DGM 9505 Radiophonics: 1995 Soundscapes Volume 1
- Live In Argentina
Produced by Robert Fripp & David Singleton
Released on May 28, 1996
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DGM 9505 cover
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S oundscapes, as the name implies, are self-contained worlds of sound constructed from what used to be called “Frippertronics.” You don’t hear that word much anymore, as Frippology has dispensed with the old nomenclature (which smacked of commercial branding). Now, as the liner notes explain (and expose and expound and elaborate on), the guitarist is interested in music as an auditory experience. How do we hear music? How does the audience’s reaction to music admit the artist back into his own creation? Why would anyone care? (You may not.) While it’s wonderful when an artist of Fripp’s measured genius arrives at a new place musically, I can’t help but wonder if he isn’t simply retracing some of Tangerine Dream’s old footsteps from twenty years past. The eerie, internal worlds of “Radiophonic I and II” or “Atmosphere,” the smooth electronic vista of “Sky,” each has a precedent in works like TD’s Phaedra or David Bowie’s Heroes (which featured Fripp). There are differences to be sure, subtle perhaps to the uninitiated, more apparent to the student of sound. It’s the latter who will gain the most from the Soundscapes series. If you really get into music (and I mean get “into” it), Radiophonics is tantamount to giving the old bean a constitutional. This is not ambient music; it was designed to be listened to intently. The word “ambient” is bandied about a bit too freely for my tastes anyway; unless you’re performing muzak for elevators or shopping malls, you’re probably not making ambient music (Eno’s early experiments aside). Radiophonics is intense music, more so than early Frippertronics albums like Let The Power Fall. Is it required listening in the Fripp oeuvre? Probably not, although even casual Fripp fans would do well to dip into the Soundscapes series at least once. Me, I’ll probably save Radiophonics for early icy mornings or late nights when dark thoughts won’t disperse.

TRACK LISTING

  1. RADIOPHONIC I
  2. RADIOPHONIC II
    Buenos Aires Suite
  3. ATMOPSHERE
  4. ELEGY (FOR MOTHERS AND CHILDREN)
  5. STREETS
  6. SKY

    All music written by Robert Fripp

CREDITS

ROBERT FRIPP -- guitarist
David Singleton -- digital editor and mastering engineer (SADiE)
John Sinks -- FOH sound, sound technician
John Miller -- cover picture
Bill Smith Studio -- sleeve design and artwork
Steve Ball -- DGM logo

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
WW May 28, 1996 Discipline Global Music CD DGM 9505 picture sleeve

 

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