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Frippertronics take their first steps,
This review is from: Let the Power Fall (Audio CD)
Released in 1981 at the arse end of new wave, with the old rock dinosaurs either giving up or shutting up shop for a while and the cancer of disco dominating radio. All in all a pretty awful time.
Along came a guitarist who had turned his back on one of the aformentioned dinosaurs (King Crimson) in order to do some more interesting stuff with guitar & tape loops - a technique basically cribbed from his mate Brian Eno - see their marvellous collaborations Evening Star and No Pussyfooting for examples.
The resulting six pieces of music (sequentially titled 1984 to 1989) at first seem bleak, soulless and repetitive, but upon further listening reveal themselves to be hypnotic, beautiful and profoundly moving - even, dare I say, ambient?
Technology has moved on and Fripp doesnt make music quite like this anymore and I am sad about that as in many ways this very primitive way of making looped music is actually purer than the digital methods he now utilises.
Not to everyones taste by any means - it is way different to King Crimson & only about 10% of people who I have played Frippertronics to even think it is music! However if you do like Eno/Reich/Glass give it a go. All the subsequent 'Soundscapes' using up to date technology are also well worth listening to but this is where it started...
Incidentally, there is more Frippertronics on the now deleted Under Heavy Manners/God Save the Queen album and also a single track (Water Music - postscript)on Exposure if you like this example of 'pure' Frippertronics you don't have much to collect!