John Frusciante....... C/D?

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

Say what you will about RHCP, but... seriously. Is his solo material worth a listen?

maria b (maria b), Saturday, 26 April 2003 18:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like the turn the band has taken since he's returned (he played every instrument aside from bass and drums and did all the background vocals on By The Way), so I'm damn curious about it myself.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 26 April 2003 19:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the first two - niandra lades & usually just a t shirt and smile from the streets you hold (or something) - are TOTALLY cracked, incomparable to anything, quite unlistenable at points but also very interesting at others. I wouldn't sell my copy. He IS the only thing that makes RHCP even halfway listenable (examine the records without him - not counting Hillel Slovak era - apples and oranges, there) and he is very talented, obviously. Worth a listen, for sure.

The last record he did - to record water for xx days or whatever (these titles are probably all wrong) kinda sucked - he played it straight. I got it for 88cents and felt a little ripped off. Bummer. But the dude's technique is totally his own.

He's OK by me.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Saturday, 26 April 2003 19:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like all three of his solo albums -- much MUCH more than the band he normally works for. The most recent album is actually sorta his Depeche Mode/New Order and so I rather approve...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 26 April 2003 19:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

he is a fucking great guitar player, without his edgy playing rhcp would lose their last bit of relevance. when he came back for californication - that saved the band.

Jay K (Jay K), Saturday, 26 April 2003 19:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

To Niandra Lades or Usually Just a T-Shirt or whatever it's called - of all 3 solo Frusciante albums, this is the most wacked-out. However, underneath the skin-flaking-off nasty crust, at the core is some very raw gorgeous SOUL.

Smile From the Streets You Hold - easily the harshest and angst-y-est of the three. This is among my top 10 albums-to-listen-to-whence-just-breaking-up-with-someone. Definitely not recommended for a sunny day.

To Record Only Water For Ten Days - prob'ly my favorite. Ned's right about the New Order/Depeche Mode comparison above, mostly for the use of synths and 80s-era drum machines. This album IS recommended for a sunny day, and I think it reflects in the music that this album kinda coincided with John himself getting out of his heroin + demons/wicked-energies phase, and, as I like to think of it, the album where he started using his powers for Good rather than Evil.

So, from the nickalicious, a resounding "CLASSIC".

nickalicious (nickalicious), Saturday, 26 April 2003 20:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

J.F. is one of those guitarist that I find inspiration in all the time. When I first pick the guitar up in 6th grade, 1992, my heroes were Slash, because he is fucking sweet, and Kurt, because I could learn all of his shit pretty easily. After a few years, once I had mastered the art of the cliched blues scale and the Black Flag power chord change, John was the next level I tried to emulate. I'm still nowhere near Slash or John as far as technical proficiency goes, they are still the two that I still hope to be able to emulate well once I have the 3 or 4 years off work to hone my skills. Also, there's some Slayer in there somewhere, but that's only when I just try and play random notes as fast as possible to emulate the Slayer guitar solo thing where it sounds as if the guitar has turned into a flamingo and is deperately trying to fly away as you play as many notes as possible.

Helltime Producto (Pavlik), Saturday, 26 April 2003 23:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Superb guitarist. Rides the line between tasteful compromise/DIY very well. Who wouldn't want to be the guitarist for a band as big as RHCP?

Cub, Sunday, 27 April 2003 01:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

another vote for "to record water for ten days". Ned's NO comparison is valid and that's maybe why I like it that much. There's also a pretty strong Cure element in it and this is really the sound Robert Smith should be aiming for these days, esp. as it incorporates the Mogwai thing much better than "Bloodflowers" ever did. Less is more, really..
Also, 'Going Inside' is THE perfect summer driving song.
so, there, CLASSIC

Fabrice (Fabfunk), Monday, 28 April 2003 06:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
just heard "Your Pussy's Glued to a Building on Fire" after a couple of years. Classic classic classic.

