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Fripp & Eno


Progressive Electronic

3.60 | 141 ratings

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5 stars For starters, it will be quiet hard to fit this work as such, even with the early 60's late 70's electronic music..... Prog and not. It stands closer to the "un-musical" aesthetics, of early electronic music, which dates back to 1925, with Luigi Russolo's "ALL" electronic compositions, which were never intended or needed, to be "tagged" as such. The obviuos "comparisson" between this kind of FRIPP & ENO "language", and the traditional "Prog" one, is undeserving, due to its inherent "non-musical" approach to these avant/garde structures, there are 2,.... or "noise-like", if it helps.

So, to even things out, this is as close as the late, purely electronic music of musicians, like Xenakis or Stockhausen, comes to Prog. Obviously this kind of work fits perfectly under the Progressive/Electronic sub-genre, more than anything else, considering its participants.

Brian Eno has a field day in this kind of non-musical experiments, he was already trying to break out, of all common places in the construction of his music, his "tools" (tapes, synths, recorders, tapes, studio facilities, gadgets, etc, etc...), were in fact already more than tried and tested (remember since 1925). He had at the time (1973) left, to call it somehow, Roxy Music's planet, and was already embarking in his "solo" discography.

On the other hand, Robert Fripp, had to carry with the weight of "exiling" his instrument of choice, the electric guitar, with its perfectly tuned strings to the Central-European, canons of structures, to the unruly world of Droning-Noise.

This was a great first step for the electric guitar kingdom and the court of guitarists that follows. He succeeded, without doubts, and his guitar playing, changed for good and for long. (Yes, there are "solos" and "riffs", but on the un-musical side of noise.)

It is quiet unwise to approach this "No Pussyfooting" effort as a musical effort, just because it is recorded. These are 2 long -timed "Drone-like" compositions, (around 20 minutes each), which are "raw", electronic, non-musical structures, which are constructed in the pure electronic spirit of the early pioneers, but transfixed for the Avant Garde audiophiles of now, by two of the most prolific composers and founders of not only this sub-genre, but of Prog.

WARNING----"To expect "music" is missing the whole trip." *****5 PA stars!

admireArt | 5/5 |


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