Director: William Basinski
Year: 2001
Time: 62 mins
Music: William Basinski
Eye of Sound: Known for his melancholic brand of drone music, Basinski offers in this film a rare opportunity: to watch the 9/11 events from a different perspective than the one presented and repeated ad nauseam by the media. An immobile camera captures a dark cloud of smoke covering the city as dusk breaks in and gives in to the first post-9/11 night, supported by the slow evolution of Basinki's dronescapes. Basinski describes the musical piece, composed from materials recorded in 1982, as a fragment of "American pastoralia, lost youth, and paradise lost". As day progresses, the melancholic tone of these carefully integrated loops is gradually swept over by grimmer colors, eventually leaving the landscape with an almost emotionally neutral resonance - perhaps a reflection of the unfolding of "lost youth". Even more dramatic and grotesque events would follow that day, as it is known, but its media-oriented nature and symbolic richness makes it the most important episode in modern history since the (alleged) landing on the moon. Many films explored the potential of the 9/11 event, with different degrees of success, but certainly none as haunting and beautiful as this one.


  1. I've been wondering if you can add more about this artist, because I couldn't understand his biography. Basinski created a vast archive of experimental works using tape loop and delay systems, found sounds, and shortwave radio static, so it'd be nice if you can add something about it, specially in the early years. He was a member of many bands including Gretchen Langheld Ensemble and House Afire, my best friend told me that and I need to know the truth. 23jj

  2. Thanks for this. Hugely appreciated. This music is beautiful. Although at the press cut-
    "...the most important episode in modern history since the (alleged) landing on the moon." Think we need to put 'American' as an adjective before 'history'.

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  3. Interesting instrumental rendition of the piece here: http://youtu.be/M3Y-Dccc5ns

    Excellent blog, btw. Too bad it seems to be over.