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Fred Frith

Academic journal article Notes

Fred Frith

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Fred Frith. The Technology of Tears. ReR/Fred FRO 11, 2008.

On The Technology of Tears (originally issued on LP in 1988 as SST-172 with some additional material missing from the CD reissue), composer and multi-instrumentalist Fred Frith made his first significant use of digital sampling and recording technology. The program consists of two suites: the first, "The Technology of Tears," features contributions from saxophonist John Zorn, turntablist Christian Marclay, and vocalist Tenko in addition to Frith's Synclavier, guitar, violin, and manipulated field recordings and other tape sources. While Frith's solo work up to this point had frequently featured noisy experimentation, this three-part suite is unusually relentless in its pulsing barrage of sounds, many of which are attractive enough in themselves, but can be a bit overwhelming in this dense and complex context. Frith's beloved Eastern European rhythms and angular melodies are audible from time to time, and Zorn's atonal squawks also cut through the mix; one wishes that it were possible to hear Marclay's turntable manipulations more clearly. …

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