William Basinski is an American composer, clarinetist, saxophonist, and sound & video artist. A classically trained clarinetist, he studied jazz saxophone and composition at North Texas State University in the late 70’s. In 1978, inspired by minimalists such as Steve Reich and Brian Eno, he began developing his own vocabulary using tape loops and old reel to reel tape decks. He developed his meditative, melancholy style experimenting with short looped melodies played against themselves creating feedback loops.
Richard Chartier, sound/installation artist and graphic designer, has created critically acclaimed recordings for labels such as 12k/LINE, Raster-Noton, Die Stadt, Spekk (Japan), NonVisualObjects, Mutek_rec, and Trente Oiseaux, His digital minimalist work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, and the act of listening.