Lotus Feet (John McLaughlin cover)

One of my first quarantine tasks was to disentangle the muddle of cables which, over the years, had rendered my guitar synth and loopers all but unplayable. This is one of my favourite pieces to play with the guitar synth. Although it first appeared on a Mahavishnu Orchestra album, the most beautiful versions out there … Read more Lotus Feet (John McLaughlin cover)

Waveforms ambient looping (or Frippertronics 3)

Guitar and effects pedals

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)

How to play Frippertronics (2): into action

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

How to play Frippertronics (1)

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)