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GC Down Mexico Way
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 15, 2012

Robert Fripp will be directing an introduction to the Guitar Circle in Mexico in 2013. You can check out the details over on the Guitar Circle website

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The Eyes Of Robert Fripp Smile
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 27, 2014
Here's one for our Spanish speaking visitors - a substantial newspaper article in which Robert discusses the work of the Guitar Circle, King Crimson and the current state of the industry during his recent visit to Argentina.

For those of us too lazy to bother to learn another language, here's the auto-translated version with all the flaws and mangling of the language you'd expect. If anyone would care to take on the monumental task of providing a more sympathetic translation please feel free!

The eyes of Robert Fripp smile. Maybe the smile does not extend so often to his face, but when an appreciable irony intrudes, there is a visible spark in the deep blue eyes of this 68-year-old man who has devoted his life to music. There are some monk at Fripp, but nothing of religious fanaticism; It is one of the indisputable talents that has given the English rock, but never was carried away by the rules of the star system. He is a polite, elegant and rigorous, man that does not pass a day without practicing with his guitar. In his more public facet, is the leader of King Crimson, band who since 1968 has had various incarnations and instrumental armed, and that just made a comeback for United States with a Septet training tour, with three drummers occupy the first line of the scene. But Fripp also devised the company Discipline Global Mobile, revolutionary in the approach of maintaining "small functional units" and all the musicians to retain the rights to their work. And it is also the creator of Guitar Craft, a system of education that approaches the instrumentalists to another way of tuning (New Standard Tuning) and a series of techniques and modes of working which sets apart it from any other "musical instruction", and which gave rise to the League of Crafty Guitarists (League of artisanal guitarists) and infinity of groups acting by the world since 1985.

That came the English musician to Mendoza: the convent our Lady of transit, in Lunlunta (to 20 km from the capital), occurred in a new meeting of Guitar Circle, introductory course which was attended by more than seventy guitarists of the Argentina and the world. For five days, the crafties and advanced trainers group headed by Fripp (which includes the Hernán Núñez Argentines and Fernando Kabusacki) had a coexistence intense, crowned by a concert in the Circular space of Le Parc Centre (see separate). The musician prefers to stay away from the press, and years that it does not grant a personal interview to an Argentine environment; Lunlunta peace meeting is therefore all a rarity.

-How was the experience of these days?

-With about 73 guitarists of moderate abilities: two or three that can play much better than me, and about six who can play almost as well as I. The majority of these people is much more enjoyable than I am, more kind and more gentle.

-It gives the impression that you like this image of being not so kind, but in reality it is not so.

-I have to say that Yes, this is true. I have a terrible reputation in the music industry, and that is probably a good thing.

-What expectations these people bring to the Guitar Circle?

-You should have a few words with them, I cannot speak for them. But the issue for me is that the world is clearly a disaster, with what the question is about what each of us can do about it. The problem is that it is very difficult to trust anyone who is in a position of authority. In terms of my background with respect to management companies and record companies, all of my professional life was interrupted on 22 February 1976, when it was at a retreat at Sherborne House (Gloucestershire) and I was visited by my management, so I gave my copyrights so they could collect my royalties. This explained my counter... and was a lie. At that time in England, a person of such professional position supposed to be reliable. But it was very clear to me that financial services are not reliable. And until 2008, more or less, the majority of ordinary people didn't know what I had done in previous decades. Control of the money people is not reliable. This counter now enrolled is a Director of the Isle of Man Government, has received an honorary doctorate for his philanthropy and his services to the music, he was Adviser to the Royal family: a pillar of society by its good offices. And yet his entire career is based on a lie. It is very easy to present criticism without personal knowledge, but in terms of issues that relate to my own life, I can speak with greater authority. And in this small image it is possible to see the greater picture. Then, if we can not rely on financial systems, and few in England can rely on politicians, who can we trust?

-In artists?

-Do you think John Lennon lied for money? Dylan? Hendrix? When we lose faith in our artists, our culture is extinguished. For example, if in 1969 he had a conversation with the President of a company and I told him "I am only interested in the money," Although this was business in the music industry people, I had set aside, they have not trusted in me. If I had that conversation today and told him "I'm only interested in music", I leave aside, they would not trust me. This is an example of how we have gone from a market economy to a market society, where social relations are governed by a price. Then, what you can do Robert about that? I cannot change the world, but when the Lord Núñez tells me "we have a course in Argentina", and if I can take a plane

Fair Trade Music?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 27, 2014
Here's a report that highlights the imbalance that exists between creators and the remuneration they receive via digital platforms.

Adrian To Push The Boundaries In Buffalo
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 27, 2014
Here's a piece ahead of Adrian Belew's gig at the Tralf in Buffalo, NY on October 30th  

Jack Bruce
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Oct 25, 2014
The news of Jack Bruce's death today from liver disease at the age of 71 has prompted many tributes. Amongst the very best of them comes this account from the respected writer, Richard Williams who describes seeing Bruce when he was part of Tony Williams' Lifetime in concert in the company of Robert Fripp.

Travis & Fripp's Discretion Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Oct 25, 2014
There's a review of Discretion, the latest release from Travis & Fripp in the latest edition of Jazzwise magazine. 

All About Starless
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Oct 25, 2014
There’s a review of Starless over on All About Jazz 

TU Tomorrow
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 24, 2014
Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn reunite as a live unit for the first time in over three years at tomorrow's Progtoberfest in Chicago.
As you can see from the bill, Pat's going to be very busy as he's also on working with Stick Men straight after. 

The Golden Age Of Boxed Sets
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 24, 2014
Here's a piece talking about the rise of boxed sets, especially Starless, featuring a previously unseen photo of the 73 - 74 quintet. As close as it gets. 

Tony's Game
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 23, 2014
There's a great interview with Tony Levin ahead of a Stick Men date in Rochester, NY in which he reveals (amongst other things) that he once designed a computer game about a band on tour! Read all about it here. 

Larks' Turntable...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Oct 21, 2014
A couple of years ago we were contacted by site visitor Max who, along with his wife Samantha,  had created a rather fine looking modified Pioneer  turntable.

Now Max has been back in touch with his latest creation. "We liked creating the Discipline turntable so much we decided to repeat the process This time we used another turntable a Lenco L75/S and another album cover." 

I think you'll agree the results are rather splendid.

Any other examples of KC-modified audio equipment out there? Let us know.

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