OCP (OCP), Sunday, 11 January 2004 14:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

*goes and retrieves neandra lades and usually just a t shirt from its cd-shelf-silence*

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 11 January 2004 15:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Saw him play last night with a 3-piece band at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood -- and his bassist was Joe Lally of Fugazi!

Morris Tepper opened - only know he was in the Magic Band -- he did a sort of Tom Waits-y set with some real cool guitar playing. What do people know about him?

But, anyways, the Frusciante show was cool -- songs composed specifically for the show. apparently he is doing a few more of these there -- they are listed just under "Performance #4, #5," and so on. He's playing again tonight.

Ben Boyer (Ben Boyer), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 19:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

How cool! :-) Yeah, good on him. He'll always be the best guitarist that I wish was actually known more for his solo work, I figure.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 21:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Your Pussy's Glued to a Building on Fire" is easily in the top 10 for songs whose titles do nothing to suggest how beautiful they are.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 21:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This thread inspired me to put on To Record Water for 10 Days and my mood is all the better for it.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 21:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i love the drum machines on that one, upon first listen i was shocked, in a good way. niandra..tshirt is one of my favorite albums of the 1990s. i love this album & and was shocked john lived through his addiction. him and v gallo are supposedd to be working on some sort of project.

kephm, Tuesday, 3 February 2004 21:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"the curtains were made for moving cause you know sometimes you're not always there"
"my smile is a rifle and its pointed at you"

i guess i wish i had an ipod right about now as i do not have the cd handy.

kephm, Tuesday, 3 February 2004 21:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
So his new album has been out for a while now, any impressions?

Baaderoni (Fabfunk), Wednesday, 3 March 2004 10:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i like it--even though tortured john doesn't make too many appearances. the songs and productions are strong and it is definitely a logical progression from all his other albums. anyone that has liked him since niandra will enjoy it.

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 3 March 2004 13:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
I am really not liking the new onem surprisingly. Maybe it'll grow on me, but right now it just sounds like standard modern-rock fare. Very similar to the recent RHCP stuff.

Baaderoni (Fabfunk), Monday, 22 March 2004 11:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
So, Another new Frusciante disc is out; this one is called "DC EP" and it's 4 songs produced by Ian MacKaye (!) and featuring Jerry Busher of Fugazi/French Toast on drums. It's got some great stuff on it. Put these four tracks with the 5 new ones that are on the Brown Bunny soundtrack and it's a whole nother great album.

I love his lo-fi guitar sound so much; I can listen to his noodling for hours.
See also, this thread:
Ataxia - "Automatic Writing" (Frusciante/Joe Lally-Fugazi collaborate on excellent psyche-out mini-epic)

Taxi Dancing in the Soft Prison (Ben Boyer), Wednesday, 22 September 2004 20:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This thread, and the recent discovery of the Brown Bunny soundtrack, totally has me in a Frusciante mood. I don't own anything past To Record Water, i'm downloading the Ataxia album - what should I get? How was Shadows Collide w/ People? How many have there been so far in the 'series?'

roger adultery (roger adultery), Wednesday, 22 September 2004 20:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

roger: "shadows.." and "will to death"

both awesome.

i need to hear this DC EP.

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 22 September 2004 21:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It was $7.98 at Sea Level, which seems reasonable, considering the other discs on that label (Record Collection, which is an offshoot of Warner Bros., right?) seem to have obscenely high retail prices - at Amoeba they seem to go for like $16.98 and stuff.
Anyways, yeah - highly recommended. And I love the continued overlapping between the Chili Peppers and the Dischord scene!

Taxi Dancing in the Soft Prison (Ben Boyer), Wednesday, 22 September 2004 21:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

does anyone else hear a (most likely unintentional) stylistic resemblance to Mark Linkous in some of the more recent songwriting?

roger adultery (roger adultery), Thursday, 23 September 2004 02:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

on the website and listening to mp3's (the slides-automatic writing)
songs are getting stronger. his glorious trebly note bended solos persist. i gotta find out which one this is on. the last one i bought was "to record only water".

kephm, Monday, 4 October 2004 19:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That song is amazing - that's the one with all the dubby effects on the snare and hi-hat that make it sound like some spacy disco jam. It's on the Ataxia disc. Highly recommended. I never in a million years would have guessed I would become so into Frusciante (having not bought a Chili Peppers disc since "Blood, Sugar" in high school). I can't wait for more.

