By his 20s, Basinski would be planting his flag as an avant-garde artist, assembling tape loops, found sounds and other sonic detritus into hypnotic compositions that force listeners to meditate, contemplate, zone out and pay attention, all at the same time. He was a key figure in the music scene of pre-gentrification Brooklyn throughout the ’80s and ’90s, and it was there that he created his most well-regarded work: “The Disintegration Loops,” a study in decay and decomposition that accidentally became an ambient elegy for Sept. 11.
Since then, Basinski has crafted more than a dozen works, including a tribute to David Bowie and contributions to an opera about performance artist Marina Abramovic. Often, as with “The Disintegration Loops,” his source material is years-old, excavated from his personal archives.
The source of “On Time Out of Time” is older still. The 40-minute composition is Basinski’s interpretation of how the collision’s waves unfolded through space-time over eons, eventually reaching Earth.
As he says excitedly: “It’s a romantic love story between two f---ing black holes — the biggest vampires that ever existed.”
Show: Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20-$25.