Glad... January 2, 2007
Written by svargon
I attended the Boston show and it was a very lifting experience. Robert Fripp was greeting people as they were entering to hall. I remember the music continued for over five minutes after they left the stage. I was blown away then as I am now. I am glad to have a record of this event.
Oh my God! December 30, 2006
Written by ionpeta
I think this is one of most beautiful Fripp music I ever heard. In a couple of years, maybe a little bit less or more, Uncle Bob changed way. It has not been a forced "decision" but a natural way of feeling music. For that you might listen to this: itís enchanting music, very compassionate and true. Thatís heart music for good listening hearts. Very pitiful to miss it. Believe me.
Stunning December 27, 2006
Written by juani108
Thanks one more time Mr. Fripp for taking us to another hidden cosmos inside your soundscapes.
Timeless December 13, 2006
Written by gradvans
This recording is a disappointment every time it ends. I wish it would go on for hours. Much better than expected.
bringing the joy of calmness worldwide December 7, 2006
Written by anjey_b
Robert Fripp continues to astound us. His soundscapes are one of the rare and excellent examples of how true music "might enter our sorry world" nowadays. One could learn a lot dealing with this mixture of spontaneity/sobriety. Another wonderful thing about it is that it can be approached and appreciated on many levels and by those who do not know who is Robert Fripp, what are soundscapes etc. i.e. you do not need any special introduction/knowledge to start listening, yet that depends only on you how far youíd go in exploring it. And as I see it now, there is a lot to explore. In short, listen to it and you might get what is Music.
Thank you very much for making your live performances recordings available via the net. I just have three remarks of the technical kind:
- if you offer mp3s, please do not make them in 128kbps or even in 192kbps -- that obviously distorts and spoils the original. Only 256 or 320kbps. But thank goodness you have it in FLAC. So I would recommend everyone to get the FLAC version otherwise thereís no sense to buy it.
- I think the artwork for these marvels could be more thoroughly worked out. But perhaps that is not important at all.
- "5 stars - Excellent" option is not enough here. I wish I could give it all stars.
Again, the Question December 5, 2006
Written by BillKent
What is most marvelous, and valid, about Mr. Frippís Soundscapes is that they contain within them an inquiry into how it is possible to make music, given the time, place, audience expectations, performerís expectations and other factors leading to the moment at which the music happens. This question isnít trivial. While, for some, the creation of art is easy, or necessary, or an expression of passion or merely a blessed event, it is, for professionals, a part of an on-going practice that rarely leads where the practioner wishes to go. At its best, the practice of art reveals things to the artist about himself, and his relationship with his world, that he would not find any other way. At its worst, the practice of art becomes a terribly unreliable and frequently unrewarding way to acquire sustinance, "make money," change oneís status and, perhaps, affect the "hopeless rutting" that Mr. Fripp supposedly experienced in his youth that, the tale of which, as Dr. Watson said of Sherlock Holmesís adventures with the Giant Rat of Sumatra, "the world is not yet prepared." We donít get any of this in Soundscapes. We donít get a demonstration of musical ability, craft, skill or chops. We donít get an artist showing us how "good" he can be. Mr. Fripp knows enough about music theory to produce hours of sweet, lush sheets of sound that could be used as mood, background or ambient music. He could also provide enough dissonance to disturb us far more than any of us would wish. That he has the ability to act intentionally in an improvisational event becomes even more remarkable when you consider that , beyond the promise of a start and a finish, Soundscapes are not intentional. Neither are they completely random: the artist and his audience are not merely victims of chance, trial or error. Rather Soundscapes are the opportunity to let an answer arise to that barely voiced question: how is music possible? How is it welcomed into the world? How can we part of its process without harming it? How can we accept every reason, many of them worthwhile, rational and astute, to never to make art again, and yet persist in making it? The answer Mr. Fripp finds is always different and distinct to the time and place at which each Soundscape was born. And yet, as distinct as the answer can be, it has a continual relevance. This makes listening, and, therefore "owning" the recordings, an opportunity for further exploration, especially with Soundscapes such as these, when it seems that we are not so much listening to recorded music, as much as we are listening to sounds within ourselves, that have always existed, in some inexplicable way, and are only now being revealed by one manís patient curiosity.
