Saturday, April 17, 2010

Two and a Half Questions with William Basinski

92982 is indeed a blast from the past. How much post-production work, if any, have you done on this archived recording?
a bit... it's hard to remember now, but i'm sure i agonized over it. there was some minor editing and possibly a little eqing. my recording technique in those days was atrocious, so it's always frustrating now to try to work with some of these old recordings, but I've become more forgiving about certain things I can't change that are just part of the texture and life of the piece... other things like certain mistakes that I hated then and now usually get edited out. but... the mistakes back then taught me a lot and led to some great discoveries... some of them though are just mistakes. so i try to be thoughtful about the editing and really true to the session.

How much do you remember of that day that would spawn your new direction? And how much of that memory is preserved and triggered by this music?
i can picture the space and the evening and the windows open... everything comes back when i hear this. it was a very happy productive time. we were broke, and working most of the time, but couldn't wait to get home to our space station to continue with the real work of discovery!

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Read the entire interview on Headphone Commute

See also Headphone Commute review of William Basinski's 92982 |

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