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  • Summary: The two tracks from the experimental artist were originally commissioned in 2017 for art installations by Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand features the sounds of two black holes merging together that captured by the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory).
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  1. Mar 20, 2019
    80
    Basinski is a true master in the way he can overlay true emotion onto his subject matter, and there’s a sense of sadness for these black holes in their destruction and rebirth and the fabric of spacetime they tear apart within that. To close out with that sense of wonder and discovery relieves the weight of his material.
  2. 80
    Whether it is the temporary respite from a challenging sonic environment or the steady progression towards splendour, On Time Out of Time is a rewarding experience for those willing to tolerate challenging moments in a celestial sea of sound. For Basinski, time is an artefact and he is its curator.
  3. Mar 7, 2019
    80
    Basinski navigates these galactic themes through his trademark style. The record begins slowly, with the heavy drones creating a wind-like effect, slowly settling in the background. At the same time, a big, deep, boomy sound is echoing in the distance, providing these subtle movements with an anchor. ... An impressive listen.
  4. Mar 13, 2019
    80
    On Time Out of Time makes the billion-year-old buzz of two neutron stars into something heart-stirring.
  5. Mar 15, 2019
    76
    It's a surprisingly approachable piece with an appeal far outside the experimental music community, which speaks to Basinski's ear for melody and grasp of emotion. Not many artists could turn a source as abstract as black hole recordings into music this beautiful.
  6. Mar 7, 2019
    70
    Basinski's latest effort is ambitious yet remains rooted in what he does best: instilling a multitude of visceral, yet ambiguous, feelings within his listener.
  7. Mar 7, 2019
    70
    On Time Out of Time is conceptually fascinating, playing as Basinski often does, with very large abstract ideas that seem to have no obvious analog in music. Yet the concept yields a calming ambient sonic output that sounds not so different from other kinds of music that have nothing to do with black holes.

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