The Disintegration Loops  

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The Disintegration Loops is a series of four albums by American avant-garde composer William Basinski released in 2002 and 2003. All tracks have the same form of ambient music fragments played in a tape loop that slowly deteriorates as it passes by the tape head, increasingly producing noises and cracks in the music as the theme progresses. The recording coincided with the 9/11 attacks and the album covers and accompanying videos feature a still skyline of New York City with smoke and dust rising from the World Trade Center site.

The series gathered undivided favorable reviews. It was reissued in 2012 on the tenth anniversary as a 9-LP box set and received a rare perfect 10 rating from Pitchfork.

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