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See, the end to music is a process. The end to recording is also a process. But a record is a product. Because of the restrictions and constrictions, the way of recording I feel some of us as human beings are tuners to this vibration that comes through us. It comes through us. I feel that, sure, I can take credit for these songs, but they come from another place.
His personal discipline is to improve the quality of the components, the transistors, the speakers, the alloys in the receiver itself, but never to concern himself overmuch with putting out the program. The program is there; all he has to do is receive it as far as possible. I was a snob and I still am. I think rock n roll is interesting and some of it is more interesting than it used to be in the fifties. Rock is the most malleable musical form we have. Within the rock framework you can play jazz, classical, trance music, Urubu drumming.
Anything you like can come under the banner of rock. From its beginnings, minimalism seemed to have something in common with rock: a steady pulse, plenty of repetition, a grounding in simple tonality. Furthermore, the audiences for both types of music overlapped to a considerable extent. The s saw a parting of the ways, however. The music of the best minimalist composers grew more complex, more difficult — in a sense, more classical and less minimal.
Fripp himself has denied that Reich had any direct influence on his work; when he made No Pussyfooting with Brian Eno in , an album often cited as one of the crucial minimalism- rock connections, Fripp had heard neither the music of Reich nor of Glass though Eno had. Because it is preconceived and orchestrated. Examples of popular culture: Beatles, Dylan, Hendrix.
He feels that under certain circumstances mass culture can be used for the good, citing the Live Aid concert in England — an event which awakened in people a genuine spirit of caring and generosity, regardless of cynical questions that were raised regarding how well the money was used and how much help the fund-raising actually did. While viewing rock as a musical style complex is interesting enough as an exercise in analytical musicology, in the real world rock is more a spirit than a style, more an audience than a specific type of music.
For the sociologist, rock is a demographic bulge; for the record industry, rock is a marketing category, a publicity strategy. For Fripp, rock is a democratic music. Although a masterful guitar technician himself, and although he pushes his students to develop their musicianship to the utmost, he acknowledges that in rock, ideas count more than musical competence, sincerity more than virtuosity: virtually anybody who feels the urge can make a musical statement in the language and context of rock, regardless of how well, in classical terms, they can play or sing.
Rock and roll is street poetry. Full-blown Gothic rock was a genre for which Fripp had absolutely no use. I went out to the front. It began to rain. I was standing in six inches of mud. It was drizzling. A man over here on my right began to vomit.
A man over here to my left pulled open his flies and began to urinate over my leg. Then I looked at the group on stage — their lasers shooting off ineffectually into the night, locked into this same dream. Both seemed to him to be music of the people, to return music to the people, throwing the dinosaurs of the music industry off track, however temporarily.
It started out as the expression of two disadvantaged communities — the gays and the blacks. Schruers , 16 Robert Fripp believes that one can learn just as much by listening to music one dislikes as by listening to music one likes — in other words, that there can be an educational purpose served by music beyond that of satisfying mere subjective taste. Not the sounds, but the listening. One name that pops up repeatedly is Jimi Hendrix, whom Fripp cites as an example of pure embodiment of the spirit of music.
The intensity of the musical current flowing through Hendrix is what killed him in the end, according to Fripp. The whole rush to synthesizer guitars, MIDI, and digital signal processing in the s left Fripp unimpressed. He did use the technology for his own purposes in King Crimson IV and with Andy Summers, even deigning to endorse the GR synthesizer guitar in Roland advertisements in He has often acknowledged his debt to Bartok, particularly the Bartok of the String Quartets, many of whose movements sound positively Frippian, with their intense linear counterpoint, percussive rhythms, odd metrical schemes, extended tonality, exotic scales, and piquant dissonances.
Surely the most surprising point is how much inspired work had prosaic origins. There is a cap on how far it can go. There is a cap on what it can do. He would much rather have been present to hear Beethoven improvise at the piano in person. One afternoon in February Fripp and a bunch of his students were standing around the coffee urn during a Guitar Craft seminar discussing the pros and cons of notated music. To musicians who have tasted the rewards of a close, devoted study of masters like Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart — through live performances, keyboard score-reading, recorded media, and the process of intuitive analysis — this is a tough pill to swallow.
A parallel might be drawn between reading a Bach score and reading the Bible. I for one am glad to have the Bible and the Well-Tempered Clavier on my shelf. Classical musicians play notes that are written and fixed on paper. Guitar Craft performances consist of music that appears to be carefully composed and tightly disciplined, as if the musicians are simply doing their best to execute some sort of pre-conceived composition.
