yriemfk February 27, 2011
Written by Jackwagon
this music is weird
Fripp & Eno - March 14, 2006 - London January 9, 2011
Written by keebs6666
This is a great look at both Fripp and Eno. A must for all fans of either.
shucks October 12, 2010
Written by RikRomerein
I am practically salivating over the opportunity to hear what both Robert and Brian think was RF at his best, but will have to wait until a) a CD is released, I hope, or b) I buy a new computer with something other than the Vista operating system. This DGM site kindly offers a workaround to deal with FLAC conversion in the Vista operating environment, but I tried it unsuccessfully before and was stuck with music I paid for, that I was never able to hear! I just want to buy a CD of this recording, please.
May 6, 2009
Written by sapindo
Some sparkling jewels buried in the sand.
Not very easy to find the treasure but if your ears have a kind of perseverance, you will be rewarded. A profusion of ideas.
Cross crisis in the lust storm is "Brillantissime".
my head hurts August 2, 2008
Written by tonefreak
I love it all, except for The Idea of Decline, which sounds too much like Ali Click from Nerve Net. And the high frequency beeping/whistling gave me a headache. Can we get a version without all that?
I liked the rest of album very much, tho.
Triples - to - Sound March 9, 2008
Written by Triples
I simply didnít understand it....... before touched itís sound using Soundforge and Goldwaves and VST , DirectX plugins. And software sine oscillators. Suddenly it started working for me. Then it was a good idea to sample, loop and sequence some moments of it in ACIDPro. Why not?
After all itís 4 stars work. íCouse 5 stars worth "Cathedral of Tears", "November Suite", "Gates of Paradise" e.t.c.
sneering loop February 9, 2008
Written by maxine
same old tired shit poorly produced liked swastika girls better
Bollocks November 2, 2007
Written by stevea
I must say, youíve got some audacity to charge money for this rubbish.
Caruso's problem October 7, 2007
Written by dvdhume
Looking at the files through Audacity and listening to them with foobar2000, I cannot perceive any breaks in the ends or beginnings of the files visually or aurally. However, when listening to them with Media Player Classic, for instance, there is a short break between songs. This has to do with the software being unable to play the files back to back properly -- that is, foobar2000 is more suited to playing music than Media Player Classic. I wonder if this problem has to do with your software?
Best yet--shame about the hassles getting it October 7, 2007
Written by GerryK
As one who bought "No Pussyfooting" on LP back in the 70s, and have somewhat slavishly followed the careers of Messrs. F and E since the first Crim and Roxy albums, I think this is their best collaboration yet. It must be issued on regularly available CD to the world at large. Itís too good to bury on an obscure website and make people jump through hoops to get it.
The process to get a playable CD is frankly a hassle. Remember on Seinfeld when Kramer had his "bake-your-own-pizza" idea? Bad idea. So what do you, the purchaser of a Bit-Torrent download get? The chance to spend more of your time and money to burn your own CD, then a further outlay to print your own CD inlay card. Add it up and youíve spent as much as you would have to buy a manufactured CD in a store or on Amazon, and spent a lot more time doing it.
Further hassles: getting the files proved to be a chore. What should have been a 20-minute download turned into a case of constant monitoring as the download stopped numerous times throughout. Converting the FLAC to AIFF proved painless, but again, more time consumed. I use a Mac running OS X 10.4 and Safari. It took over an hour just to get the page with the cover art to load after countless tries. Not fun.
Fortunately, after converting the files to AIFFs, I used Roxio Jam to create a gapless-between-tracks CD easily, but more time was taken to have to do it. I havenít attempted to print the inlay card yet. The question is, how much is your time worth? While I am glad to have this work on (my own) CD, it is much more of a hassle to get it than a quick click on Amazon. Iím all for artists getting to share the profits directly with downloads, but at a buck a track directly in their pocket, the buyer should be provided a more hassle-free way to access their purchases. It will be interesting to see how Radiohead handle downloading their new album.
But full marks for the music itself.
Answer for 'Stormy' June 28, 2007
Written by caruso
The offending files in question are FLAC files. If they were cheap MP3ís (which I avoid like the plague) I would expect cheap quality. I certainly would not have bought them. If that was my only choice to hear this work I would have walked on by. Since this work is not released on a replicated cd, I had no choice to buy the FLAC files. Could it be that I paid for FLAC files and were given MP3ís?
The files have no crossfades at all. They simply end before they should end and start after they should start. They donít even have fade ins and fade outs. Very annoying to listen to and honestly have ruined the continuity of an otherwise blissful experience for me and turned it into a dismal waste of time. Iím sure RF & BE do not approve of this either or at least I hope not.
