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 donít mean that this is the highly compressed garbage that has become far too common, and has turned music into aural wallpaper (you canít 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 "Iím 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.
Donít 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, Iím 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 donít know why and I donít care; it does what is does and itís 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 youíve heard those before, you will be pleased). But there are also some very interesting echoes of Frippís 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. Itís a bit more earthly and edgy than Frippís 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 Iím 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 whoís been excited by either the Churchscape series or Thread before to buy and enjoy this right away.
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