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The making of virtual space in the King Crimson Box sets Larks tongues in aspic: Complete recordings, Starless, Road to Red, On [and off) the Road and Thrak Box: Live and Studio Recordings 1994–1997
Stockholm University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4367-856X
2017 (English)In: CONFERENCE PROGRAM - Art of Record Production 2017 / [ed] Zagorski-Thomas, Simon, Stockholm, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The making of virtual space in the King Crimson Box sets Larks tongues in aspic: Complete recordings, Starless, Road to Red, On [and off) the Road and Thrak Box: Live and Studio Recordings 1994–1997

 

 When the founding fathers of progressive rock, British (-American) group King Crimson, produced their groundbreaking LP In the Court of the Crimson king in 1969, they established an eclectic yet recognizable style, with a strong musical and production virtuosity. Continuing for four decades, they became the only band of its generation to continually developing and expanding it’s style and techniques. Their music is not easily categorized: from the advanced rock music inspired by modern jazz and art music on the first four LP albums – and a lot of changes in the band personnel and set up of instruments – the music developed in the mid 1970’s to a dynamic, experimental hard rock with an art music attitude, containing sound worlds of percussion, violins and softer melodic elements blended with heavy, rhythmically complex, asymmetrical guitar riffs: The albums Larks tongues in aspic (1973), Starless and bible black (1974) and Red (1974) was highly influential. When the band was reformed with partly new musicians in 1981, they arrived with a different, of New wave and minimalism, influenced style. In a short span of three years, 1981–1984, they released albums Discipline, Beat and Three of a perfect pair, and reformed once more in 1994 to release the CD Thrak.    

   Importantly, in the same period they managed to take total creative and commercial control of all their recorded output, and it put them in a uniquely strong independent artistic position, connected to their loyal followers. Guitarist Robert Fripp, together with producer David Singleton, started up the company Discipline Global Mobile (DGM), and took care of all the recorded material of King Crimson and their spin off projects. As a consequence, they were able to release a lot of older recordings, partly through their ”Collector’s Club”.

   From 2010 and onwards all of their back catalogue was systematically re-released, some of their albums was also re-packaged in deluxe box sets: In the court of the crimson king, Larks tongues in aspic: Complete recordings, Starless, The Road to Red, On (and off) the Road and Thrak Box: Live and Studio Recordings 1994–1997. They all covering both studio recordings and live recordings that was produced in and around the period of the original recording sessions, in a various set of mixes, alternate takes and sound codec’s. In this presentation the focus is on sketching out an analysis of the mixing strategies on the surround mixes in DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM 5.1 Surround of the studio recordings and live recordings, as it can be heard, using models for analysis of recordings, the Representation Model and the Room Model (Burlin 2008, 2012, 2015), showing how emerging conventions for surround mixing of experimental rock music is connected to recording ideals of documentarism and hyper realism.

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, 2017.
Keywords [en]
King Crimson, surround sound, music production, spatialisation
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Humanities and the Arts
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Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-151542OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-151542DiVA, id: diva2:1174045
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The 12th Art of Record Production Conference Mono: Stereo: Multi
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