I sat four rows from the front. The front line of the band was three full drumkits. The set list was largely drawn from a period of the band’s history that hadn’t greatly interested me before. I had earplugs in, but I took them out after three pieces. After two hours I thought this was … Read more King Crimson: love letters and hot dates
There’s a great book to be written one day about the life and music of Robert Fripp, but it would have to be a fat one. The consistent theme of his life has been attention to detail, and it’s only in the details of the projects he’s been involved with that the insights would come. … Read more Robert Fripp – attention, attention, attention!
In my last couple of posts on Frippertronics I’ve shown how Robert Fripp started playing this form of wave-like looping soundscape, and I’ve demonstrated how I tried to copy it for my own enjoyment using various bits of equipment I’d accumulated over the years. That was very much derivative of Fripp’s music. In my own … Read more Waveforms ambient looping (or Frippertronics 3)
In my last post I described how I approach Frippertronics and ambient looping in general. I also talked about the equipment I use. But how do you approach it in a performance? Even if the performance is just for your own enjoyment? Over and over I’ve seen friends try the equipment and very quickly create … Read more How to play Frippertronics (2): into action
What’s Frippertronics? Robert Fripp’s typically mock-academic definition of Frippertronics is the musical experience resulting at the interstice of Robert Fripp and a small, mobile and appropriate level of technology…. The origin of Frippertronics The origin of Frippertronics is well documented. Brian Eno introduced Fripp to the recycling delay effect of playing into a set of … Read more How to play Frippertronics (1)
Having been unavailable for a while the Waveforms album of ambient instrumentals is now up on Bandcamp, with a couple of extra bonus tracks. It’s priced at £4.00 rather than free. Why? Because I think music is worth something. It’s not much and you’re welcome to pay more if you want. The first track is … Read more ‘Waveforms’ is now on Bandcamp