Useful Music November 30, 2006
Written by printmaker
The first question that I asked myself, in my was "Do I need to buy more Soundscape?". I decided that I did and my modest outlay has given me some very rich and useful music. I do not feel that I have the words to describe this music and I will simply list the uses that I found for it:
It seems sometimes that the best that we can hope for today is that something is simply fit for its purpose. Evensong meets that requirement admirably. Be tempted to explore the uses that you can make of this music.
- On a moonlit walk through dark lanes; it was a pleasant companion and I could still hear owls hooting over the music.
- Sitting contemplating reflections. It is interesting to me how the music created in one space transfers to another. In this case from an evening church to the matins of a chilly morning by a wild pond. This was a pleasant moment. The final section is a lovely soundtrack to meditations on pleasant times.
- At work (1). I work in very fine detail and need music that will wash past me at one time but also allow me to stop and concentrate on it at another. Evensong is proving to be a congenial companion in the studio.
- At work (2). I thoroughly recommend Evensong to accompany the slow repetition of printing on an iron handpress.
Peaceful and Beautiful. November 28, 2006
Written by LouieB
Once again, Robert Fripp fails to disapoint with the latest live download entitled "Evensong". Drawn from two concerts performed during Frippís Soundscapes tour in Estonia, the three pieces that make up this set are some of the most gentle and peaceful soundscapes Fripp has done up to this point. Also, their extended length and minimalist structures create a sense of timelessness and endless floating.
The opening "Evensong Tallin" features typical Fripp atmospherics with his emotional flowing guitar leads over the top. After 10-minutes, this leads directly into the 17-minute "Coda" in which a repeated bell-like phrase takes over and carries to the finish.
The closing "Evensong Haapsalu" begins with a slightly darker mood with an organ sound reminiscent of a Bach tocatta. Frippís guitar leads tend to be on the more jazzy side here. At the halfway mark, minimalist bell sounds once again take over bringing the music to a relaxing weightless and simplistic ending.
As mentioned above, "Evensong" finds Robert Fripp at his most peaceful. The 47-minutes of music on this download are great for relaxing after experiencing busy and stressful times. Personally, this download came at a perfect time.
If you enjoy other Fripp Soundscapes, "Evensong" is another one to add to the long list. Definitely Beautiful indeed.
The Sound of Bells Gently Chiming November 27, 2006
Written by ScottM
Does this music mostly settle into a mimicry of bells gently chiming on a quiet afternoon? Yes. Do I like the sound of bells gently chiming? Yes. Is the music reminiscent of the first two Fripp and Eno albums? Yes, in parts. Given that Mr. Eno actually demonstrated an interest in (real and virtual) bells a few years ago, do I feel that his influence is very much here? Yes. Is there value to this performance and this concept of music? Yes. Is it $12.95 worth? Well, I would have to say no, given that if I ever lose my copy of this I will most likely not order it again. Are Fripp and Enoís best days behind them? Not necessarily, but this music fails to rise to the legacy of projects like "No Pussyfooting" or "Let the Power Fall", which were rather unique and powerful in their time. If this were a mass-marketed CD, would I recommend it to fans of Mr. Fripp? No. Am I glad that Mr. Fripp has DGM Live to offer his latest music at, and that I can hear what he is up to? Yes. Am I glad that I paid $12.95 for it? Not especially.
Evensong November 26, 2006
Written by Wilbert
Very beautiful, must be downloaded!!!
Music with a lot of stars in it. Music to ease the mind!
magic November 25, 2006
Written by rfwhitman
This is sublime music. The muse was present. I canít think of a more essential performance in the soundscape mode. In terms of musicality here is a live improvisational performance that stands with "composed" electronic orchestral space music.
absolutely great November 24, 2006
Written by manfrombangkok
I trust the opinion of my dear cousin absolutely!
This is music as it should be!
manfrombangkok says hello!
Mysterious,Timeless November 23, 2006
Written by Armand
Very, very beautiful indeed.
Glimpses of other worlds, other timelines.
Primal crying of pain and delight!!!!
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