"I have found a definition of the beautiful.
It is something intense and sad, something a bit vague...
a contradictory impression of an ardor...
and a desire for life together with a bitterness which flows
back upon them as if from a sense of deprivation and hopelessness.
I do not pretend that joy cannot associate with Beauty,
but I will maintain that joy is one of her most vulgar adornments, while Melancholy
may be called her illustrious spouse, so much so that I can scarcely
conceive a type of beauty which has nothing to do with sorrow."
"In August and September 2001, he set to work on what would become his most recognizable piece, the four-volume album The Disintegration Loops. The recordings were based on old tape loops which had degraded in quality. While attempting to salvage the recordings in a digital format, the tapes slowly crumbled and left a timestamp history of their demise."