...on reflection by William Basinski * Janek Schaefer on Temporary Residence Records

William Basinski & Janek Schaefer - ...on reflection


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...on reflection is a new collaboration from William Basinski and acclaimed experimental composer Janek Schaefer. 
Created between 2014 and 2022 in Los Angles and London, time and duration are core themes in the work of both William Basinski and Janek Schaefer, and this long-distance collaboration took a suitably long gestation of eight years from start to finish. In that time, our collective perception of time has at times become disorienting. ...on reflection remodels that instability as an exquisite work of art - one that is unmoored by time or space, in an expression of minimalism and close focus. 
Deploying a delicate piano passage from their collective archive, Basinski and Schaefer weave and reweave in numerous ways, forging an iridescent flurry of flickering melodies. The sounds of various birds heard and passing traffic from late night windows on tour can occasionally be heard throughout, ricocheting off mirrored facades, reflecting on themselves as they continually reshape their own environments with song. 
...on reflection looks backwards, a bustling revelry of positive emotions heard through the aging mirrors of memory. It is a celebratory meditation where sound shimmers through time like the light of the sea’s waves glistening as it folds and unfolds upon itself. 


“At its best, William Basinski’s music inspires the sort of rapturous testimony usually reserved for peak experiences, cult leaders and the dead” - Pitchfork 
"Schaefer finds peace in discord. His musique concrete pieces tend to evoke an ominous sense of mortal doom, yet enrapture in the process” - Pitchfork 



  1. . . . on reflection (one)  [7:37] 
  2. . . . on reflection (two)  [13:27] 
  3. . . . on reflection (three)  [5:49] 
  4. . . . on reflection (four)  [10:12] 
  5. . . . on reflection (five)  [5:13] 


  • CD housed in 6-panel digipack case 



also available: 
William Basinski - Lamentations   LP | CD 


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Unclassical & Modern Composition collection 
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