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Follow Import

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The collaboration between Theo Travis and Robert Fripp has become something of a familiar musical pairing in recent years. Travis & Fripp have been able to produce a body of work that is wholly approachable, frequently tuneful and always surprising in the depth and range of material that can be produced by two instrumentalists.

Follow takes the duo improv concept several stages further in a number of respects. The album was largely conceived for surround sound with its multiple layers of woodwind and quadraphonic guitar, carefully placed around the larger sonic space. It also works perfectly in stereo. The wide range of wind instruments, guitar sounds and electronics available to the players have enabled them to perform in a number of settings from cathedrals to small churches to rock clubs. A multi tracked solo Travis piece ( Hear Our Voices ) flows into an overdubbed Frippertronics piece ( 1979 named after the year in which the guitars were performed and recorded), while the album closes with what can only be described as a guitar/saxophone call and response stomp featuring some of the most ferocious guitar soloing Fripp has recorded in a decade.

-Produced by Steven Wilson.
-Full album in 5.1 surround sound & Hi Res stereo playable on DVD players.
-Additional audio playback in MLP lossless 5.1 surround sound & Lossless stereo on DVD A players & DVD A compatible Blu Ray players. -DVD A features 3 extra audio tracks.
-DVD A features the only concert footage of the duo.
Packaging of this two-disc set includes gatefold digipak, booklet with sleeve notes, technical notes & photos in slipcase.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Soaring and Gliding
  2. Dark Clouds
  3. When the Rains Fall
  4. Hear Our Voices
  5. 1979
  6. Open Land
  7. Return to Saturn
  8. Rotary Symmetrical
  9. So There
  10. Forgotten Days - Vivid 17 - 1979 (Alternative edit; bonus track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Inner Knot
  • ASIN: B008S56VD4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Follow" is a very, very fine album that depends entirely on its successful collaboration between two musicians, King Crimson founder/guitarist Robert Fripp and flautist/saxophonist/clarinetist Travis Theo. I have not heard their previous work together, including "Thread," the 2008 CD that was very well-received, so I don't have all the background I'd like here. Still, I own at least one version of every studio album King Crimson ever recorded, and in some cases several versions thanks to all the "anniversary" editions I keep buying. I also listen extensively to Fripp's solo work, his frequent collaborations with Brian Eno, and as many of his many major contributions to others' records that I can -- David Bowie's "Heroes" and Peter Gabriel's work come to mind.

So I know full well what Fripp is capable of on his own and with others. Some have tagged him with being difficult to work with, most often those musicians who have passed through Crimson's ranks and incurred his musical displeasure in some ways. I have noticed that OUTSIDE King Crimson, though, Fripp seems like a man not only OPEN to collaboration, but HUNGRY for it. Perhaps he simply feels differently when he lets the pressures of KC fall from his shoulders and can focus on music more clearly.

And that's clearly the case here. "Follow" is the perfect title for this disc. Fripp and Travis take turns, each following the other, and in ways which are nicely unpredictable even as they offer that "ambient" quality that some music allows -- meaning you can fit the music easily into an atmosphere that you, the listener, are actively creating. I refer to reading, writing, perhaps just moving around the house doing the most mundane of chores.
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Really heady journey this one is. Nothing less than expected from Mr. Fripp and a nice surprise from Mr. Travis who is a master of all the wind instruments he plays. Recorded in a church for that extra ambient creepy far out out of this universe experience.
Fans of Steven Wilson and Frippertronics will love this the most as I do.
The 5.1 mix is everything you would expect from these two.
Highly recommended if you like to leave the planet in your living room from time to time.
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An excellent CD of sonic canvasses painted by Robert Fripp and Theo Travis. Ambient and electronic with tasty flute and sax and the usual excellence from Fripp. Sat and listened to it on a fall afternoon and it reminded me of everything from a melodic HD thrill ride in space to a dissonant traffic jam.
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I am really enjoying this new release by Robert Fripp (guitar) and Theo Travis (woodwinds). Robert Fripp has been performing and releasing recordings of his soundscapes for quite awhile. They are beautiful, slow moving sonic sculptures. This is almost the opposite of his work with King Crimson. This live, improvised ambient music is right up my alley but for some it is a bit austere since the music is not melody driven. On this new release, Follow, Travis & Fripp are more melodic. It is more tuneful, more bits of actual soloist passages and great interplay. This is the best of their releases.
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I listened to a lot of Fripps recordings in the 1970s and 1980's He always created these floating soundscapes via his Fripptonic system that he and Eno created. Another artist I listened to was Flutist Paul Horn. He would record improvised sound pieces inside sacred places like the great pyramid , Taj mahal, and churches and temples in Asia. Paul also did his fair share of multi tracking of his instuments too. Well Theo Travis picks up where Paul Horn left off to create multi tracked/layered sound of his reeds. What makes this unique is that the flute and guitar are interacting on these recording. To me it is like hearing the best of a Paul Horn classic on top of a Frippertronics soundscape. I consider Fripp to be the Godfather of looping. There are a multitude of devices for guitarists(and other players) that will create a loop. Had not Fripp created his loops via the Fripptronics sysem, these devices might not have been invented in the wake of those recordings. Carry on boys, because this works for me.
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Outstanding production. Excellent sound + 5.1 DVD sound. Unique sounds from Fripp's guitar (master) and beautiful winds from Travis. Recommended for People with exquisite musical sense. Need a quiet and dedicated listener. Very good editing. The combination of both musicians is more than rewarding. Pay attention to this cd, one of the best in recent times
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