As far as only the MP3ís being designed to cut off and not the FLAC files, well I donít know about that one. With some finely tuned editing in software, you could have nailed the end points and start points with some patience and skill. After, you could have done your file conversions to both MP3ís and then FLAC files from the same master files only thing being different is the compression level and sonic quality. As far as the piece being intended as one whole continuous piece, why didnít you think someone would not WANT to hear that one continuous piece as it was intended? A FLAC or any file for that matter can be any length indeed. You could have offered the work as one continuous piece as well. Other artists do all the time. We are not talking about pop music here. This is experimental. Please experiment.
Sorry if this seems to be a sore point. Being an audiophile, I demand quality in everything I listen to or work on myself. I would have checked the work before publishing it and putting it out for sale. I wait for the day when I can buy this master work on a real cd, hopefully as one continuous piece of music. Iím sure people will buy them. Not everyone walks around glued to an iPod.
DEAR CARUSO, I have just downloaded the flac files, and deflaced, and they seem to play fine in my I- tunes player. Are you sure you have the tracks in the right order, they can sometimes be filed in reverse in your playlist, this would cause abrupt beginings and ends? Best Stormy
June 15, 2007
Written by pczerner
ummm... Maybe itís DESIGNED to cut off abruptly at the end ...
Brilliant music - Bone-head mastering job June 2, 2007
Written by caruso
This is such a welcome addition to the Fripp & Eno discography. I was immediately driven to download it when I realized it was out. The music is superb. Sublime. My gripe is with the mastering. Most tracks cut off before they are actually finished, only to continue when the next track begins. This could have been easily addressed at the mastering stage very easily with proper planning (cross fades, etc).† When I have the time I will remaster these files myself they way they should have been mastered in the first place, with proper stops and starts for my own sanity.
If one wishes to charge full price for downloads to have all of the revenue go directly to the artist and bypass the middleman for downloading (ie: iTunes, etc.) I AM ALL FOR THAT IN THIS CORRUPT CORPORATE GLOBAL DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF A WORLD) but a least give the consumer his or hers moneyís worth! And donít short change the independent musician (like me) either.
Fire the mastering engineer for f@#ks sake! If you guys want a real mastering engineer, please contact me.
DEAR CARUSO, This Cd was mastered as a continuous piece of music, and therefore crossfades were made between each track to achieve this. The abrupt ends, and then continuation, will, and should only happen with the mp3s. If you have downloaded the higher quality flac, this should not happen. Please let me know which you downloaded, and I will look into it. Sincerely The bone-head Mastering engineer (stormy)
CD for home? May 3, 2007
Written by jcarr73729
Download the FLAC files (they are lossless), convert back to WAV, and burn a CD. People have been doing this for years.
Will it be on CD? April 14, 2007
Written by foolsmate
Like some other reviewers have asked will this be avaialbe on CD?
If so then I would definately by a copy. I would like to have a quality
hard copy that I can listen to on my high end hi-fi system.
This is the music that turned Ahriman to Mithra March 25, 2007
Written by dave_reckoning
This is the pure stuff. As spooky as An Index of Metals, with 13 hyper-cosmos worlds to explore within. Perhaps the most potent and deeply mind altering vibrations that conciousness allows.
A Treasure Chest. February 13, 2007
Written by LouieB
Fripp and Eno have done it again with their latest release "The Cotswold Gnomes". Compiled by Brian Eno from unreleased material that dates back to over a decade, this download is a genuine treasure chest from these two musical giants.
While "The Cotswold Gnomes" is a compilation of material from different time periods, it doesnít sound like it. The music flows seemlessly as one track literally melts into the next.
It is somewhat difficult to pinpoint when all the material dates from (with the exception of the closing piece "Cross Crisis In Lust Storm" which has been reported as dating from 1992) however, it is quite fun to guess as a lot it sounds like outtakes from Enoís "Shutov Assembly", "Nerve Net" and "The Drop" while others take their cue directly from Fripp and Enoís classic comeback effort "The Equatorial Stars".
Standout tracks include the multidirectional "Tripoli 2020", the minimalist "Ringing Beat", the cinematic "Timean Sparkles" and "Idea of Decline", the funk-laden "Deep Indian Long" and the full throttle industrialism of "Sneerling Loop" and the aformentioned "Cross Crisis In Lust Storm".
