana / Aum Shinrikyo (Single) Klanggalerie gg85 Austria 2004 Sell This Version
none Bass Communion - Drone Works #6 album art Bass Communion Drone Works #6 (EP) Twenty Hertz none UK 2004 Sell This Version
tf28 Bass Communion - Untitled album art Bass Communion vs The Use Of Ashes Bass Communion vs The Use Of Ashes - Untitled(12", EP, Lac) Tonefloat tf28 Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
TF57 Bass Communion - Fusilier ; Pulse On Fire album art Bass Communion // Fear Falls Burning Bass Communion // Fear Falls Burning - Fusilier ; Pulse On Fire Tonefloat TF57 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version

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flowerbed

flowerbed

June 25, 2020
As a postlude to the other reviewers recommendation of listening to 'II' as an entry point to Bass Communion, I would also suggest chucking your other portable devices, screens and anything that is likely to distract into another room and close the door. Allow yourself to be immersed without reaching for the internet as a 'companion activity'. Allow the music to do its thing.

Even better, wait till the sun goes down and switch off ALL the lights.
Chalkers

Chalkers

April 27, 2020
Steven Wilson's Ambient alter-ego. His music is more recently delving into drone and 'musique concrète' territory; earlier albums being more traditionally 'ambient'. I certainly prefer the more ambient side to Bass Communion but it's all interesting stuff, even if not always to my tastes. All Bass Communion music is melancholic but some of it is very unsettling - casual listeners who enjoy Steven's solo career or Porcupine Tree's will not necessarily understand this body of music. I recommend newcomers start with 'Bass Communion II' and if they enjoy that, move to the much darker (but fantastic) 'Ghosts On Magnetic Tape'. If 'Bass Communion II' isn't your thing and you still want to hear what all the fuss is about I'd suggest listening to the individual tracks: 'Glacial', 'Drugged', 'Ghosts On Magnetic Tape II', 'Piano/Soprano Saxophone' and 'Conflux'.

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