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Re: Let The Power Fall
Various people wrote:
>> I wish... Ifinally got "Let The Power Fall" t'other day and was
utterly >> disappointed. I was expecting more variety of tones (ie
more than one!), >> as on the GP soundpage "Easter Monday" or the
performances in Wimbourne >> Minster for a BBC documentary. I'd
really like to take this one back - >the
>> whole "beyond Fripp" argument seems more and more meaningless... >
>Might I remind you that the Let The Power Fall material is quite a
bit >older than the current Soundscapes material, and also more than
minimalist >in comparison. As a rough outline/example of looping
guitar, if not also >an introduction to such work, I think it excels.
There is no levels of >complexity to plow through to figure out "how
it's done", frankly; and, as >minimalist tone poems, I've always
>What exactly were you looking for in this album, to be so
Well, both the documentary and soundpage featured much richer
textures, which I was expecting - though both were a _bit_ later than
LTPF, maybe '84. Certainly pre-Soundscapes! He was using a Roland
Gtr synth, but also electric and acoustic guitars. As an example of
looping, agreed, it's great; as a peice of music I wasn't impressed.
Your point on "minimalist tone poems" is a good one, though; perhaps
I'm listening to the work with the wrong ears (so to speak).
I'll give it another go. To those who know the peices I'm talking
about - mid-80's Frippertronics - has he released anything with wider
varieties of tones?
I really dig LTPF! I got it used at Hastings about a year ago. When I
first heard it I though "What crap! Doesn't even sound like guitars!"
But, I listened to it more and more, and now it one of my fave
records. I think that its the ultimate chill-out music. Soundcapes
great too, but I find Frippertronics more organiac, interesting, and
enjoyable. Its purty cool to turn it up really loud, sit back, and
just listen to Robert construct his "tone poems". Really beatuiful
On the subject of Frippertronics gear: LTPF was recorded in '79. I
don't think that Fripp was using guitar synths at that time. I've
lots of pix of him performing Frippertronics live, and hes just using
his Les Paul Custom. I don't think that those early Roland synths
special pickups that you could just install on any guitar. Im pretty
sure you had to use the guitar controller that came with the synth. I
think the GR300 on looked like a strange Gibson SG. You can see them
in various pix of Fripp and Belew, on the "Bruford and the Beat"
video, and on the "Live in Japan '84" video. Also, in a interview
Fripp that is on the ELephant Talk website, the interviewer asks some
questions about Frippertronics, and Fripp tells all the gear he uses.
This is what he said:
Frippertronics is defined as that musical experience which results at
the (intersection) of Robert Fripp and a small and appropriate level
of technology which is my Les Paul, the Fripple board, the Fripp
board of fuzz, wah-wah and volume pedals and two Revoxes.
Some of the sounds on LTPF sure sound like guitar synth but.....Im
sure. I don't know about the mid 80s stuff though. Never heard it.
Wow! I contributed something!
Jay or Boris