Tag Archives: Experimental

Weekly Vinyl – Pussyfooting

2 Oct

No Pussyfooting
Robert Fripp & Brian Eno
This is supposed to be ambient music but is it really? The music challenges the listener. It beacons them and then forces them away.
It is rather brilliant. If you are in the right frame of mind it will carry you away on a transcendental wave of soothing music. Listen to it the next day when you are busy or just not in the mood – it will annoy and confuse.
The cover photo of Eno and Fripp sitting in a mirrored room is indicative of the music on the album. Using tape loops – two reel-to-reel tape recorders on recording and one playing – Eno was able to create powerful loops using Fripp’s unique guitar playing and some synths.
I’m writing this and have the album playing – it jumps from background to the foreground quite easily and I find myself lost in a reverie and floating with the music … and not writing.

Weekly Vinyl — Dune

12 Jul

Klause Schulze

This is Trance before it was Trance, this was New Age, before someone came up with that silly and meaningless category. This is very cool music and I’m glad I pulled it out. Klause Schulze is a master. Most electronica dance practitioners owe a lot of their craft, their music to Mr. Schulze. Do they know it? I particularly like this album because of the beautiful soft and enchanting cello that intertwines with the harsh, rhythmic synthesizer sounds.
The synths used are all analogue here. The ones with lots of wires that had to be physically plugged and unplugged, dials that had to be rotated to create sounds. No sampling here. Digital synthesizers with programming and all the automation were still a few years down the road.

This is a masterpiece of an album, many years ahead of its time yet of the time. In 1979 progressive rock was being moved from the mainstream to the fringes by punk, new wave and reggae. The fringes allowed for more creativity and experimentation before the market forces abandoned the genre.
Once again, a fantastic album. If you don’t have it, or are not convinced — somebody posted it on Youtube. Check it out. You won’t regret it. (Except for the lacklustre computer/YouTube sound.)