17 August 2009

William Basinski's Face

William Basinski and a young Nick Cave


This is exactly what I was thinking. William Basinski's face is all wrong.

Not at all like i imagined... I guess I had Philip Jeck in mind; a face that was suitably crepuscular, a face borne from dust and late-night cheap studio space... didn't imagine Clint Ruin / Jim Thirlwell circa 1987 to be staring out at me...

This cannot be William Basinski...

I had the same with Joanna Newsom - i was convinced she was an old fisherwoman, a dry-haired, blockboned old woman, dragged from the depths or found in some Woody Guthrie backwater... and then when pictures started to emerge even the sound started to change...

This musical form of prosopagnosia might be everywhere... a completely different listening experience from situations where you see and hear at the same time... a beautiful lack of congruence...

For contrast, I can remember sitting around with friends imagining Bjork and getting it more or less exactly right... and doing the same for Blixa Bargeld, that Neubauten scream somehow forming a soundwave of his Skeletor / Ivan Lendl cheekbones like a pin-art howl...

Pic of Nic and Jim stolen from here

8 comments:

I am not Kek-w said...

That's a young Jim Thirwell w/ Fuckwit Cave, innit.

Basinski looking like a cool early 80's rocker will annoy the fuck out the stand-at-the-back-of-the-gig bloogers, heh.

Loki said...

yeah... though bit harsh on the young Nick - what Is is with that guy and you? Is it because he looks like PJ Harvey? Who does SHE look like? Van Morrison?

There's something dark about this... something that sent you up The Vale, a few lifetimes ago...

Get on the couch and tell us...

arthur mervyn said...

...If you'd like to see B basinski now (or lately) go to
www.myspace.com/stephenspera,
go to "musical friends" portfolio ( there is also more- and an animation of BAS I made when we did a project at Princeton University, at www.myspace.com/stephenspera )
cheers, steph

william basinski said...

sorry, but that's not me...try this for a picture from the mid 80's:
http://www.lostateminor.com/2009/08/21/william-basinski/
lol, william basinski

Loki said...

excellent... hi William... and yeah; the Foetus pic was kind of a lame joke but, hey, i didn't want to break any patterns...

love the actual pic... the pineapple crisis cut was a personal fave of mine, too...

STILL can't match the man to the music though ... i need some synaesthetic rewiring...

ZoneStyxTravelcard said...

Doesn't J Thirlwell look uncannily like he's Vivienne Westwood's brother there?

Or even just Viviene Westwood?

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