New music March 28, 2010
Written by DeVito
This is a beautiful collaboration. The expansion of textures provided by flute and sax take the soundscapes to another place, and Travis and Fripp really seem to be listening to each other. Highlights from this concert, for me, include In Field of Green, which features a nice straight-ahead guitar solo, very melodic; The Offering, which has a bluesy flute intro and builds to some good old electric guitar playing, soaring and swooping; and Moonchild, which builds from a delicate intro to some intense electric guitar. Great stuff.
Almost perfect October 2, 2009
Written by MichaelCPE
Having not heard Thread, it was a real pleasure to hear Travis & Fripp for the first time. Moonchild is a very pleasant and fun diversion!
I have only given this four stars because I felt that this recording is a victim of the Loudness wars.
Of course I don’t mean that this is the highly compressed garbage that has become far too common, and has turned music into aural wallpaper (you can’t listen to it, but it makes good background).
The other end of the Loudness war is that when mastering it is becoming "normal" to compress more than would have been done in the past, and if this compression is mild compared to most other recordings, the mild compression is seen as being ok.
So whilst this recording is very listenable, due to the mild compression it has, for me, lost the "I’m listening to real instruments" feeling. And when there are natural instruments like flute and sax, a feeling or reality can make a huge difference.
Perhaps I am totally wrong, and this recording accurately captures the live sound. But if compression is to blame for my slight disappointment, I very much hope that DGM resists the temptation to compress as much, or perhaps provides audiophiles the option of an uncompressed FLAC.
Don’t let my comments put anyone off buying this disc. Most people will not hear anything wrong with this recording, and even though I find the sound slightly less than perfect, I’m still pleased I bought it.
a different set of threads August 28, 2009
Written by davidfsnyder
8 improvs of very high quality. I can hear: two themes that come from Thread, one from Soundscapes, and one from ITCOCK, but there are many excellent surprises (RF is ever-creative) as well and superbly played.
The two players have excellent communication and rapport throughout, being quite up to the challenge of slow-paced group improvisation.
The sound quality is excellent. The tempos of the pieces are decidedly mellow.
I like the sound and feel of this even better than Thread, which is still an excellent collaboration as well.
stunningly beautiful August 25, 2009
Written by dubhthaigh
for someone who rarely looks back, and especially as far back as the song "Moonchild," Fripp with colleague Travis have delivered a work of breathtaking beauty, especially with "moonchild." I had beeen driving along the bridge connecting New Brunswicke and PEI a little after midnight and just stopped, got out of the car and watched the moon and its reflection in the Gulf, a moment of grace.....
Outburst of Beauty! August 25, 2009
Written by Armand
Five stars are too little to express what I feel when I listen to Travis and Fripp. The cd from last year is very good bud this concert from Broadchalke is flying very high, especially when the second piece is beginning and after a few minutes it moves my to tears.
I don’t know why and I don’t care; it does what is does and it’s very moving!
So, I hope that DGM is planning for more downloads from these magnificent two.
Thread meets Churchscapes meets KC? August 25, 2009
Written by Otohiko
This is a superb set. I had purchased it expecting a somewhat milder, Churchscape-inclined take on Thread - but this was a surprise. Yes, there is both Thread and Churchscapes in this, both with a very new take on them (even if you’ve heard those before, you will be pleased). But there are also some very interesting echoes of Fripp’s work with KC woven here, very much in soundscape form. If not for the title, I might not have immediately recognized "Moonchild"; it actually works very well in this form. And then there are also some harder, edgier sounds, especially on "The Offering" where Fripp takes off and soars with a trademark distorted high-sustain tone for a bit. "Duet for the End of Time", meanwhile, is a great take on the main Churchscapes theme. It’s a bit more earthly and edgy than Fripp’s solo forays, but still has a transcendental athmosphere to it.
Both musicians are top form and are obviously enjoying the collaboration. Theo is never very far in the background, and often seems to take over the performance. He even managed to get some rather jazzy-sounding tones in there, without ever getting out of place. I hope there is more work for this duo in store - they really work well with each other.
Overall, this is one of the soundscape recordings I’m least likely to fall asleep to. It covers a lot of ground and keeps you on your toes. For me this was an instantly rewarding listen and I highly recommend it. This is not Thread-live - it stands on its own and I highly encourage anyone who’s been excited by either the Churchscape series or Thread before to buy and enjoy this right away.
May 21, 2009
Written by Robert Fripp
The street I…
In the window of the Village Shop…
… a poster for tonight’s performance in All Saints’ Church
In from the BPI…
… following on from our little event at the end of last year, I was wondering Robert if you would kindly consider an invitation to be part of a discussion panel that I am putting together for the upcoming BPI Annual General meeting, morning of July 7th in Central London (11.30/12.30). Essentially the theme of the panel is ‘New Ways of Doing Business’ with regard to trading music, and I anticipate it be of about 40 mins duration. Other participants that I am hoping to have on this panel will be Scott Cohen of The Orchard, a very energetic forward looking Digital distributor; Simon Wheeler of the Beggars Banquet label, also a well informed proactive guy working in this area; and Paul Brown Spotify UK guy who is looking to establish this new streaming ad-funded listening service as a new means of distributing music. I’m thinking that amongst other things, you could provide a very valuable perspective from the artist and actual copyright owner point of view. The panel would be ‘moderated by a guy called Paul Brindley of Music Alley, a respected digital music consultancy…
Innocent DGM visitors might be interested in this, from the Spotify website…
We’re music lovers like everyone else.
We want to connect millions of people with their favorite songs by creating a product that people love to use. We respect creativity and believe in fairly compensating artists for their work. We’ve cleared the rights to use the music you’ll listen to in Spotify.
Firstly, no-one that loves music refers to it as product.
Secondly, Spotify put up KC music without asking us; ie without clearing the rights (and later withdrawn). Spotify has yet to explain to us who gave them rights in the first place (this is simple for us as I own / control all of them); or why they assumed they might have had rights. The BPI panel might have been an excellent opportunity to enquire in person.
The industry-word is that Spotify currently has little advertising to support it & few punters are signing up for the subscription service. In my view, Spotify provides an exemplary model of how the new, emerging music industry of digital provision works against the interests of music’s originators & generators. From my reply…
spotify? on the panel? may we spit on his feet, please?
actually, i would reply positively but i am in the retreat house of a dominican monastery near sant cugat, barcelona, with a Guitar Craft course.
please keep me in mind for the next opportunity.
12.26 E-frenzying continues.
14.27 Trev & Mr. Stormy set off on their c. 400 yard journey to the church around 13.30. Theo has just left after a cake-lunch with David…
Shortly, I shall be following. Our performance today is at 17.00 & the retiring collection-plate is to benefit the Friends of Broadchalke School.
18.05 Down the street I…
In these pictures, many stories are embedded.
The church I…
Too many wires…
Sounds of a lawn mover in the churchyard diminished around the time David introduced us at 16.59. Most enjoyable for me, and the performance included a request (which is rare).
Now, departing for home.
The Minx & WillyFred were both waiting to greet me. Yippee!
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