Drozdowski , 30 It seems to me that in any kind of musical performance situation there will always be a danger of the musician falling into unconsciousness, relying on technique alone, and becoming in effect a sound-producing automaton. The Western art music tradition has a rich history of performers taking all kinds of liberties with the written score, in many instances in effect completely re-composing it, whether in actual notation or in the heat of an inspired performance.
Many composers have also been improvisers, able to develop and transform themes into new creations on the spot. It was really only with the rise of positivist musicology in the twentieth century that this sort of thing went out of favor and that improvisation, in the art-music world, became a lost art.
This cleaning-up was a first step; the second stage, now in full swing, is the movement toward faithful reproduction of historically authentic performance practices involving the use of period instruments, original scores, and all the knowledge of style, ornamentation, improvisation, and so on, that musicology can manage to dig up. In the contemporary historical performance scene, opportunities for whole new ranges of use and abuse of knowledge have opened up.
On the one hand, the educated musician can respond to the situation by contacting the spirit behind the music and — not slavishly but with considered knowledge — playing with a range of embellishments and other expressive elements tempo, dynamics, phrasing, and so on not literally specified by the raw notes in the score but called for by the spirit of the music, internalized in the sensitive performer through study and practice. The music of every historical period calls for different kinds of interpretation, and it is probably true that there is more freedom in interpreting the music of the eighteenth century and earlier than nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, since in recent times composers have become more and more meticulous in notating their intentions with regard to every last nuance of expression.
Be this as it may, surely one can speak of a range of possible interpretations of a given piece of classical music; when all that is played is the notes, with no hint of internalization of the style, of the music — such playing is and has always been, I suppose the bane of music departments and performance spaces around the world. This is as true of the King Crimson or Guitar Craft repertoire as it is of the classical. Chew them over for a while; we will return to them in the final chapter.
How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the far north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the depths of the pit.
Dery , 51 Only very rarely has Fripp exposed anything about his childhood in interviews. So how can you process that information and experience? From the age of eleven, when his parents had bought him his first guitar on December 24, , Fripp had known that music was to be his life. From the age of fourteen, he had various miscellaneous performing experiences, playing guitar in hotels and restaurants and backing up singers.
And I took my guitar. I had lots of opportunities to practice there, which I found quite wonderful. It was there that I established a deeper relationship with the instrument. She simply burst into tears. I took her reaction to heart and my decision was delayed until I was twenty. He studied for a year and a half at Bournemouth College, taking A-levels in economics, economic history, and political history; the idea was to go to London and pursue a degree in estate management.
Rosen , 19 Cremation did land a few gigs, but Fripp ended up canceling most of them — the group was so awful he was afraid of jeopardizing what local musical reputation he had been able to earn. Nineteen sixty-seven was perhaps the high-water mark of the rock explosion of the s; anything could happen in music, and there was a sense that, for once, the groups that were the best in a creative sense could also be — indeed, often were — the most popular.
It was all music. Perhaps different dialects, but it was all the same language. At that point, it was a call which I could not resist From that point to this very day , my interest is in how to take the energy and spirit of rock music and extend it to the music drawing on my background as part of the European tonal harmonic tradition.
In other words, what would Hendrix sound like playing Bartok? The trio rehearsed and moved to London that fall to work a gig accompanying a singer in an Italian restaurant. Cheerful Insanity is a very English record. We were unable to find even one gig. World sales of the album within the first year were under My first royalty statement showed sales in Canada of 40 and Sweden of 1.
Drummer Michael Giles, born near Bournemouth in , was the oldest of the members of the original King Crimson lineup. He began playing drums at the age of twelve, and played in jazz and skiffle groups in the s, then in rock bands in the s. Giles and Fripp then sought out a songwriting team, which turned out to be lyricist Peter Sinfield along with composer and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, who could play various reeds and woodwinds as well as vibraphone, guitar, and keyboards. Both McDonald and Lake were more than competent guitarists; upon joining King Crimson Lake played only bass, and McDonald performed duties on reeds, woodwinds, vibes, and keyboards, leaving Fripp as the sole guitarist.
It would have been fascinating to be a fly on the wall of the basement during the first few months of — to observe and try to understand how four musicians and one lyricist come together and fuse into a single organism. In point of fact, it became a custom for King Crimson to invite an audience of friends to their basement rehearsals, and reports of a powerful new sound began to leak out. We set ourselves impossibly high standards but worked to realize them and with a history of unemployment, palais and army bands, everyone was staggered by the favorable reactions from visitors The music therefore naturally evolves rather than develops along predetermined lines.