Taxi Dancing in the Soft Prison (Ben Boyer), Monday, 4 October 2004 19:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

HE HAS NEW ALBUM COMING OUT OCT 25THish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 4 October 2004 19:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

sometimes when i am playing guitar, and i stop to listen to a little frusciante for inspiration, i just want to pull off my fingers & chop off my worthless hands

kephm, Monday, 4 October 2004 19:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ha ha YOU AND ME BOFE

I have almost given up on playing pretty things and resigned myself to sub David-Byrne-esque twerky strumming.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 4 October 2004 19:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
He's been pretty quiet lately, huh?
I'm still enjoying 'Will to Death' but I just saw he'd released two since then. I'm tempted to get 'Curtains'. Any opinions?

Baaderonixxxorzh (Fabfunk), Friday, 1 April 2005 09:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Frusciante wrote and played some incredible music for the Jane's Addiction "Gift" soundtrack (I remember something called "Ants"?)...has anybody heard this? Or know how to get a hold of it?

iTunes synergy activate!:

Pussyfootin'the Duke...Comets on Fire
Your Pussy's Glued to a Building On Fire....John Frusciante
Instant Pussy....Matching Mole
Pussy Don't Fail Me Now...Missy Elliot

Dr. Gene Scott (shinybeast), Friday, 1 April 2005 11:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

curtains is an all acoustic album. not bad.

cutty (mcutt), Friday, 1 April 2005 11:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Is "Ants" on the cassette version of Niandra Lades...? It's actually listed as one of the songs in his scrawlings in the packaging for it, but it's not on the actual CD.

Vic Funk, Friday, 1 April 2005 11:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yes, it's only on the cassette.

cutty (mcutt), Friday, 1 April 2005 11:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Curtains has some electric guitar and synthesizer on it too, but it's very folky and warm. It's EXCELLENT rainy day music.

Sphere In the Heart of Silence, the Frusciante/Josh Klinghoffer colab album, is far different. Way awesome. It's kinda reminiscent of Kid A in it's structure and pacing, but it uses some ancient electronics and is way scratchier sounding. Josh Klinghoffer's singing voice is surprisingly good, too. He sounds kinda like a softer, more effeminate Thom Yorke, which makes a nice foil to John's more weathered voice. The song "Walls" on this album has one of the best vocal performances John Frusciante has or probably will ever lay to a track.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Friday, 1 April 2005 13:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

His recent string of releases, IMHO:

Sphere... (with Josh Klinghoffer) > Curtains > Inside of Emptiness > Automatic Writing (Ataxia) > Will to Death > DC EP

nickalicious (nickalicious), Friday, 1 April 2005 13:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Exciting! I lost track after Will to Death so it seems it's time to catch up

Baaderonixxxorzh (Fabfunk), Friday, 1 April 2005 13:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
wow. To Record Only Water for Ten Days is beautiful!

The Boy Who Cried YSI? (Freud Junior), Tuesday, 9 May 2006 01:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

best thing i have discovered in a while.

The Boy Who Cried YSI? (Freud Junior), Tuesday, 9 May 2006 02:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

C/D? The guy has a song titled Your Pussy Is Glued to A Building on Fire. Obviously classic.

trees (treesessplode), Tuesday, 9 May 2006 03:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Obviously way more classic than the sock farmers?

The Boy Who Cried YSI? (Freud Junior), Tuesday, 9 May 2006 04:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I've been re-dicsovering To Record Only Water for Ten Days these last two weeks what an awesome awesome album...

baaderonixx, Thursday, 11 September 2008 13:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yup. Need to dig it out again...

