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Gates of Paradise


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  • Audio CD (April 28, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • ASIN: B000006FBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Outer Darkness: I. The Outer Darkness/II. Perimeter I/III. Perimeter II/IV. Wailing I...
2. The Gates Of Paradise: I. Abandonment To Divine Providence/II. Pie Jesu
3. The Outer Darkness: XI. In Fear And Trembling Of The Lord
4. The Gates Of Paradise: III. Sometimes God Hides/IV. Acceptance

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This CD is the original Discipline Global Mobile release. Catalog DGM9608. There is a punch hole through the UPC.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Carr on May 1, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Fripp's electronic soundscapes have become increasingly programmatic in recent years, and it isn;t at all obvious to me how this helps the music. The Gates of Paradise is his darkest, and probably his most sophisticated work to date, combining pipe organ like tone clusters (did he sample an organ for this CD?) with the wailing of lost souls.
I doubt that Hell would ever be as dramatic and interesting as this. The background music in Hell is more likely written by John Tesh or Ace of Base.
That said, if you're interested in Fripp's work at all, you have to have this CD, but if you're not, you're probably better off starting out with "Blessing of Tears", Summers/Fripp "I Advance Masked," or the sublime "Let the Power Fall," as "Gates of Paradise" is relatively inaccessible.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is Fripp's latest Soundscape release, though it contains pieces collected over the past few years. For the uninitiated, Soundscapes are Fripp's solo instrumentals of sampled and processed sounds layered through a series of digital delays. Though Fripp plays guitar, reconizable guitar sounds are rarely heard. Because Fripp has mastrered the technology, there is a refinement and subtleness that define the path of chaos to introspection Soundscapes often travel.
The result is a liquid, flowing sonic Jackson Pollack, sometimes organic, sometimes mechanical, always honest, and frequently heartfelt
Soundscapes are not initially "easy" listening, but they offer a range of dissonance to resolution that bears countless repeat listenings. It's is not music you listen to, but listen through and within.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Mayo VINE VOICE on December 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Someone described this as relaxing background music. It would be a strange form of relaxation. Track 1 is 23 minutes of some of the most disturbing, unsettling music I can imagine (but see below). It's not quite atonal chaos - it has structure and form - but as an instrumental rendering of the misery of Hell I'd have to say it's very successful. It's not relaxing. It's a description of a state of being you don't want to get to, don't want to stay in, and don't want to remember.

Track 2, on the other hand, settles into beauty and peace. I can't see anyone categorizing it as traditional Praise music - this is Fripp, after all - but it's praise music nonetheless. Nothing you're likely to hear in church, though...

You'll wish track 3 was shorter. Track 3 is there to tell you that Fripp wanted to prove he could be more disturbing than track 1. It's a great success.

Track 4 is beautiful, if odd. It's a little too playful to be purely ambient; it invites you to pay attention.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Fripp has finally outdone himself (and friend Brian Eno) with this collection of ethereal music. Where before the sounds of guitar were easily distinguished, here they are hidden in magical sound loops that remind one more of synthesized keyboards than a guitar. Recorded in lengthy oversampled sound layers, Fripp presents a sound totally new and unique. It is difficult to describe other than it has layers and depth in it's presentation. It's almost beyond spiritual and never sounds mechanical. This album can be used as relaxing background music or as an incredible meditation source on headphones. It is ambient sound matured.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By marty hillsborough on October 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
True Story: I went to bed and put this CD on. The next day my roommate told me he had been standing in the kitchen and felt completely disoriented from this sound in his 'head'. It wasn't until he passed by my room that he realized the music was from my stereo. He thought he was having an acid flashback. That's the best way I can describe this sound - it's wonderful and relaxing - like a soundtrack to a space movie. Love it!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dana S. Barnett on October 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The amazing thing about Soundscapes is that any trace of "melody" that you may hear is actually synthetic -- that is, composed of individual notes on separate layers that happened to fall together in a linear sequence when played together.
The overall effect is that melodic lines sound "implied" rather than explicitly stated, making for a totally different way of listening to music. It is almost as if you can invent your own melodic line out of the multitude of notes flying around.
Try humming along with it. You will find yourself humming one line that skips between bass, melody, and harmony -- one possible combination out of the infinite number of latent interpretations.
Better yet, hum along with it while listening to it on headphones while recording your humming on a tape recorder. Play back the tape and see how it compares with the Soundscape.
It is music that exists only in your mind.
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