The widely differing repertoire has a common theme in that it represents the changing moods of the same five people. Rather, the group played, fought, improvised, ran through numbers, trying to catch the good ideas as they flew by. Curious to find out more about this process, I asked Fripp about it in While architecturally important lead lines that connect the music together are fixed, other elements are variable in live performance, such as the drum patterns, the choice of octave for the melodic parts, and even the harmonies.
The experience was intensely powerful, yet heartbreakingly evanescent. When it was over, that is, when King Crimson I effectively broke up at the end of the year, Fripp was faced with trying to understand what had happened. So where had it gone, how could one entice it back? A live event has a life of its own, it has a quality that you can never capture on record or video. But the event was something infinitely more. I mean, who wants to talk about it? I suppose some people do want to talk about it Just listening to tapes afterward Indeed, that quality may be present in a single note, or in silence itself.
Some found the album pretentious, others awe-inspiring. What they are is a semi-eclectic British band with a penchant for fantasy and self-indulgence whose banally imagistic lyrics are only matched by the programmatic imagery of their music. Ominous night sounds. An in-your-face metal phrase. Lake screaming the lyrics, voice electronically fuzzed. Grinding downshift to metal lick, final verse, free noise, and out.
Thereafter he knew you knew he could stand in and thrash with the heavies; having proved that, he could go on and tackle other worlds. Consider the meter. Count out the number of beats in the opening metal phrase: sixteen. To write it out, the best way might be with measures of three, two, three, three, three, and two beats. Second phrase By many accounts, King Crimson out-heavied them all. Robert Fripp would always contend that King Crimson, in all of its incarnations, was a live band first and a recording-studio band only secondarily.
He has never expressed unqualified endorsement of any King Crimson record, insisting, like Bob Dylan, that the whole point for him has been making contact with a real audience in real time. This perception was reinforced by his practice, adopted after only the first eight gigs in , of sitting on a stool onstage while performing. And then Mick Jagger came out and resurrected bullshit movement, you know, wiggling your arse and that.
I always had trouble with this song: it seemed to take a long time five minutes and forty seconds to say not much of anything. There is some beautiful linear counterpoint — that is to say, the harmonies result from the directional leading of individual melodic lines — and the gentle clash of major and minor modes is poignant enough. King Crimson can only be described as a monumental heavy with all the majesty — and tragedy — of Hell King Crimson drove home the point of their musical philosophy with the volume turned up so high on their amplifiers that, had they been electric blankets, they would have all broiled to death.
The Gothic rock ballad is born. Slow gloomy minor key mellotron-rich. It gets down to what you can say in a slow positive: deliberate, stately, majestic Fripp has always contended that rock is our most malleable contemporary musical media: that you can say anything with it. Crimson was obviously going for the Big Statement here. Consider the long fade-out: the progression VI-v in the key of E minor repeated eighteen times to gloomy vocalizations and clanging electric guitar dissonances.
The harmonic domain is thus modal — in effect, B-Phrygian. Consider, too, the minor tonality. It has to be minor. Minor: traditionally the mode of sadness, regret, the dark side of life, despair, anger, sorrow, angst, depression, uncertainty, pathos, bathos, bittersweetness, ending, finality, death.
But as his development progressed, he became less attached to traditional functional harmony; his textures became increasingly contrapuntal with complex figurations of a harmonically implicative rather than declamatory nature replacing homophonically-conceived chord progressions ; and in general rhythm, melody, texture, and timbre took precedence over harmony as the most significant purveyors of musical meaning.
At the focal point of the tremendous energies being unleashed, the band, according to Melody Maker reporter B. On the other hand, the primary challenge seems to have been simply to avoid boredom and stay in touch with the music. The main thing is for Ian and I to write and record using musicians of similar attitude with the accent on good music — really doing what we feel we should be doing with a lot of emphasis on production.
King Crimson was everything to me. To keep the band together I offered to leave instead but Ian said that the band was more me than them. Twelve minutes and nine seconds. You are close to silence, Silence with a capital S. You are in tune with silence, the deepest sound of them all. Every sound, therefore, that you make, make with intention, sensitivity, and awareness, has a meaning, an ineffability, a significance.
You are listening, Listening with a capital L. You hear what everyone else is doing; you do whatever is necessary, which is usually as little as possible. It has nothing to do with self-expression: it has to do with a group mind. And no, such moments cannot really be anticipated and made to happen although one can gain a certain expertise at setting up the conditions for them to happen.