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 11 September 2008 13:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

With No One is awesome

Zeno, Thursday, 11 September 2008 13:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

classic

cutty, Thursday, 11 September 2008 14:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Haha yeah "With No One" is the one I get stuck in my head all the time

baaderonixx, Thursday, 11 September 2008 14:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

classique

update prefs (ice crӕm), Thursday, 11 September 2008 15:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

saw this dude play last week, it sounded like the royal trux

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 11 September 2008 15:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

Weird; just last week I put all of the 6 Record Collection albums in one playlist and listened to them all for the first time in several years. There are some incredible (and incredibly sad) songs on there. I still have never heard the 2nd Ataxia disc (and I LOVED the first one)... I never see it in shops and it's not on iTunes for some reason (though the other one is). Anyone heard it?

Ben Boyerrr, Thursday, 11 September 2008 16:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

http://johnfrusciante.com/

cutty, Thursday, 13 November 2008 20:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

He'll never end up on the John Petrucci thread if he only talks through his lessons.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 13 November 2008 20:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

ENJOY!!

BIG HOOS' macaroni is off the motherfucking chain (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Thursday, 13 November 2008 20:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

AWESOME

baaderonixx, Monday, 17 November 2008 09:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

New album is streaming on Luisterpaal

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 27 January 2009 13:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

I bought it blind from iTunes. It starts off with a great 9 minute instrumental with some awesome guitar stuff, which segues into a pretty cover of "Song for the Siren." Then it sounds a lot like his other albums - vague lyrics (as in platitudes, not surreality); nice chord changes. I need to give it a few more listens, but I'm having a hard time summoning the desire so far. Does anyone else have it/like it?

Shannon Whirry & the Bad Brains, Tuesday, 27 January 2009 14:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

new record is kinda batshit and very good

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 15 September 2012 16:47 (six years ago) Permalink

100 percent more amen break on this record vs. other frusciante solo records

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 15 September 2012 16:55 (six years ago) Permalink

without his edgy playing rhcp would lose their last bit of relevance. when he came back for californication - that saved the band.

When he left the 2nd time, it made the band irrelevant again.

Lee626, Saturday, 15 September 2012 21:39 (six years ago) Permalink

what's the new one like - after my initial enthusiasm for this guy and the godly 'Water' I kinda drifted away as he seemed more interested in tortured blues rock.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 17 September 2012 15:21 (six years ago) Permalink

new one is sort of like a proper follow-up to to record only water for ten days, but way more unhinged. free jazz drumming that morphs into drill n' bass, cheesy synth sounds, almost niandra-esque frusciante vocal stuff over the top

but in more than a few instances the songwriting is very traditionally pretty.

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 17 September 2012 15:29 (six years ago) Permalink

xp
wow - reading his blog/website, it seems I shouldnt be worried about him getting too trad-rockish:
http://johnfrusciante.com/2012/07/09/my-recent-history/

It's a great read esp the part about training his musical mind to regain control from his musical body - which goes against so many rockist clichés.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 17 September 2012 15:30 (six years ago) Permalink

here's probably my favorite track from the record

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM6nxPH8h5E

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 17 September 2012 15:33 (six years ago) Permalink

hmmm might take me a while to get into this...

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 17 September 2012 15:39 (six years ago) Permalink

not sure what i think about the musical results, but the blog post is great, for someone in his potential position to make that kind of move is really admirable.

tubular, mondo, gnabry (Merdeyeux), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 02:03 (six years ago) Permalink

oh god i've turned into hansel from zoolander.

tubular, mondo, gnabry (Merdeyeux), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 02:03 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

oh man this EP is just awful.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 5 November 2012 20:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah I checked it out after reading the blog post linked above and man, what a letdown.

xanthanguar (cwkiii), Monday, 5 November 2012 21:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Sounds like he heard Roni Size and Wu Tang yesterday. Is the full length better? It was on my wishlist but now...mmm not so sure. Always have time for this guy but this EP is the pits. One of those rare times I wish I hadn't bought without listening first. Maybe the kids are onto something.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 5 November 2012 21:32 (five years ago) Permalink

i like the full length but it's definitely in the mode of the ep

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 5 November 2012 21:58 (five years ago) Permalink

streamed the LP and listened to it distractedly hoping for a new 'Water...' but yeah the whole thing sounded very stuffy and messy

