Robert Fripp

Radiophonics: 1995 Soundscapes, Vol. 1

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On his first volume in the Soundscapes series, Robert Fripp shuns his rock side and chooses to explore experimental, new age-like sounds instead. The selections on Radiophonics were culled from a seven-night stand of concerts that Fripp played in Buenos Aires from April 3 to April 9, 1995; in the liner notes, Fripp himself admits trying to test the audience's patience, generosity of spirit, and listening capabilities. With that said, you should expect that this isn't your typical record -- it's almost as if Fripp is a painter, splashing his canvas with all different kinds of colors and textures. The album transmits many different feelings, from haunting and eerie ("Buenos Aires Suite: I Atmosphere") to comforting and relaxing ("Buenos Aires Suite: II Elegy [For Mothers and Children]"). This is not a typical guitar hero solo album; in fact, the guitar doesn't even sound like a guitar at any point on the record. But if you're in search of a sedate recording that will clear your mind, Robert Fripp's Radiophonics: 1995 Soundscapes, Vol. 1 will do the trick.

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