Elegant and beautiful. July 18, 2011
Written by Mouxie
Just gorgeous. I love Anne Laplantineís work for similar reasons as I adore this, but of course her work leverages on digital cut-ups, whereas this just spills out, all in the moment, making it all the more perfect. Thank you Mr. Fripp.
So This Is What It Sounded Like ... November 22, 2010
Written by Squonkamatic
Iím a lifelong devotee of the Frippertronics process and had only read about his echo box/delay setup used for this period of Fripp solo. Itís definitely not Frippertronics nor the Soundscape approach but something else about halfway between. No, scratch that, itís a totally different approach than either, and completely not what I had expected.
Those in search of droning Star Trek guitar tape loop constructions will find themselves sitting with their head at an odd angle & an inquisitive look on their faces. In part because unlike a Revox era loop piece (even with solo) thereís a kind of fluidity to the piece that never sits still. As far as describing it, imagine his Roland rhythm guitar contribution to "What Kind Of Man Reads Playboy?" set on repeat with improvisation over & under, rinsed and repeated for half an hour until the signal degrades into digital noise. Interesting ...
Itís also proof that the Artist has never been satisfied with coming up with an effective formula and repeating himself for very long, even if the results come off a bit awkward on first listening. Then again I didnít get pieces like "An Index Of Metals" or even "Ladies Of The Road" for months/years after first hearing them, eventually encountering an "Ohh yeah, OK!" moment somewhere along the line which confirmed they were classics.
And thatís why Iím especially delighted to have this piece: Many years of re-listenings & contemplation ahead, trying to figure out what the deal is here. Hearing the Revox era Frippertronics shows on here has been an orgy of wish-fulfillment, but to my ears is something truly new and striking that will require some attention, and as such is perhaps even more useful.
June 19, 2010
Written by melvinbcollins
This music is timely for me @ priceless.In 1980 a friend of mine named charley gawlak @ I often wondered when music like this would be available I want to say thank u to robert frippfor this music.It helps in times of trouble @ pressure.Thanku Mr.fripp thank u.
musicality May 19, 2010
Written by mjboyce
This is very interesting musically on its own, and likewise interesting historically in the context of Fripp solo work/performances. The guitar sound is not like Frippertronics or pre 75 Crimson. Sometimes it is like it is in League of Gentlemen. But there is a basic electric sound that is not often heard, which is to say electric guitar amplified with minimal manipulation of its envelope. The aesthetic concept is very similar to Frippertronics, but this change in guitar tone significantly changes the affect. More whimsy, and somehow more quiet and somewhat peaceful - not so intense as say Let the Power Fall (which is hardly ever been surpassed for me, especially the live instantiations), but lovely all the same.
A Lovely Piece March 28, 2010
Written by dshoemaker
This is a lovely and delicate piece. It reminds me a bit of the tone poems on Enoís Another Green World. As a previous reviewer noted, this piece varies from the Frippertronics/Soundscapes approaches we may have heard more frequently, and as such, it gives a new perspective on Frippís composition process. Recommended! --David Shoemaker, Sacramento, California
Interesting Snapshot March 24, 2010
Written by MarkSullivan
As others have said, this really doesnít sound like either Frippertronics or Soundscapes. Both of them usually involve shifting harmonies and rhythms due to the looping process. But here a chord progression is built up with a regular pulse, then soloed over. We hear every note plucked (no volume swells), and the tones all sound like a guitar, with no overdriven sounds. Itís like a skeletal version of some of the Guitar Craft repertoire in a way. Very interesting, and a pleasant way to spend 25 minutes. Canít beat the price!
- Mark Sullivan
How strange the change! March 24, 2010
Written by AndyFox
I used to listen to Piccadilly Radio (261AM) growing up through the 1980ís & whilst I donít remember hearing this when it would have been broadcast, at that time I would have switched it off without a second thought.
Quite ironic then that 25 years later I now have the ears to listen this music (and it is very good) but the radio staion that Piccadilly has now become, Key 103FM, probably wouldnít touch this music today!
Buy it now March 23, 2010
Written by jhessel
This is a beautiful piece of music
gorgeous March 23, 2010
Written by lanzarishi
..as usual. It reminds me somewhat, of a piece on SABB, with a different effect of course but it has that familiar quality to it. For a buck I would download RF snoring!
The Missing Link? March 22, 2010
Written by DeVito
Or one missing link, anyway. Iíve wondered how Frippertronics transformed into Soundscapes; this seems like an early step in the process. Kind of an odd set of sounds -- doesnít have the focus and intensity of Frippertronics, nor the breadth and depth of Soundscapes. But a nice little exploration of its own. Got any more í85-í93 stuff in the archives? -- Chris DeVito
Not typical, but recommended March 22, 2010
Written by JorgeSouto
I had to dowload this one, that day was my 18th birthday! This doesnít sound very Fripp-like. It actually reminds me at certain points of the tracks (or atmospheres, using their own words) Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois produced for Apollo, a record I enjoyed thoroughly back then. A beautiful rarity, the kind of treat I welcome most from Mr. Stormyís catalogue.
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