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Robert Fripp


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2.88 | 61 ratings

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2 stars Robert Fripp - Let the Power fall (1981)

Robert Fripp is known as founding member and brain behind major progressive rock group King Crimson. Besides that he is known for experimenting with the electric guitar and the equipment available. Perhaps this is the definitive record if you like Robert Fripp's frippertronics, but it has nothing else to offer then just that.

Frippertronics could be described as use for electronic equipment and electric guitar in order to create repetitive loops that allow for adding one note every loop. This results in endless loops of about six seconds with minor changes of single electric guitar notes that sound as if played by a cheap synthesizer. With this technique Robert Fripp managed to fill a record (without any other musicians or instruments). All compositions sounds the same and evolve in same way. This often results in sound-scape-like creations that don't have to much emotional depth, whilst offering some concentration and non-threatening atmospheres. There is no variety in approach and sound of the guitar on this album. Furthermore I assume all compositions are played in one take, where the addition of a 'normal' guitar line would not have hurt at all. Actually, this album just sounds like standing in a mad, but static scientist's laboratory without sounding psychedelic.

Conclusion. Unless you really want to know what frippertronics are I can recommend spending your money elsewhere. Later sound-scape albums of Robert Fripp are said to be way more interesting and this one just doesn't make too much sense. Two stars.

friso | 2/5 |


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