June 24th Manchester May 8, 2009
Written by antbrearton
I was fortunate to enough to attend the concert in Birmingham with my sons of 26 & 23 - both rock fans who wouldnít listen to my KC/RF collection. RF was a revelation to each of them such was the quality and soulfulness of the performance and both are now fans! The music ran through the whole gamut of sensations and it was a joy to have travelled the 150 miles each way to hear it! It was a privilege to attend the concert and hear a Master at work!
For RF fans the whole concert was a triumph - this concert is a magnificent and cherished representation.
If only RF would come to Paphos and perform under the warm evening sky on the harbour!!
Tony Brearton - Paphos
Threshold and Paradise March 9, 2009
Written by Mars64
Iím a fan - Iíve only heard the previews. I find what Iíve heard to be futuristic and fresh. it certainly reminds me of classical tones that have evolved into what Mr. Fripp is playing.
Yes, I like it. "It is better for people to be like the beasts . . . They should be more intuitive they should not be too conscious of what they are doing while they are doing it." Albert Einstein
Lucky man January 27, 2009
Written by davidfsnyder
Luckily for us, Mr. Fripp listens to his muse and not to his listeners. This performance, just shy of 39 minutes long, is both heartfelt and visceral. The stereo production is tender, provide good depth and width throughout; a quad or 5.1 version would be worthy of this particular Soundscape, performed on a late version of The Lunar Module (perhaps the last tour with The Lunar Module?). The bells are a brilliant introduction, awakening, perhaps even alarming, the listener to what follows. In Time Stands Still, we have time slowing, ebbing forward and backward in beautiful eddies. Cycles repeat; voices are reflected and reversed in time. The individual cries out at its reaching this point. But can time stand still forever? Queer Jazz Symmetrical: bass, horns, piano voices welcome us into a place that is uncertain, or at least that never resolves, a morphing figure. This section cycles through darkness and light, through the tragic and comic. At The End Of Time is beautiful and peaceful, yet affirming. Thank you for this offering, DGM.
January 24, 2009
Written by peter29
Itís interesting how in such uncomfortable conditions itís possible for an artist to create so powerul set. It seems to me that music is something of a separated entity which exists in the world of its own. And yet still remains the part of the whole event.
Musically these Soundscapes - regarding their sustained and minimal structure - belong in my opinion to the same spectrum as the WTC performances and later music from NY. Very intense and emotional. But this is different kind of emotions which then appeared during December Suite performances. Where do they come from in a strictly technical process of creating music? Is there anything out of music which can be of inspiration for an artist while improvising? Perhaps music is already emotional and both artist and listener taking part in their recognision.
Everlasting Lightworldscapes. January 20, 2009
Written by Armand
Somehow, this very beautiful music reminds me to a place where I was, before I was born. Thanks DGM!!
June 24, 2004
Written by Robert Fripp
Satch Bus, hurtling from Glasgow to Manchester.
Today's journey is 218 miles with an estimated travelling time of 3'49". We left Hotel Acceptable at 11.05.
At 09.35, in my underwear & preparing to step out for a coffee, there was a knock at my door. Surprisingly, it was the Room Revibrator enquiring as to my departure time. Surprisingly, because there was a do not disturb sign on the door.
The Happy Gigster's Guide notes that a do not disturb sign functions much as a red flag does to a bull. The second volume in the series - The Happy Gigster's Guide To Metaphysics (Or How To Make The Cosmos Work For You) - tells us that whenever a situation is defined negatively, and/or when a situation that must not happen is clearly described, the proscribed event will inevitably take place.
At check-out, while paying the bill for clean shirts & tidy, I mentioned the do not disturb sign that didn't work; with the proviso that I didn't want anyone to get in trouble. The receptionist went to fetch the manager & the FOH manager, both of whom came out to Reception & apologised. Do not disturb means do not disturb said the manager. I don't want anyone to get in trouble replied trouble-making Happy Gigster. The manager explained: the hotel regularly re-visited its protocol for reasons such as this, and then declined to accept payment for laundry as an acknowledgement of the hotel's error.
This is exceptional. The acknowledgement of error, and the acceptance of responsibility for vicarious acts, is increasingly rare. Management of the SAS Radisson, Glasgow, is currently high in my esteem.
And, related to negative definition and how to bring about unwanted events, from an e-mail to my office --
please don't contact me regarding guests or requests. i really do NOT want to know who is coming to a show: you know the people involved and are able to ticket them through GH if you need.
and i CANNOT be distracted at this point by people who want tickets and/or backstage access, such as -- (or -- or ..). all good people. it is intolerable that -- e-mails me, personally, just days short of the RAH for this. please, if you can, take care of this.
despite years of defining necessary touring conditions, and the guestlist issue is one, it has no seeming effect. no-one near me is in any doubt that i am unable to deal with guest list issues while on the road, particularly last minute issues. and yet i opened my e-mail after two long days on the bus to find a mailbox with varying & various requests & demands; this in addition to normal arising issues & demands.
over to you, please! help!
Already there is a third HGG being planned -- The HGG to Metaphysics II (How to Make The Cosmos Work Better For You).
15.10 We are pulling into Manchester and it is raining.
17.25 Manchester Apollo, Dressing Room
The concern of the musician is music;
The concern of the professional musician is business.
Two Choices --
Well, did the Third G practice guitar, or sign the posters?
From The Guitarist's Stool --