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

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Rick Wakeman - Past, Present and Future – At the outset, it would appear that reviewing three CDs of solo piano music from keyboardist Rick Wakeman would be a daunting task. While wrestling with the perception that the pianist can easily sit...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues