Episode #3151

Robert Fripp’s Soundscapes, Live 2010

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Electric-guitar based ambient music created in the moment by Robert Fripp is what you’ll hear on this New Sounds.  Best known as the founder and leader of King Crimson, he developed a tape-looping technique eventually dubbed “Frippertronics,” which he used when he worked with Brian Eno in the mid 1970’s.  (Fripp also formed an acoustic steel string performance-ensemble - the League of Crafty Guitarists in the mid-80’s - which has influenced countless guitarists.) 

Frippertronics has become Soundscapes, where he creates loops in real time, creating multiple layers, and then improvises solos on top of all of it.  Fripp set up in the secular cathedral of the World Financial Center for a two-day residency in early December of 2010 and we’ll hear part of a live performance recorded on December 4, along with John Schaefer’s interview.



WEB EXTRAS (interview clips, more music):

Listen to Part 2 of Soundscapes 12/4/2010

Robert Fripp on being sampled by Kanye for "Power"

Robert Fripp on finding the original masters of "In the Court of The Crimson King"

Comments [14]

Shaun Russell from Australia

Thank you....all killer no filler!

Jan. 05 2014 05:23 PM
Ric from NYC

Just simply wonderful.

Mar. 26 2011 11:50 PM
Linus Ogalsbee

Absolutely beautiful and otherworldly.

Mar. 05 2011 09:05 PM
jeff from Baltimore

I recall seeing him in a place in the village called The Kitchen..also seem to think it was earlier than1981, more like 1979/80?

Feb. 23 2011 04:06 PM
Paul Sonnenberg from Austin TX

Happy to find this here... A wonderful deepening of my day...

Jan. 28 2011 02:12 PM

I remember an early Frippertronics concert I saw in a church in the West Village in 1981. Most excellent. Years later, I'd make a point of going to WFC to hear Robert when he was around. He did it for years. I'd bring a book, sit and listen. I love NY for things like this.

Jan. 22 2011 12:56 AM
bob costill from southern swamps of jersey

very coool fripp continues forward, he lays like he speaks,it seems.

Jan. 05 2011 03:14 AM

I was at the WFC for all four performances of this latest "in residency" and all of them were most amazing...thank you again, Mr. Fripp for the gorgeous ambience that filled the Winter Garden.

Jan. 03 2011 11:02 PM
Erik Martinez

Please remember. In 74 Fripp told us it was the end. Then five years later got Discipline.

Jan. 02 2011 10:40 PM
pol from catalonia (Spain)

Fripp is a big and great intellectual poet, not just because is inspired but because inspired me.

Dec. 30 2010 04:06 PM
Mattias Alm from Göteborg, Sweden

A fine interview and wonderful music. Also found it both amusing and touching to hear the Starless melody as a setting for one part of the music.


Dec. 29 2010 04:47 AM
Richard Ross

Thanks for this interview. Nice to hear a touch of Starless to thread to a new beginning as it has summed up before that which has passed.

Dec. 25 2010 01:31 AM
Kris Nelson

Thank you indeed for this interview and a glimpse at the soundscapes emanating from a place overlooking "ground zero". Nice to hear Robert Fripp is ending and starting yet another phase in his creative life.

Dec. 24 2010 01:32 AM
Phillip R McCreary

Thank you for this interview. Wonderful, just wonderful.

Dec. 23 2010 04:19 PM

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