Exposé Online banner

Robert Fripp — At the End of Time: Churchscapes Live in England & Estonia, 2006
(DGM DGM0701, 2007, CD)

by K. Leimer, Published 2008-01-01

At the End of Time: Churchscapes Live in England & Estonia, 2006  Cover art

There is a great volume of music that we can work to comprehend, and there is a more elusive body within the body of music that it is best to apprehend. The first, of course, is a conscious understanding; the second, one of emotional understanding more appropriate to sacred works. That Churchscapes fits into the broad category of sacred music is obvious – by performing in churches Fripp aligns with the performance spaces of John Tavener in England and Arvo Pärt in Estonia. Yet acoustically Churchscapes does not sound very different than the Soundscapes. Comparing this recording with Pärt’s Kanon Pokajanen recorded down the street at the Niguliste Church would lead the listener to think that the church acoustics – while apparently considered in the performance – were not employed in the recording. Still, there’s less a sense of the guitar-only here than in other Soundscapes. Fripp even seems to quote fragments of “Starless” at one point, then proceeds deconstructing one of his purest and most melodic passages into a shimmering intersection of the formed and formless. Other instances reveal a welcome, gapped openness, as bell-like events coalesce into pattern and then follow the long declines of Eventide’s 80+ second delay lines into absolute and undisturbed silence, making for a fitting resolution to the carefully arc’d complexities that precede. Surely different from the Soundscapes series, but in some ways not quite different enough.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Robert Fripp

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

New Trolls - Tempi Dispari & L.I.V.E.N.T. – The New Trolls always only seemed to flirt with the progressive genre, only in the early 70s and then not always consistently. To sum up their career with a mere description doesn't do them...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues