The Grid & Robert Fripp Leviathan CD & DVD-A
The Grid & Robert Fripp Leviathan CD & DVD-A

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The Grid & Robert Fripp Leviathan CD & DVD-A

The Grid & Robert Fripp

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SKU:
DGMCD102
UPC:
633367793225

Coming June 25, 2021 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

Collaborative Album On CD & DVD-Audio!
Combines Fripp Soundscapes With Synth, Drums, Programming & Effects By The Grid (Richard Norris & Dave Ball)!
Stereo Mix Plus + 5.1 Surround Sound Mix by The Vicar!

"Robert (Fripp) turned up with a truck load of amps and effects, two great big stacks including delay units with a 76 second delay and played and played and played."

Though not intended as such, in some respects Leviathan and its creators represent between them one version of the history of British electronic music. In 1973, the curiosity of a significant chunk of the King Crimson and Roxy Music fan bases, along with an attractive price, propelled Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting into many thousands of homes where no such recording had previously registered a single sleeve, much less a gatefold. By the early '80s Dave Ball & Marc Almond's Soft Cell were at the forefront of a wave of synth based bands who dominated the singles and albums charts. In the 1990s, The Grid - Dave Ball (again) & Richard Norris formed a key act in what was sometimes referred to as Electronica, sometimes herded under the (almost meaningless) "Dance music" category, occasionally (equally inaccurately/narrowly) described as "ambient" music, the struggles of music industry name-taggers never quite catching either the breadth of the music involved, nor recognizing - until much later - the scope of its influence. The Grid's success - a number of hit singles and albums, including the million selling "Swamp Thing", world tours, remixes for Eno, Pet Shop Boys, Yello, Sylvian/Fripp - could find a ready audience among those for whom, by now, electronic music was part of the everyday musical fabric and commonality of experience, even as it continued to evolve and develop as a form in itself. The Grid were managed at the time (1992) by David Enthoven who had also managed King Crimson and Roxy Music from inception for many years and by now with a Sylvian/Fripp remix among their producing credits, it is no surprise that the duo and Fripp were keen to see if mutual recordings would produce interesting results - hence the arrival of the equipment described by Richard Norris above at Eastcote Studios in West London. As Norris further notes: "Robert's craft and musicianship was slightly daunting to us at first, being from a more DIY, post punk electronic background, but we soon worked out a language to communicate in. 'Make it sound like a thunderstorm... ', 'I'm going to make a sound like a bomb', that kind of thing. After every track, Robert would say 'Have you got any more?' and seemed to be greatly enjoying himself. He was a very generous guest." The resulting Fripp recordings provided material for much of The Grid's second album 456 and their Top 20 follow-up album Evolver.

But there was more, much more....
A few years ago, The Grid rediscovered tapes from these sessions, including unreleased tracks they'd worked up but never completed or mixed. A set of long solo drone pieces from Fripp was discovered along with a lost track that was then remixed to become "A Cabala Sky" by The Grid / Fripp and released as part of Bill Brewster's acclaimed 'Late Night Tales' compilation series in 2014. Further Fripp Soundscapes from the same period were added to the mix by DGM's David Singleton, which inspired The Grid to add new synths, drums, programming and effects to create the album Leviathan, a 2LP Inspired by the mythical whale 'Leviathan', the biggest prehistoric whale that ever lived. Norris adds, "I like Philip Hoare's book 'Leviathan', which is about his obsession with whales and whale watching and the awe of coming into contact with such massive creatures. They are quite mysterious. Their brains are enormous, and we don't quite know what all the brain power is doing... A bit like Robert, really."

Having completed the album's stereo mixes, DGM suggested the music as ideal for a full 5.1 surround mix by The Vicar. Electronic music lends itself very well to Surround Sound mixing as the listener has no fixed notion as to where any sound should emerge from. This mix features on the CD/DVD-a edition (alongside the stereo mix) and while Surround Sound is sometimes regarded as "niche" in terms of audience, the same would have been said about any form of electronic music when Fripp turned up, guitar in hand, at Eno's place in 1972. But then inquisitive musicians, even (perhaps especially) when they approach music from very different perspectives, often arrive at places that are as intriguing to an audience as they were to the participants.



Features

  • 2Disc
  • CD
  • DVD-Audio
  • Stereo Mix
  • Full 5.1 Surround Sound Mix by The Vicar
  • Digipack
  • Import

Selections

  1. Empire
  2. Milkwood
  3. Pulse Detected
  4. Loom
  5. Leviathan
  6. After The Rain
  7. Fire Tower
  8. Zhora
  9. Sympatico
Description

Coming June 25, 2021 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

Collaborative Album On CD & DVD-Audio!
Combines Fripp Soundscapes With Synth, Drums, Programming & Effects By The Grid (Richard Norris & Dave Ball)!
Stereo Mix Plus + 5.1 Surround Sound Mix by The Vicar!

