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Variations For Piano & Tape

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William Basinski: Variations For Piano & Tape

Comprised of one 44 minute track, Variation #9 'Pantelleria', this archival release is one of my all-time favorites of the piano and tape variations from the early eighties. Using a lilting piano melody on a small loop, the requisite magic happened in the recording process when this particular loop would randomly slip along the play head revealing an extraordinary counterpoint (in reverse) on the other side of the tape. To me, this piece evokes a lazy Arcadian summer idyll, and will always remind me of an idyllic artist's residency in 2003 on the beautiful Italian island of Pantelleria. -- William Basinski, June 2006