William Basinski's first album released on reel to reel tape

William Basinski at home in Los Angeles, July 2009

William Basinski's first album Shortwavemusic has been reissued as a tape reel by Indiana based record label Auris Apothecary, for the 30th anniversary of the album's creation.

Basinski created Shortwavemusic in 1982, using sounds recorded from the radio, edited into loops and slowed down. Auris Apothecary has recorded the album on to 1/4 inch tape on recycled reels, in reference to the way Basinski constructed album. It was originally released on clear vinyl by Raster-Noton in 1998, and was reissued on CD by 2062 in 2007.

The label, which produces objects as much as it releases records, has a back catalogue full of awkward formats: cassettes coated in shattered glass, wrapped in leaves and filled with sand, as well as olfactory CDs and a double floppy disc.

This reissue of Basinski's Shortwavemusic (released on 31 December 2012) has been produced by Auris Apothecary in a run of 101, and comes with artwork specially created by Basinski for this release. Listen below. More at the Auris Apothecary site.

(Read a blog post on Auris Apothecary from 2011 here.)

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