And yes, when those moments do happen it is all enough, the music, the sense of the music happening as it were of its own will and to its own purposes — you are in tune with the vibration of nature itself, you are its instrument — it is playing you and you are merely the rapt spectator of this spectacular play of sound in all its parameters which seem so lucidly there, so transparent, so available, all you have to do is stretch out your hand to feel its warmth, its fullness, its loving and terrifying infinity, there is nothing else you need or ever will need.
BUT — but THEN you are faced with a philosophical bugaboo. Because, you see, music, in its very essence, is too great, too vast, too intangibly infinitesimal, too subtle for human conception. And well you might. This is a set of prose instructions for musicians or I suppose anyone to follow in order to have a quality musical experience. You do not have to guess. The title track. To make the almost continual personnel changes of this and the following period easier to visualize, I have concocted the chart which appears on page Looking at the period to early — King Crimson II as we are calling it — at a distance of nearly two decades, this writer has rather violently mixed feelings about it.
This band [King Crimson III] is right for the present, just as the first band was right for its own time. It was one of the most horrible periods of my life. Giles Tippet P. You see, I view King Crimson as the microcosm of the macrocosm.
Fripp would also issue elliptical, contradictory, unfathomable statements concerning his exact role in King Crimson. Yet he seemed to shrink from assuming unambiguously the mantle of authority, which he felt belonged not to him but to King Crimson itself, the concept, the idea, the force, the music, not to one or several particular merely human personalities.
There are far more subtle ways of influencing people and getting things done than being a band leader. Who needs it? McDonald and Giles went on to make their self-titled duo album, released in ; McDonald was subsequently one of the founding members of Foreigner in The trio cancelled future gigs and set about composing, rehearsing, and looking for new members to fill out the group, with vague plans to resume live performances.
I guess this is what Bartok would sound like if asked to write music for a Garfield movie — or Hendrix playing Disneyland — or something. Fast, frenetic guitar and drum work. Practically atonal. That peculiar quality of improvisational abandon simultaneous with strict planning and coordinated execution. Medieval chant-like. Gentle acoustic guitar caresses in.. E Major!! First King Crimson song really in major. Hence into the realm of light but not for long. Tasteful flute embellishments by Mel Collins Mellotron minor epic.
The images are extremely evocative, but it does seem to me that you have to do more than mention all these figures — you have to contend with them. It is as if Fripp was consciously or unconsciously stripping the production job down to a minimum, relying on music rather than sound, emphasizing structure over color, meaning over expression. One more thing: harmony. Fripp was soon to break out of this harmonic straitjacket, however. For acoustic guitars, same germinal melodies as at beginning of Side One.
Longer than single version the jam stretches out at the end. The most original, the most idiosyncratic, the strangest, the purest. And from a harmonic point of view, the most advanced, almost completely dispensing with the concept of conventional chord progressions in favor of an unpredictable yet fresh and interesting, if ominous and disturbing, series of dissonances. More bolero, working toward a climax.
Metronome clicks. Bolero rhythm returns, faster, more intense. Leads into deranged circus music with overlapping metric planes. Works into a metric free noise section, lots of thrashing by all the players. Flute calls reverberate, lead into Voice and guitar combined: how symmetrical, how elemental, how developmental. Strangely unresolved harmony. Underneath are various musicians and friends upon whom we can call, who form a very solid foundation. And yet At this point, though, yet another meta-musical quandary rears its beguiling head.
It was dark and stormy outside and I was unaccountably sucked over to my sequencer for some mysterious reason — I wanted to hear some tones. I punched in a few random diatonic notes, which repeated every ten seconds or so.
My seven-year-old daughter Lilia, coming into the living room, was perplexed that there should be this ethereal music with no one playing the synthesizer. So I showed her what the trick was, and she wanted to try it. About five minutes later I stumbled over and punched in a few more tones, which turned out to be not the ones I wanted, but I let them stand.
The sound of King Crimson grew yet more astringent and dissonant on Lizard, and rock critics, who generally agreed that if nothing else, this must be the work of a genius, began to be confused and put off. The issue was becoming one of, How much of that kind of genius do we need or want in rock and roll, roots music, the music of the people?
Three nervous, sputtering fantasy songs with remnants of the Court of the Crimson King mellotron epic on the first led off the album. The textures were incredibly complex, the rhythms were skittish and jumpy, and the dissonances resulting from a seemingly random intersection of contrapuntal planes were grating.
The whole effect owed as much to avant-garde jazz as to rock. Leads without a break into A structured improvisation which leads from bolero classical-style to bolero big-band style and back again, making effective contrasts between major and minor modes at climactic points of formal articulation. This I presume is the section of ominously repeated bass notes over which Fripp engages in one of his patented or soon to be patented fuzz-sustained guitar workouts, sounding here somewhat like a rock and roll bagpipe.
