Oh my. February 18, 2007
Written by lesheifner
My second purchase from dgmlive, and a great decision. Couldn’t make it to the show, but these files suffice, as much as files can. Also my first FLAC purchase. I’m not going back now. The performance leaves me speechless, other than to say, spiritual, in-depth, wow.
Emotional Soundscapes From Atlanta. June 10, 2006
Written by LouieB
Robert Fripp’s Soundscape performance from the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta GA is definitely one worth listening to again and again.
While some familiar titles such as the now standard "Time Stands Still" and "At The End Of Time" are included here, they are once again presented in a unique fashion that separates them from the other renditions heard so far. Additionally, there are no "Queer Jazz Symmetrical" or "Minor" pieces heard here which is a departure from the norm in Fripp’s recent Soundscape performances. Instead, there are fresh workings of the "Queer Space Whole Tone" which in full of unsettling suspense and the "Dance Shallal" which Fripp first unvealed during the first gig of his monumental "December Suite" concerts this past December 2005.
The standout of the entire performance would have to be the 14-minute "Requiem" heard in the middle of the concert. Here, Robert Fripp creates a serene atmosphere with ambient string orchestrations and what I can best describe as ’emotional chords’ - certain chords that once they hit your ear can bring shivers up your back, butterflies in your stomach or make you stop, take a deep breath and say ’phew’. It’s that powerful musically.
Another standout is the version of "Time Stand Still" heard here. Throughout it’s 10 minute duration, Robert keeps the minimalist bell-like tones going continuously creating an almost trance-like musical enviornment. It’s definitely one of the best renditions of this piece so far.
With this said, Robert Fripp’s Atlanta Soundscapes are definitely worth the price of admission. This is my favorite concert of the Dixie Soundscapes so far and I have downloaded all that have been released up to this point (June 10th 2006). This one definitely stands out above the rest. Excellent!!!
Wonderful June 9, 2006
Written by phunrab
This performance changed everything I understood Soundscapes to be.
Thank you, Robert, for this gift.
The Long Goodbye? May 21, 2006
Written by gregjames
We were in the living room while my wife was nursing our baby girl. The sound was coming out of the tiny, tinny speakers on this iBook. It was a quiet time for us at the end of a busy a day and towards the end of the piece, my wife looked up and said:
- It sounds like "leaving", and I said
- well, he’s called it "Requiem" and she smiled and said "Ah".
Even better in retrospect May 10, 2006
Written by opusposthum
I am grateful for the opportunity of revisiting a special evening thanks to the availability of this performance. I thought it was something special at the time, and listening again only enhances my appreciation.Props for putting ’The Variety’ soundscapes up for grabs!
interconnectedness at its best May 10, 2006
Written by rosewoodblues
I would have to say that I normally do not seek out soundscape shows because most seem to be a bit self defeating at some point. Mr. Fripp however has managed to broaden the scope of my auditory senses yet again. From the openeing bell there was a feeling of connectedness with all that attended. I hesitate to use such a painfully indescript word as magical however, there it is. The notes summed where truly greater than their parts! What is here for download captures a fair portion of the playing but to be a party to the creation of the scape was astounding!
Not to mention the conversation that went on. Thank you so very much for being vunerable and presenting a masterful peice of work! A treasure among the normal throngs of auditory masturbation that is abound today.
Transfiguration May 4, 2006
Written by tyroberts
The soundscapes presentation in Atlanta was truly a spiritual experience for me. Time, space, emotion and energy were suspended, held in a transfiguring light by the masterful Robert Fripp. His musical touch was powerful and gentle, edgy and graceful, full of complex harmonics and yet melodically easy to digest.
Wonderful April 22, 2006
Written by cribguy
I was also there, with my 10 year old son. Wonderful show. Download it...NOW!
A Wonderful Magical Evening! April 20, 2006
Written by mudfish55
I’ve been anxiously awaiting this download as I was there
and this was one of the more ineffable experiences of the year for me. My friend Stevie drove us into Atlanta
in pouring rain for four hours. We
pulled right up to the Variety Playhouse, the concert venue, at 7:15 PM and parked right next to the side door
in the alley. The rain stopped. One Indian dinner later, we sat in the front
of the theatre. The show was
magical. I would agree with the DGM
reviewer on the sense there was a certain "something" about the
performance that eludes description but spoke directly to my heart, mind, and
spirit. Mr. Fripp’s artistry in this
genre continues to grow and mature and I am honored that I live in this time to
share in it firsthand. Well worth the