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The Disintegration Loops is an album by William Basinski and was released in 2002. It is the first of the Disintegration Loops series, followed by II, III and IV.
Loops is based on Basinski's attempts to salvage earlier recordings made on magnetic tape, by transferring them into digital format; however, the tape had physically deteriorated to the point that, as it passed by the read/write head, the ferrite detached from the plastic backing and fell off. Basinki has alleged that he finished the project the morning of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, and sat on the roof of his apartment building in Brooklyn with friends listening to the project as the WTC towers collapsed.
The beauty of these albums imitate life. Their melodies are constant, but no loop is ever played the same way twice, just as in nature. III is my personal favorite of the series; it has "d|p 4", which disintegrates abruptly and "d|p 5", which takes far more time to dissolve and fall apart.