The Wiltern | Los Angeles, California
Classically trained experimental musician WILLIAM BASINSKI is coming to The Wiltern on Saturday, December 9, 2023, for an EPIC! evening of enchanting music Known for his incredible ability to create some of the most out-of-this-world sounds, you can expect to be whisked away into his mysterious world of avant-garde music. His compositions are truly legendary, and he's managed to carve out a space in the industry just as unique as he is, something he's done for decades. Basinski's live performances are something truly special and must be witnessed at least once in your life, as the depth and hauntingly beautiful soundscapes he creates are pure musical genius!!!!! …sooooo whether you are a well-versed fan or brand new to his music, this'll be one of the most transcendent nights you have. This once-in-a-lifetime concert is sure to sell out very quickly, so be sure to grab your tickets by clicking the "GET TICKETS" button before the rest of the fans beat you to it!!!
William Basinski's music is more akin to a science experiment than it is to traditional music. Way back in the 1970s, when he got his start in San Francisco, he started recording the humdrum sounds of faraway traffic, the buzzing of a freezer, and completely random radio broadcasts. He would then cut up all of the sounds and stitch them together to create something incredibly different. This would become the backbone of his adventure into experimental avant-garde music.
In addition to being a celebrated composer, he is also a sound artist, video artist, clarinetist, and saxophonist. As a matter of fact, he once opened for his idol, David Bowie, and won over the audience there with an incredible saxophone solo. He was born in 1958 in Houston, Texas, and was raised in a devout Catholic family but moved around due to his father's work as a scientist who worked for NASA.
He is a classically trained musician who studied composition and jazz saxophone at the University of North Texas. In 1978, using inspiration from the likes of Steve Reich and Brian Eno, he began experimenting and creating his library of samples using reel-to-reel tape decks and tape loops, and throughout the 1980s, he had amassed a huge collection. His moody, meditative sound came about after looping melodies played against each other to create feedback loops, a style for which he has become well known.
Although recorded in 1983, his debut was titled "Shortwavemusic" and was released in 1998 on the sub-label Raster-Norton. He soon followed it up with the self-released "Watermusic" in 2000 on his own label, "2062 Records," and would go on to release a further 28 studio albums right up until 2023.
Ultimately, he has spent a lifetime creating the sounds that would become some of the most revered experimental music around. Now you will get to hear him live at probably one of the most beautiful concerts ever. You cannot afford to miss out on this opportunity, so be sure to grab your tickets before it is too late.