A grand overreaching metaphor for the sterile-surface-covering- sadistic-subconscious-Western-society idea? This tension, which Fripp feels comes through much of the music on Lizard, would soon come to a head. YPG 11, Jan. After Fripp had auditioned some thirty bass players, Boz Burrell was chosen in February With the lineup of Fripp, Sinfield, Collins, Boz, and Ian Wallace drums , King Crimson rehearsed through March and by April were ready to start performing, it had been almost a year and a half since the end of the American tour in December , when King Crimson I broke up, and Fripp was nervous but exceeding eager.
After four April dates at the Zoom Club in Frankfurt, the band began a long and grueling tour schedule — Britain: May, fourteen gigs; June and July, two gigs; August, seven gigs; September, six gigs; October, eighteen gigs. Canada and U. Historical footnote on the pecking order among British progressive rock bands in late at two concerts at the Academy of Music in New York on November 24 and 25, Yes opened, King Crimson played second, and the headliner was Procol Harum. You had to play everything the way he did it.
There was no room to stretch out. Begins with bass solo, then flute, piano, and tinkling percussion enter. Boz delivers the first two verses of foursquare melody in deadpan foursquare style. Soprano Paulina Lucas comes in with some long-tone vocalizing.
But Islands has a bit of both. Lennon with Phil Spector had risked a minimalistic approach to production with Plastic Ono Band, released in late Some nice blowing by Mel Collins. Then the beat slows and we get one of the tastiest guitar passages Fripp has ever committed to record.
Then the fast beat comes back, with mellotrons galore. The ending — guitar downshifting decellerando, leaving only low, long sounds: a nice compositional gesture. This priceless artifact of mannered progressive rock seems to embody the dissolution of King Crimson II in a nutshell. Are the British trying to get back to their roots?
Irritating as I find it, the music is good. Obscene lyrics with music to match, but all in good fun. Bittersweet major key. Gorgeous melodic vocal writing. He counts off the beat, one-two-three two-two-three, and I suppose you can read into this whatever you want, but to me it seems as if Fripp is telling us the audience , Look, this is music, and music is made by people, and people have to tune up and practice and rehearse, and there is so much more behind music than the sound, more than ever can be told.
For all its impenetrability, its self-conscious artistic excess, its woefully labored attempts to capture innocence, there is a certain quality in Islands making the sum much greater than its parts, even if this sum does not quite tally up to musical greatness. As an overall musical gesture. The whole album has that sort of fin-de-siecle manneristic feeling, like the over-refined music of the late fourteenth century, the twilight of the middle ages — a sense of worlds falling apart, new ones as yet unborn, grand heartbreaking nostalgia for what can no longer be, rough beasts slouching toward Bethlehem to be born.
In the composition of Islands, Fripp was learning to subtract, to take things away, to let the black backdrop of silence show through the music, to heed the oft-repeated but ill-practiced axiom that less is more. YPG 18, Jan. In the opening months of the remaining members of King Crimson — Fripp, Collins, Boz, and Wallace — were not exactly congealing into what one would describe as a happy family.
Yet, as reports of inner dissent came out in the press, the band was booked for one more American tour. Many performances were taped this way, and Fripp subsequently took the cassettes home and edited them down to a live album, Earthbound, released in England on June 9, The group romps ably through a version of the old war-horse that clocks in at eleven minutes and forty-five seconds.
Delirious abandon, even — dare I say it — joy. Ah yes, the old two-chord I-IV jam. I think you had to be there. Collins is cooking, though — recipe drawn from the post-Coltrane sheets-of-sound cookbook. Must be Boz, how about a B minus for effort and go back and study your Louis Armstrong records Fripp gets in a few tasty rhythm licks before the fade-out. Ably dispatched. The old one-chord I jam.
More scatting. In a couple of years Boz would be playing riffy blues rock in Bad Company, and that direction is all too evident in takes like this. Fripp turns in what is, by now, one of his patented angular, dissonant electric guitar solos. Here the song serves as a vehicle for some ecstatic wailing and shrieking by saxman Collins, with Fripp comping along in the middleground.
The split between studio Crimson and live Crimson had grown virtually to the point of schizophrenia: there was Fripp the painfully self-conscious composer of delicate neo-romantic refinements, refined almost to a point of transparently pellucid non-entity; and there was Fripp the jagged metal warrior, brazenly brandishing his electric guitar as a weapon, band of sonic renegade vagabonds in tow.
Great musicians often have some such split musical personality — Beethoven can pat you lovingly on the cheek one minute, and wheel you around and kick you in the butt the next. In the hell realm we throw out flames and radiations which are continually coming back to us.