Indeed the entire 54 minutes worth of music is like taking an adventure into the world of eclectic sounds. Thereís more than just ambient music here. Thereís a wide variety of styles covered.
Hereís hoping that more music of this nature will be just around the corner. Until then, we have this latest chapter in a winning streak of releases so far.
Collectors January 18, 2007
Written by ronmadigan
Studio-sweepings of Masters, and worth hearing in that sense, but one wonders if perhaps in the bad old days of Record Companies, the company would have either not released this, put it out as filler on a single (hence marginal cost to consumer being in some way zero), or charged less for it (the marginal cost to the artists being already zero). Perhaps DGM can revive the logic of Chris Blackwell and bring out a sort of Help label, where one could buy the likes of Earthbound or (NP) for a copper short of thirty bob. In the case of the former because MC was zero, in the case of the latter to get people to try something a bit off the beaten track. Given the existence of that pricing strategy, the less committed (but still appreciative) consumer can be alerted to the releases where more effort was put in by higher price. Signalling, I believe its called, and it was of benefit to everyone.
January 18, 2007
Written by paladino
The old duo is very excellent. But...i prefere one only long track with all obliquities!
The Cotswold Gnomes January 2, 2007
Written by sergegirard
Waiting for the complete CD version. I donít like MP3 etcetera!
Soon to be on CD? December 13, 2006
Written by lotusm50
Will this be released on CD (or any form other than download)? Iíd buy this in a second, but I donít download music (too easy to lose, CD-Rís have very limited longevity, and most reasonably permanent/secure storage options are expensive, among other issues, besides not playing music on my computer becuase the sound quality is no where near as good as on my audio equipment).
One of the best December 6, 2006
Written by millingt
DGM continues to offer great recordings. This is one of the best. Even though it is a compilation, it feels like an album. It sounds very modern. And reminds me of the Altair piece from the Equitorial Stars album that I could never get enough of. If I could only download 5 performances from DGM, this would be one.
Excellent November 10, 2006
Written by schnuckenack
Just one word: itís great! Itís a fantastic recording, no way!
a marvelous link between the atmospheric soundloopes and rythmic banter of the October 29, 2006
Written by heavenly
Fripp & Eno - The Cotswold Gnomes
There is only one word for it - fantastic!!
When I read in an interview with Fripp sometime in the early 90s that there would be another Fripp & Eno release, which would be different - "F & E with a dance beat" -- I got very excited. What followed, however, was the release of The Essential Fripp & Eno, with the infamous "Healthy Colours" suite. That piece of music was delightful in that respect that it was reminiscent of the My Life in the Bush of Ghosts album by Eno and Byrne but it disappointed as the idea was very basic and did not get much better by doing it four times over.
The Cotswold Gnomes is a totally different cup of tea. All the tracks have a feeling of completeness and even though they are very different form each other the selection by Eno shows that they really have been put together with thought. This album is mostly rhythmic and alludes to the Fripp & Enoís work on the first Eno albums, on the Eno & Byrne album as well as on Enoís album Nerve Net from 1992. Some pieces are more experimental, as "Dirt Loop" and some even have a "techno art punk" edge (for lack of a better word), as "Cross Crisis in Lust Storm,", in terms of energy comparable to "Babyís On Fire" and "Third Uncle" There are also sound loops, three pieces even are reworks from the fantastic 2004 released The Equatorial Stars and they all fit in as if they only have been conceived for this album.
This album is well worth a major release and I would imagine it would get similar rave reviews as Equatorial Stars and the Exposure re-release!!!
In terms of Fripp & Eno and this DGMlive wonderful website, thank you so much for this wonderful album and hopefully the fantastic performances from the 1975 Fripp & Eno mini tour will be released here one day as well!
October 29, 2006
Written by karnak
we were expecting that something like this exist
Wonderful Stuff! October 25, 2006
Written by acampo
Thanks to all involved @ DGM for another great DL. Any more gems hiding in the vaults?
Soothing & Delightful October 24, 2006
Written by freshlet
Brian & Bobbyís Little Fun Record October 24, 2006
Written by powerfall
Rhythmic, aggressive, experimental.
Well worth the flash ĎO the plastic and then some.
At Last! October 23, 2006
Written by KramNamloc
Perhaps the funkiest white men on earth! Chok full oí lost gems!
Hear Ye, Hear Ye: October 23, 2006
Written by vargan
This may be the best thing since the invention of bíboomshanka.
Prayers Answered October 23, 2006
Written by aronson
This is the most amazing thing Iíve never heard... Downloading now. Thank you, DGM!!!