"Robert (Fripp) turned up with a truck load of amps and effects, two great big stacks including delay units with a 76 second delay and played and played and played."

Though not intended as such, in some respects Leviathan and its creators represent between them one version of the history of British electronic music. In 1973, the curiosity of a significant chunk of the King Crimson and Roxy Music fan bases, along with an attractive price, propelled Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting into many thousands of homes where no such recording had previously registered a single sleeve, much less a gatefold. By the early '80s Dave Ball & Marc Almond's Soft Cell were at the forefront of a wave of synth based bands who dominated the singles and albums charts. In the 1990s, The Grid - Dave Ball (again) & Richard Norris formed a key act in what was sometimes referred to as Electronica, sometimes herded under the (almost meaningless) "Dance music" category, occasionally (equally inaccurately/narrowly) described as "ambient" music, the struggles of music industry name-taggers never quite catching either the breadth of the music involved, nor recognizing - until much later - the scope of its influence. The Grid's success - a number of hit singles and albums, including the million selling "Swamp Thing", world tours, remixes for Eno, Pet Shop Boys, Yello, Sylvian/Fripp - could find a ready audience among those for whom, by now, electronic music was part of the everyday musical fabric and commonality of experience, even as it continued to evolve and develop as a form in itself. The Grid were managed at the time (1992) by David Enthoven who had also managed King Crimson and Roxy Music from inception for many years and by now with a Sylvian/Fripp remix among their producing credits, it is no surprise that the duo and Fripp were keen to see if mutual recordings would produce interesting results - hence the arrival of the equipment described by Richard Norris above at Eastcote Studios in West London. As Norris further notes: "Robert's craft and musicianship was slightly daunting to us at first, being from a more DIY, post punk electronic background, but we soon worked out a language to communicate in. 'Make it sound like a thunderstorm... ', 'I'm going to make a sound like a bomb', that kind of thing. After every track, Robert would say 'Have you got any more?' and seemed to be greatly enjoying himself. He was a very generous guest." The resulting Fripp recordings provided material for much of The Grid's second album 456 and their Top 20 follow-up album Evolver.

But there was more, much more....
A few years ago, The Grid rediscovered tapes from these sessions, including unreleased tracks they'd worked up but never completed or mixed. A set of long solo drone pieces from Fripp was discovered along with a lost track that was then remixed to become "A Cabala Sky" by The Grid / Fripp and released as part of Bill Brewster's acclaimed 'Late Night Tales' compilation series in 2014. Further Fripp Soundscapes from the same period were added to the mix by DGM's David Singleton, which inspired The Grid to add new synths, drums, programming and effects to create the album Leviathan, a 2LP Inspired by the mythical whale 'Leviathan', the biggest prehistoric whale that ever lived. Norris adds, "I like Philip Hoare's book 'Leviathan', which is about his obsession with whales and whale watching and the awe of coming into contact with such massive creatures. They are quite mysterious. Their brains are enormous, and we don't quite know what all the brain power is doing... A bit like Robert, really."

Having completed the album's stereo mixes, DGM suggested the music as ideal for a full 5.1 surround mix by The Vicar. Electronic music lends itself very well to Surround Sound mixing as the listener has no fixed notion as to where any sound should emerge from. This mix features on the CD/DVD-a edition (alongside the stereo mix) and while Surround Sound is sometimes regarded as "niche" in terms of audience, the same would have been said about any form of electronic music when Fripp turned up, guitar in hand, at Eno's place in 1972. But then inquisitive musicians, even (perhaps especially) when they approach music from very different perspectives, often arrive at places that are as intriguing to an audience as they were to the participants.



Features

  • 2Disc
  • CD
  • DVD-Audio
  • Stereo Mix
  • Full 5.1 Surround Sound Mix by The Vicar
  • Digipack
  • Import

Selections

  1. Empire
  2. Milkwood
  3. Pulse Detected
  4. Loom
  5. Leviathan
  6. After The Rain
  7. Fire Tower
  8. Zhora
  9. Sympatico
ISBN
PREORDER
ASSOC
C
Genre
Electronic
If Can Be Discounted
YES
Discontinued
YES
Inventory
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Construct
0
Dropship
0
Record Speed Record Size
Artist
The Grid & Robert Fripp
Title
Leviathan
Composer
Additional Artists
Record Weight
Record Speed
Multi Channel
Stereo
1
Mono
Colored
Picture Disc
1/2 Speed
DMM
Out of Print
Sell Hold/Repressing
Direct to disc
Creation Date
05-11-2021
Release Date
Scratch & Dent
0
Availability
Discontinued
Format
CD
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