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 6 November 2012 10:50 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Listened to the Empyrean a bit this weekend. I could see myself getting lost in it for a while. The opening track is very much Maggot Brain-inspired, but makes me sadder than Maggot Brain.

cloacachella (how's life), Monday, 28 January 2013 14:46 (five years ago) Permalink

His singing at times reminds me of Phil Collins.

how's life, Monday, 28 January 2013 23:03 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Still listening, by the way. Never stopped. I've checked out and enjoyed several of his other solo records too (Niandra Lades, Ataxia, the first one with Klinghoffer, Curtains), but the Empyrean is something else completely astounding. I wish I'd been listening to for 20 years. Very intricate and proggy and psychedelic, but soulful and real too.

Been especially into this pair (not consecutive on the album)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71LSWZr0dHA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXbEmzW-fJo

how's life, Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:41 (five years ago) Permalink

listened to the empyrean on repeat on a lot last year and i decided it's his best

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:21 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

not sure I have any desire to check this out, but what a guy

Outsides consists of a 10 minute guitar solo and 2 abstract “out” pieces of music. Here I use the word out in the same sense as the term was used in free jazz. It’s a modern approach to the concepts of harmony found in some late 50s/early 60s free jazz and some 20th century classical. I don’t employ any aspects of rock or pop harmony, and that was basically the approach, just to make music that is not reliant on the center that, on PBX, was provided by my songwriting style. I consider this to be working along abstract lines. Making forward moving, full sounding music without resorting to any familiar musical relationships of harmony to serve as a basis has been a goal of mine for quite a while. Both songs have my style of drums and guitar solos, but nevertheless I think of them as my version of modern classical music. They started as just orchestra, but I go wherever music takes me, and I use any instrument to express my feelings, just as I use aspects of any style. For instance, on Shelf, despite the unconventional tonality of the section, I was surprised to find that a blues guitar solo worked well. Also, both songs have Acid sections.

The 1st song, on the other hand, is a new approach to the form of the extended solo. The effect is that of an improvisation between the drums and guitar, but these specific interactions between those instruments could not take place with a traditional drummer and lead guitarist. It’s basically my dream drummer, because he listens and responds to what I am playing, yet he also provides a solid anchor for me to respond to, without the usual delays involved in those contrary actions. He also gives me large spaces of silence and then comes back in exactly on one of my accents, as if he knew I was going to play a note in that precise place. This impossible interaction is due to the fact that the guitar solo was performed to a repetitive 2 bar version of the drum beat, and then afterwards I chopped up the drums so they are interacting with and responding to the solo for the entire 10 minutes. I used only one break for the entire song, trying to get the most I could out of it. Amazing how many new beats there are to be found in a one bar break. This work method allowed me to polyrhythmically go way out on a limb with the guitar, while drum-wise remaining as tight as a funk drummer who somehow mentally follows and compliments each polyrhythm perfectly. Funk drummers normally lead their band, while busy drummers supporting polyrhythmic soloists must listen to and be guided by the soloist, and yet in this song, the drummer is doing both of those things at every moment.