There is no room at all in which to experience any spaciousness or openness. Fripp was looking for something new. British and European tours 9: Apr. American, European tours Jan. Nice Guy. Perhaps as a symbol of the changes to be made, Fripp cut his long frizzy hair around this time and sprouted a neat little beard — changing his visual appearance from latter-day hippie to fastidiously groomed young intellectual musician.
A man like Fripp does not believe that things happen by accident, but rather looks for synchronistically significant signs, reading the screen of his perceptions as a metaphorical psychic tableau. To begin with, there was the matter of enlisting the talents of experimental percussionist and notorious mystical crazy man Jamie Muir, whose list of avant-garde credits included work with saxophonist Evan Parker, guitarist Derek Bailey, the Battered Ornaments and Boris.
Fripp had felt it inevitable that some day they would work together. He expected to be in King Crimson and had been waiting for my call. Wetton was, like Fripp, Greg Lake, and several other musicians in the King Crimson circle, from the Bournemouth area — Fripp and Wetton had known each other in college — and had worked his way up in local bands before joining the eclectic progressive rock group Family in Wetton left Family to briefly join Mogul Thrash, and when that band fell apart in early , Wetton, looking for work, called Fripp up in late January, a week after Fripp had concluded his torturous and lengthy auditioning of bass players by choosing Boz.
The band members rejected the idea; they wanted Boz to continue on bass. Fripp was just using me then as an ally. But when KC II finally came apart, the time was ripe: what had been out of sync now fell together, and Fripp and Wetton finally seemed to need each other at the same time. I felt that the band before ours, the Islands band, was a little dated. Fripp had declined, intent on pursuing his musical goals within the framework of King Crimson even though King Crimson at that point in time was rather in disarray.
Thus was born a musical collaboration which in a sense endured for over a decade, since Bruford was back when King Crimson was born again, mark IV, in the s. Crowe , 22 Fripp, as part of his overall effort to banish immediate musical memories and habits, to rejuvenate his imagination, decided against using a reed player, saxophone had been a big part of the whole King Crimson sound right from the beginning, one reason why the group was so strongly associated with jazz-rock.
Fripp instead opted for a violin and viola player who could complement his own melodic guitar work with a new range of tone color, and who could also double on mellotron and other keyboards in certain situations. That player was David Cross, a musician with a classical background who had floated around the music scene and had worked with a pop-rock singer named P.
Proby and folk-rock band the Ring. He really was a catalyst of this band in the beginning and he opened up new areas for Bill to look into as well as affecting the rest of us. Rehearsals commenced on September 4. One employs magic every day. Every thought is a magical act. Robert Fripp viewed King Crimson as something outside himself, an entity, a being, a presence, which he could respond to, whose instrument he could become, but which was somehow intrinsically beyond him, not of his own creation, and over which, in spite of his dogged efforts to serve, he could ultimately exercise no real control.
Struggling mightily with this force, a force perceived to be other, outside the realm of the personal ego, making journeys into the realm of the magical, the unknown, the unconscious, Fripp repeatedly persevered and brought back fragments of the world lying below or beyond everyday awareness.
King Crimson, a name coined to stand for Beelzebub, the devil, prince of demons, was a power that Fripp felt called to contend with. Dove , 14 One evening in September , around the same time as KC III was commencing rehearsals, Brian Eno invited Fripp over to his home studio and showed him a system of producing music by using two tape recorders set up so that when a single sound was played, it was heard several seconds later at a lower volume level, then again several seconds later at a still lower level, and so on.
For once, Fripp did shut out all distractions, remove all superfluous musical elements, and just play his guitar. No Pussyfooting was a major point of departure for both musicians, and Fripp seemed to recognize it instantly as such. Between November 10 and December 15 they toured Britain, playing twenty-seven gigs. In its best moments, King Crimson improvisation during this period was a group affair, a kind of music-making process in which every member of the band was capable of making creative contributions at every moment.
Mindless individual soloing was frowned upon; rather, everyone had to be listening to everyone else at every moment, to be able to react intelligently and creatively to the group sound. Then you react to his statement, usually in a different way than they would expect. You know, taking chances. There is no format really in which we fall into.
It was Muir who came up with the title. Take your pick. Opens with Muir rapidly stroking a thumb piano. Crescendo of cymbal trill, descrescendo of thumb piano. Repeated notes on violin; fuzz guitar careens through diminished harmonic areas; Bruford warms up on drums, then whole band slams in. Shall I go on?
