disco-tronics = god save the queen February 6, 2009
Written by mjboyce
I seem to recall that the b side of the album God Save the Queen featured the said "discotronics." I was uncertain of what I thought of it at the time (although I loved Frippertronics straight off as what I still believe to be most beautiful, original music), but i hope and beg and pray for any frippertronic material at this juncture, and so would welcome an opportunity to reassess it. This interview triggers a presence near to what the music does for me, but mostly residual and cognitive, rather than conscious and visceral. Very pleasant, nonetheless.
You gotta hear it to believe it November 15, 2007
Written by KC_1980s
I think the best thing that can be said about this interview is the "discotronic" album never happened!!! You have to listen just to hear Fripp discussing his plans for a disco album. (He also holds
forth on philosophy, music, life, creativity, and so on - I don’t think the hostess was quite ready for this!) Fortunately for music history disco had died its horrible death before Fripp actually recorded a disco album, and we got the groovy League of Gentlemen (with a woman member!?) instead. But this interview serves to remind us what could have been.
Friction From Fripp February 9, 2007
Written by harmonicscarf
This interview is heavily and not entirely unmildly laced with repeated references to ’Gurdjieffian Metaphysics’, which is not at all a secret aspect of Fripps ’way of life’, and was, I believe very fresh and new at the time. It is clear that he has really gone through an intense transition and from what I am beginning to understand, this is what happens when one goes into incubation for 9 months of extreme confrontation with oneself. The interview is very entertaining, to me, but it raises more questions about the sequence of events leading up to Fripp’s enrollment in the Harmonious Development course.
Has anyone noticed that J.G. Bennett gave his big talk at Caxton on the same day as the Nightwatch recordings? November 23, 1973. Is this something that would seem to be significant to Mr. Fripp. I wonder. When did Bennett come into Fripp’s life? The improvisation "Is there life out there" might very well be a direct reference to an idea that was put forward the night of Nov. 23 ’73, by Bennett. Did Fripp actually prefer to be at the talk and not looking at hot Dutch babes??! Maybe this is all trivial, but I admit, I am very interested to know more about it.
Anyhoo, this interview shows the ’reborn’ Fripp with a lot of new ideas, especially the part about friction and creating an energy factory in the body. When one puts forth more effort the results can be multiplied, and having the ability to DO becomes real!!!!!
-Matthu Stull Feb.9,2007
Treasure June 15, 2006
Written by xoconostle
I remember this period well but being Californian hadn’t heard this rich interview at the time. Although "Music for Sports" and "Discotronics" weren’t released as such, it might be said that "God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners" in its original release came close to fulfilling the vision.An interesting, entertaining, and charming document.
Mr F's charming interlocutor June 15, 2006
Written by warren
I’m glad to hear this. Much of the period is illuminated, and I enjoyed Mr F’s description of both the Frippertronics tape system and his pleasure at its products.
But who is the interviewer? Does anybody know?
No escaping the past June 13, 2006
Written by adbass
This (presently) free interview is a very kind gift to all those who have enjoyed reading Robert’s online diaries for the past few years.
The young Mr. Fripp on display here is smart and charming, enthused with his (then) recent and becoming work and with the task of communicating his music and ideas to new audiences. One can note too in the interview the same concerns and issues that surface in the present-day diaries; the machinations of the music industry, finding an audience, the relationships between musician, audience and performance and developing a discipline (or ways of working). Only here, hope is supreme.
Robert’s diaries suggested some embarassment on his part concerning the content or conduct of the interview. Well, there’s really not much to be ashamed of. The young Mr. F does seem to have a lot to say, but it is all amiable enough. I’ll admit that I found the ’jumping out of tall buildings’ metaphor a bit laboured (and somewhat surreal). And comments about upcoming ’new bands’ could be interpreted as somewhat condescending towards elements of the New Wave, but are also entirely understandable coming from an 11-year veteren speaking in then still-early days of Rock n Roll.
And the interviewer is really charming too in a slightly goofy way. Her open good humour would likely not be considered an asset in today’s media universe. Pity.
RF interview June 13, 2006
Written by Earl_Exxon
Now this is not a review in the usual sense, since it is dealing with is an interview and not a piece of music.
I believe this is the first time I’ve heard the voice of RF. I may have heard him back in 1979 when he was on his Frippertronics tour, but I can’t remember it.
While english is not my native language I may have missed parts here and there, but what I hear is an open minded, curious and very friendly gentleman.
Many of his visions then did not come to life as he hoped, but he surely has accomplished many other things like reviving KC twice, Guitar Craft and the Soundscapes thing keeps evolving.
When I compare to what RF writes in his diaries nowadays it occurs to me that RF is not too happy with parts of his past. Though I like his writings, his observations, comments and photographing, it seems to me he likes the role as a grumpy old man.
That’s why the interview stroke me by surprise, this very friendly gentleman.