The Disintegration Loops I by William Basinski – selected by Daniel Avery

I’m often asked about the different states needed to approach the worlds of techno and ambient, but in the words of a fellow Reading-born shyster: they’re not mutually exclusive.

There’s a definitive similarity between the two and it all revolves around the very simple idea of hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition hypnotic repetition.

I’m a huge fan of everything Basinski has made, but this record is one I return to a monthly basis. I regularly put it on in the studio when I need to reset my thoughts. For such a seemingly simple piece of music – a single, repeating tape loop literally disintegrating over the course of an hour – the room genuinely feels empty when it has finished.

I’ve become increasingly interested in the idea of escaping the clamour of the outside world and focusing on the light inside – meditation as a gentle, useful practice as opposed to a dogma-laden chore. In that spirit, this record is the most perfect of mantras. The loop becomes a part of you for the whole time it is repeating, every scratch and imperfection only adding to the overall swell of beautiful noise. An important life lesson if ever there was one.

Daniel Avery’s new album Love + Light is out now via Phantasy