William Basinski’s Disintergration Loops, I. d/p 1.1.
The Disintegration Loops were recorded by Basinski in 2001. They document the sound of magnetic tapes decaying, captured while attempting to transfer old loops from analog tape to digital hard-disk. As the tapes passed through the read/write head of the tape player, they began to slowly disintegrate. Basinski continued to record, capturing the slow demise of old sounds:
"In the process of archiving and digitizing analog tape loops from work I had done in 1982, I discovered some wonderful sweeping pastoral pieces I had forgotten about. Beautiful, lush cinematic truly American pastoral landscapes swept before my ears and eyes. Tied up in these melodies were my youth, my paradise lost, the American pastoral landscape, all dying gently, gracefully, beautifully. Life and death were being recorded here as a whole: death as simply a part of life: a cosmic change, a transformation."
- from William Basinski’s website.