In essence, what follows is an impressive and somewhat scarifying display of group togetherness, in a number of sections set off by contrasting instrumentation, textures, harmonic premises, dynamics, and mood. Conflict and contrast continue to be dominant issues in King Crimson music, in this piece there is everything from solo fiddle to crashing fusion band and quasi-oriental unison lines.
An evocative, melancholy minor ballad. Strange burblings and percussives lead into another moody song, sung verses alternating with freer pulseless sections. Funny thing, having the accompaniment in 4 and the vocal in 7. But clearly, metrical complications do not in themselves music make. Sound effects move to tritone bass ostinato over softly percolating percussion and drums, Cross and Fripp come in with modal soloing and a funny mode indeed it be tonic of A, scale A-Bb-C-C -D -E-F-G , with other notes from time to time , gradual crescendo, suddenly broken off molto appassionato by horrific squeals, which launch directly into On the one hand, an intellectual metrical exercise O.
But for Fripp music like this offers the opportunity for players and audiences to concentrate, to concentrate in that peculiar way only difficult music can make us. Crowe , 22 At the first gig, Muir dropped a gong on his foot, causing an injury of sufficient seriousness to prevent him from playing the following night.
King Crimson, minus Muir, went ahead and did the Marquee date, and shortly thereafter Muir left the group permanently, to pursue other — shall we say perhaps related — interests: he became a monk in a monastery in Scotland. Soon Crimson was back on the road again, with tours of America nineteen gigs, September 19 - October 15 , Britain six gigs, October 23 - 29 , and Europe eighteen gigs, November 2 - The live band continued to astound audiences and critics with their virtuosity, the scope and power of their music, and their unique outlook.
Kirb B, The exhaustion of touring, the technical problems, the surreal conditions of road life, the ever-questionable band-audience relationship, and the problematic nature of making music under such circumstances were beginning to take their toll on Fripp. The title is a phrase borrowed from Dylan Thomas.
The essentially live nature of Starless received little if any attention in the press, who treated it as a studio album; the recording quality is superb, and all audience noise save a stray distant shout here and there has been skillfully deleted. Studio recording. Slams off with a bluesy riff at hyperspeed. Sectional song contrasting instrumentals and vocals. Oblique references to the Devil. Watts , 22 For some reason I am reminded of a passage from the autobiography of spiritual teacher J.
The Church is equally astray in its conservative and in its modernist wings, nor is the centre any better. The Catholic Church is the custodian of a mystery that it does not understand; but the sacraments and their operation are no less real for that. Slow Beatlish ballad that breaks out into rather more manic territory as the song progresses The Beatles never had a coda that jammed out for a few bars in seven, however.
Live recording. Gradually coalesces, as so many King Crimson pieces do, out of sensitively random, intentionally chaotic points of noise, into motives, rhythms, melodies: into music Deftly spliced to the studio-recorded body of the song. Classic King Crimson minor ballad. Effectively understated ending. Live recording, with a few overdubs. Another example of what Crimson III was liable to sound like in the throes of improvisation.
The song ends unaccountably in the middle — it sounds like the tape ran out. More gradual coalescence out of chaos. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Fripp ruminates meanwhile on his mellotron. Tonal center? Pieces like this can sound totally improvised until, miraculously, everyone slams into a downbeat at precisely the same moment.
You never know with King Crimson. Some of our most formal passages sound improvised and vice versa. Fripp lays down a typically edgy angular ostinato. Most of the time our improvisation comes out of horror and panic. In an interview published in May, Fripp went public with his own reservations. But there were other reasons too, as we shall shortly see. The band undertook three more road trips: Europe eleven gigs, March April 2 ; America seventeen gigs, April May 5 ; and a final U.
And third, the energies involved in the particular lifestyle of the band and in the music are no longer of value to the way I live. The wind-down has already started But the depression era of the Thirties will look like a Sunday outing compared to this apocalypse. I shall be blowing a bugle loudly from the sidelines. On the level of the role he himself was playing in the rock and roll circus, Fripp had long felt frustration.
This is art? This is magic? This is music? I had a glimpse of something The top of my head blew off. And for a period of three to six months it was impossible for me to function My ego went. I lost my ego for three months. Who am I to express an opinion?
Yes, whatever you like. It took me three to six months before a particular kind of Fripp personality grew back to the degree that I could participate in the normal day-to-day business of hustling But to do so would be to miss and trivialize the fundamental point, which is that Fripp, to put it simply, had a revelation.
The proverbial straw was reading the text of a lecture by J. By his own estimation, Wetton had not made the kind of commitment to King Crimson that Bruford had, and had not had to give up so much to join the group.
