Originally debuted on our monthly NTS radio show, William Basinski & Lawrence English excavate the sense of eternal reveal that hides within the folds of their first collaborative album, Selva Oscura. Sharing musical obsessions that range from the minimalist compositions of Sarah Davachi and Éliane Radigue to the introspective electronica of Félicia Atkinson, Grouper and Kara-Lis Coverdale, Bleep Mix #45 is an hour of perfect sound, forever frozen.
Jlin - First Overture (Spiritual Atom)
Marina Rosenfeld - I Launch an Attack…
Klara Lewis - Too
Félicia Atkinson - Lighter Than Aluminium
Grouper - Children
Natalie Beridze - For Love
Jana Winderen - Untitled
France Jobin - S Orbital
Kara-Lis Coverdale - Touch Me & Die
Beatriz Ferreyra - Echos
Éliane Radigue - L'Île Re-Sonante
Swans - In My Garden
Sarah Davachi - Evensong
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Despite having been in close contact for over half a decade, Selva Oscura marks the first time William Basinski + Lawrence English have collaborated. Recorded in Brisbane and Los Angeles simultaneously and created through a process of iteration and rearrangement, Selva Oscura (hopefully the first of many collaborations) sets out a towering session of absorbing ambient that sees each artist really push the other towards new areas of twilight dynamics...
Drawing the album title from Dante’s Inferno, Selva Oscura offers us a flotation tank of subaquatic sound where the calm intensity interlinks with the darker corners of each of their minds to capture a maze of endlessly acoustic topography. During the recording sessions for the album, the pair focused in on the concept of drifting into strangely familiar territories, and while the hallmarks of Room 40 and of course, Basinski's Disintegration Loops do swim to the surface, there are zoned out tones that threaten to block out memory as much as any feeling of association.
Each movement evolves into the next within the parameter of one great mass of ever-shifting drones, the album's coherence maintains the feeling of the music in a constant state of flux and unfolding. Meaning as each moment fades away, another is conceded in its place to create a sense of eternal reveal.
As you would expect from these titans of cold water ambient, Selva Oscura is as much a process as a listening experience, endlessly chiselling away the micro and macro characteristics of raw sonic materials, while never stopping to try and find the light.
- 1 Mono No Aware 1.1 5:39 William Basinski + Lawrence English Buy
- 2 Mono No Aware 1.2 1:16 William Basinski + Lawrence English Buy
- 3 Mono No Aware 1.3 6:48 William Basinski + Lawrence English Buy
- 4 Mono No Aware 1.4 5:02 William Basinski + Lawrence English Buy
- 5 Selva Oscura 1.1 6:09 William Basinski + Lawrence English Buy
- 6 Selva Oscura 1.2 5:09 William Basinski + Lawrence English Buy
- 7 Selva Oscura 1.3 4:02 William Basinski + Lawrence English Buy
- 8 Selva Oscura 1.4 4:34 William Basinski + Lawrence English Buy
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