William Basinski & Lawrence English - Selva Oscura

  • William Basinski & Lawrence English - Selva Oscura

William Basinski & Lawrence English - Selva Oscura


Released12th October 2018
Catalogue TRR312LPC1
Barcode 0656605331249

For over half a decade, William Basinski and Lawrence English have been in regular contact with one another. During that time their paths have crossed repeatedly in various cities; Zagreb, Los Angeles, Hobart and more, in a variety situations. It was from these chance encounters – and the strange familiar of lives lived in transit – that their first collaboration, 'Selva Oscura', was seeded.

Each of the extended pieces on this record maps an acoustic topography that draws on the concept of drifting into the strange familiar. The works each dwell in an ever shifting, yet fundamentally constant state of unfolding. As one sound fades away, another is revealed in its place, creating a sense of an eternal reveal.

'Selva Oscura' was recorded in Brisbane and Los Angeles simultaneously. The compositions were each created through a process of iteration and rearrangement that inverted the micro and macro characteristics of the raw sonic materials. Dynamics and density were chiseled with restraint and at other times intensely reductionist approaches to create a limitlessly deep, but open sound field – as rich as the suggested place from which its title is drawn.

The title is taken from Dante’s 'Inferno', and literally translates as ‘twilight forest’. According to a press release, the title describes “the nature of losing one’s way in place and time”.

The LP is dedicated to experimental filmmaker Paul Clipson, who died in 2018. Clipson’s work was closely associated with the ambient and drone scene, and during his life he collaborated with artists such as Grouper, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Sarah Davachi.

+ Limited Indie edition is on opaque, light grey coloured vinyl and is limited to 1,000 copies.

+ Includes download code.

1. Mono No Aware
2. Selva Oscura