He felt the world was going to come to an end and he wanted to prepare for it. Rehearsals had already begun when Fripp pulled the plug. Fripp had had the top of his head blown off, and in an ego-less state carried on, with Bill Bruford and John Wetton, with the studio production of Red. The striking black-and-white cover photograph of Wetton, Bruford, and Fripp first ever cover photo of band members on a King Crimson record in lighting that casts half of their faces into shadow harks back, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to the cover of Meet the Beatles, in an image indelibly stamped into the minds of a generation.
Red was released in early October. In the recurring main theme, the predominant interval between guitar soprano and bass is the tritone — also the sonority that ends the composition. The King Crimson metaphor — it goes deeper than one might think. That darned tritone outline again, those gnarly whole tones, those insane metrical changes, those fabulous fills by Bruford, hammering on a piece of sheet metal. What follows, therefore, is not for the faint of heart, and if the reader does not give a hoot about formal musical analysis, she or he would probably do just as well to skip it.
On the other hand, lest I paint myself into a corner of total futility, let me affirm my belief that at its best, analysis can be a valid form of translation — from the language of the heart into the language of the head. Head and heart. I incline to suppose that the most we can do along those lines is to be aware of, or at least try to avoid completely losing touch with, our body as we are writing and reading.
As music history went on, sonata form became something quite malleable indeed. Nor do I think it particularly relevant whether or not Fripp and his co-authors set out to compose a sonata form, nor whether some of them even knew what a sonata form was Fripp and Cross probably did — the others may not have. Bass ostinato, electric guitar repeated-note motive creeps ever higher, drums and percussion enter bit by bit -- C minor, with a prominent tritone C- F , in the bass ostinato and dissonant, chromatic notes in guitar motive.
Full texture as in section 7. The recapitulation integrates and transforms the materials of the exposition and the crescendo, forcibly kicking them onto an entirely new level of intensity by means of dynamics, tempo, and orchestration. The restatement of the instrumental first theme and the final minor ending carry the weight of tragedy.
When Fripp would emerge in the late s with his solo projects, and in the early s with a new, exceptionally streamlined King Crimson, the musical scene would have changed dramatically. It is turbulent and muddy; hard to pass and masterful of mood: noisy and of brief continuance. Fripp reminds me a bit of Miles Davis in this respect: a subtly energetic electromagnet into whose force-field any number of leading musicians have found themselves drawn, only to have their musical genes reshuffled and to be ejected back out into the world with a different perspective.
And so on. It would be silly to say that Fripp, or anyone other single person, was at the center of this tangled mass of perpetually mutating strands of double-helical do-re-mi. Yet the Crimson King was inarguably one of the ribosomal focal points of creative synthesis, touching, in his eccentric way, all the musicians he worked with, and leaving his decisive stamp on the history of rock in the early s and beyond.
Of the classic heavyweight progressive rockers, who had laid down a more convincing legacy than King Crimson? By Yes had lost themselves in grandiosity beyond all reasonable bounds though continuing to play to huge popular acclaim ; Emerson, Lake and Palmer were grandstanding with thirty-six tons of equipment and labored flashes of lasers and psychedelic music-hall brilliance; Procol Harum were drifting into repetition and stagnation with Exotic Birds and Fruit, less than a mere shadow of their one-time life and soul.
He was clearly in it for the music. It might be remarked that Fripp, in disbanding King Crimson in , simply knew when to quit; like the Beatles in , he knew when the dream was over, when to continue following the accustomed path meant certain creative death. But then, one of the marks of the superior creative talent is precisely knowing when to quit, when to seek out a new vision.
For an artist, to stay in the same place is to go backwards, to stop growing is to die. As for Robert Fripp — who disbanded King Crimson in the face of what seemed to him insurmountable cosmic, business, and personal obstacles, and who effectively erased himself from the musical scene — for the moment, late , he was indeed gone, top of head blown off, wandering around without a sense of ego.
Music itself had stymied him, the presentation of meaningful music no longer seemed a real possibility. Dove , 14 And indeed, even in his disoriented frame of mind, he was hatching a personal three-year plan consisting of preparation, withdrawal, and recovery. His activities of the first year — winding up his affairs — would prepare him for a decisive withdrawal from the music industry — and effectively from the outside world — at J.
It is just possible, however, that some inkling of what was involved may be got by reviewing the historical backdrop of his experience. It was not so long ago, however, that he was splicing Bennett tapes into his albums and quoting Gurdjieff in his articles. It appears that, even when he was alive — he died in , his date of birth is uncertain, probably — if one asked ten people who knew him, one would receive ten different answers.
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