not a beautiful or unique snowflake (nothings) wrote,
not a beautiful or unique snowflake

fripp's moto perpetuos

For any Robert Fripp fans, one of his most memorable compositions is Fracture, one notable feature of which is a 3(?)-minute section with a continuous stream of 16th-notes at 140+ bpm (you might not realize how continuous it is, since in some sections the 16ths become a rhythmic backing sound over a slower "melody").

Of possible historic interest, it turns out the 1968 Giles, Giles, and Fripp album features a track with a similar device, although more consonant and only for a minute and a half, at much the same tempo. (mirror 1; mirror 2)

(Of course Fripp repeatedly used the same continuous 16th-note device in a number of other tracks at similar tempos, but rarely for as long; the one featured in the latter half of the opening track on Summers & Fripp's I Advance Masked (NOTE: a music video? really?) is probably the most extended.)
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