The Disintegration Loops

The Disintegration Loops
Studio album by William Basinski
Released 2002
Recorded 1982[1]
Genre Avant-garde, Ambient, Drone
Length 74:28
Label 2062
William Basinski chronology
The Disintegration Loops
The River

The Disintegration Loops is an album by William Basinski and was released in 2002. It is the first of the Disintegration Loops series, followed by II, III and IV.



Loops is based on Basinski's attempts to salvage earlier recordings made on magnetic tape, by transferring them into digital format; however, the tape had physically deteriorated to the point that, as it passed by the read/write head, the ferrite detached from the plastic backing and fell off. Basinski has alleged that he finished the project the morning of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, and sat on the roof of his apartment building in Brooklyn with friends listening to the project as the WTC towers collapsed.[2] In 2011 Basinski corrected earlier reports where he described recording the last hour of daylight of 9/11 in NYC with a video camera focused on the smoke where the towers were from a neighbors roof, then set the first loop as the soundtrack to that footage. Stills from that video were used as the covers for the set of four CDs.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (9.4/10)[3]
Nth Position (favorable)[4]
Stylus (A+)[5]
Scaruffi (7.5/10)[6]

The music review online magazine Pitchfork Media placed The Disintegration Loops at number 30 on their list of top 50 albums of 2004[7] and at number 196 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[8] It was also named the 86th best album of the decade by Resident Advisor.,[9] and the 10th best of the 2000s by Tiny Mix Tapes.[10]

On the afternoon of September 11th, 2011, Basinski's work was performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as a live orchestration to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.[11]

Track listing

  1. "d|p 1.1"' – 63:33
  2. "d|p 2.1" – 10:55


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2] Haunted Ink
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ Nth Position review
  5. ^ Stylus review
  6. ^ Scaruffi review
  7. ^ Pitchfork staff (December 31, 2004). "Top 50 Albums of 2004". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 albums of the '00s". Resident Advisor. January 25, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  10. ^ Keith Kawaii (February 2010). "Favorite 100 Albums of 2000 - 2009". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ [3] Tiny Mix Tapes - Disintegration Loops Live NYC Performance

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