Radiophonics Revisted!!! June 16, 2007
Written by LouieB
1995ís "Radiophonics" is only one of the many volumes in guitarist Robert Frippís ongoing íSoundscapesí releases. Recorded live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, "Radiophonics" finds Fripp stretching his soundscapes into lengthy dissonant explorations which are sometimes beautiful, sometimes frightening but always musically intriuging.
A good majority of this album is quite difficult to listen as it consists mostly of dissonant chord clusters and moments of almost psychedelic effects with sounds that pan rapidly between the speakers. However, when listened to with a different set of ears and an open mindset, "Radiophonics" can turn into an amazing journey of otherworldly sounds.
The opening two "Radiophonic" pieces are similar to each other and consist of random scales coupled with low rumbling tones. The final minutes of the second "Radiophonic" piece are a wild excursion into weirdness with use of rapid panning. The panning effect is most effective when heard on headphones.
The remainder of the disc consists of the half-hour long "Buenos Aires Suite" which consists of four movements. "Atmosphere" once again provides an unsettling mood and tension with its dark chords and dissonant note runs. The mood settles into brief calmness with the second movement "Elegy" which is similar to the peacefulness captured on Frippís "Blessing of Tears" disc. The weirdness returns with "Streets" which is another showcase of wild stereo panning used to greater effect here than on "Radiophonic II". The peacefulness returns with the closing movement "Sky" which ends the album on an airy lighthearted note.
Granted, the "Radiophonics" CD wonít be for everybody. Out of all the Soundscapes CDís Robert Fripp has released so far, "Radiophonics" is probably the most experimental and harsh of them all. Aside from this, it is still a powerful album that shows off Frippís relentless gift for musical exploration. Because of this, "Radiophonics" definitely gets five stars.
Thanks again to DGMLive for bringing this one-of-a-kind classic back.
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|Hooked on RadioPhonics Tue., Dec 9, 2008|
Posted by: DeVito
I wish DGM would dump the silly star system -- how do you "rate" music like this? How many stars do you have? Give Radiophonics a thousand. This music is the dark to the WFCís (11/30/2000) Read more
|Really, A Good One Fri., Jul 13, 2007|
Posted by: ScottM
Not all of the Soundscapes work grabs me - honestly, much of it doesnít. This one does though and I think itíll appeal to the large group of people who really loved the first two Fripp & Eno records and Read more
|Radiophonics Revisted!!! Sat., Jun 16, 2007|
Posted by: LouieB
1995ís "Radiophonics" is only one of the many volumes in guitarist Robert Frippís ongoing íSoundscapesí releases. Recorded live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, "Radiophonics" finds Fripp stretching his soundscapes into lengthy dissonant explorations which are sometimes beautiful, sometimes frightening but always Read more
|Impressions Fri., Jun 15, 2007|
Posted by: pablomartinez
I was lucky enough to attend one of the performances at Goethe Institute. I remember two things vividly from that day: first, flu was distroying me, and I was so horrified with the perspective of sneezing or Read more
|Astonishing Fri., Jun 15, 2007|
Posted by: kalka2
This is jaw-dropping, astonishing music. Itís not at all easy listening, especially the first two tracks. In terms of sheer density, 1999 is about perhaps the most similar Soundscape recording. But this is far more varied and multicolored than Read more
|Itīs not easy to like it Fri., Jun 15, 2007|
Posted by: Stahlhofen
When I first heard the CD I thought my speakers were ruined. I could not believe what I heard. You donīt hear a guitar. Itīs all sound. Strings, Synthsounds, cars the noises of a town all mixed Read more
|Massive! Like a Thunderstorm Fri., Jun 15, 2007|
Posted by: mudfish55
Moments. I still remember popping this in the CD console driving home from the store along a canopy road in the early summertime. As the music began to swirl up around me, so too did a large summer thunderstorm Read more
|Late Night Soundtrack Fri., Jun 15, 2007|
Posted by: djscomics
I really liked this one when it came out, and have continued to enjoy this ever since. It has a darkness about it that really makes the mind Read more