The guitarist’s fascination with digital loopers over the past decade has its roots in 1970s ambient work King Crimson Guitarist Robert Fripp and ambient pioneer Brian Eno, who had an idea for a musical system, said it “will create the music for you once set in motion.”
The Eino concept itself was recycled from the avant-grade composer. Terry Riley’s Time Interval AccumulatorA tape delay/response system using two Revox reel-to-reel-tape recorders.
The tape supply reel was placed on the first deck, in record mode, and the take-up reel on the second, in playback mode, with tape threaded between the two machines and the output of the second deck was fed back to the input . First of all.
The result was a delay of several seconds depending on the distance between the two tape machines and the creation of sound from the feedback loop, which, together, created a dense ambient drone of past and now-present performance – an aural puntimento.
Enter Fripp, who was invited by Eno to his studio for a collaborative experiment in 1972. electric guitar Came in and started playing with little introduction to the system or rehearsals.
The result was “The Heavenly Music Corporation”, a tape-delayed recording from Fripp and Eno’s 1973 debut album, no pussyfooting,
“There it was,” declared Fripp, “a way for one person to make a whole lot more noise. Admirable!”
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Guitarists made Eno’s tape delay system a central part of their setup for much of the 1970s, calling it Fripptronics, and used it in collaborations with Daryl Hall and Peter Gabriel, as well as on albums in the early 1980s. did. God Save the Queen / Under Heavy Manners And Let the Power Fall: An Album of Frippertronics,
Today’s digital delays and loopers make it easy to achieve the dense clouds of delay that are produced with analog tape.
The guitarist himself left a long time ago.
“I’m working with Electro-Harmonix 16 second digital delay,” he said. guitar player in 1986. “It was advertised as a Fripp in the Box,” a copy in the hands of an original.
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