Also, the other instruments are changing by the section and normally extended solos do not have sections so to speak. I maintain a consciousness of the 16 bar cycles, whereas rock soloists and their bands generally abandon multiples of 8 bars, and lose sight of the big picture, hence the boredom long solos became known for. In other words, a guy’s normally soloing over maybe a two bar vamp, and everybody naturally continues to hear larger frames, but gradually these frames become different for each person hearing the music. This not only disconnects the audience from the band, but also disconnects the band members from each other. This is the opposite effect that rock music generally strives to achieve. Whereas, this solo moves forward and changes constantly, like a song does, and the guitar must change keys with the music in the same way a singer must. In extended solos, guitarists usually avoid this inconvenience by soloing over reliable musical backgrounds, called vamps, or by soloing over chord progressions in which the chords all draw from the same 7 notes. When presented with a progression like this, most guitarists would make up a melody, or compose a basic game plan for a solo. You just don’t hear people improvising a long, ballistic solo like this over this kind of classical/Tony Banks chord progression. This ability comes partially from the fact that when I practice along with a CD, I will play one part, say the keyboard, while thinking about at least one other part, say the bass, and my eye follows the frets where the bass part would be if I were playing it. If I fail to “see” the bass part for a few notes, I rewind and do it again until I am playing the keyboard part and seeing the bass part. I’ll do this with all the instruments until my brain understands all the inherent relationships of pitch and rhythm, and by doing this I have as good a mental idea as I could muster about “why” that piece of music makes me feel how it does. Short guitar solos over modulating changes are particularly illuminating using this practicing method. If a musician plays the chords while seeing the solo, and then plays the solo while seeing the chords, it becomes clear “why” the guitarist chose those particular notes at the times he did. This form of practice is based on the same basic musical principle which Jimi Hendrix’s rhythm guitar style showed us, which is that you could be thinking of the chords and a lead part at the same time. We guitar players previously understood this principle as “I can play chords and a lead at the same time”, but at this point in time, over 40 years later, we can now appreciate that it is the ability to think of chords and a lead at the same time which caused him to play in this style, and a new type of soloing can result from engaging in this same mental action, but only playing the lead part. Allan Holdsworth has always been great at this, but we are not talking about jazz here. Rock guitarists usually do not wish to think trains of thought about anything but their own guitar playing during a long solo, and I could not play this way if I were not able to divide my attention between my ever changing musical environment and my instrument itself. To lose your mind while you are mentally considering two opposing perceptions of the music at hand, is a skill rock musicians as a whole have yet to develop.

The style I’m playing in is basically the way I play on PBX, but by this point I had gotten to playing that way with total reckless abandon. This was more of a mental development than a physical one. The difficulty in playing in this style is to think of two separate melodies, in two different ranges, at the same time, and execute them on alternate steps so that they both occur as a single melodic passage. This principle humbly began with some of the lead work Robert Fripp did in the 1970s, and was developed much further by people programming 303s and 202s in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s.

Throughout the last few minutes of the solo, the guitar is being treated by my modular synthesizer and its 64 step sequencer, receiving many triggers from a modded 606 drum machine, and again, it’s a real pleasure to add to an improvisation with musical actions which are right in line with the thinking of the soloist. In this case, it’s me going off on the sound of my guitar with the same abandon as I played the instrument with.

Rock music is electronic music, dependent entirely on electronic circuitry and amplification. This song gives new life to the long ago popularly discarded form of the extended rock guitar solo, and is also progressive synth pop, just the same. The Ep is 20 minutes long.

-John

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:43 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

So turns out this guy only had one great album in him (To Record Water)

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 8 August 2013 12:58 (five years ago) Permalink

nah shadows collide with people and the empyrean are as good

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 8 August 2013 13:12 (five years ago) Permalink

although i totally understand that position bc water is a very singular record

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 8 August 2013 13:14 (five years ago) Permalink

for the longest time I tried to pretend that I liked Shadows but recently I've realized that it just doesn't do anything for me. Not familiar with Empyrean, I might need to check it out

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 8 August 2013 13:31 (five years ago) Permalink

well it's kind of his ultra prog record. ymmv

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 8 August 2013 13:45 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
one month passes...

oh, and a new solo ish

http://johnfrusciante.com/article/enclosure

set the trolls for the heart of the sun (how's life), Monday, 3 March 2014 22:18 (four years ago) Permalink

omg thank god i thought he died

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 3 March 2014 22:43 (four years ago) Permalink

is there suppose to be a comma after the "thank god"?

nostormo, Monday, 3 March 2014 22:44 (four years ago) Permalink

i guess…I'm glad hes not dead, and that he's got a new record out

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 3 March 2014 22:59 (four years ago) Permalink

lol

nostormo, Monday, 3 March 2014 23:00 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

this is such a cool album (shadows)

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 13 May 2018 18:41 (four months ago) Permalink


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.