Posts Tagged ‘Robert Fripp’

Robert Fripp and gamelan

Wednesday, September 13th, 2000

After the End of the World has a lot of interesting stuff, including “A Lot of Noise With One Guitar”, a collection of articles and writings about Robert Fripp.

I find Javanese gamelan music relaxing and occasionally beautiful, but it doesn’t really thrill me all that much. Balinese gamelan, on the other hand, straight out rawks. We listened to some in my world music class today, and I was struck by how “proggy” it is: lots of dramatic, abrupt changes in dynamics and tempo; extremely complicated polyrhytmic parts involving large numbers of percussion instruments played at insanely fast speeds; and loud, deep bass sounds coming from the larger gongs. This is stuff I really like… I’ll have to explore it further sometime.