APPY TALK!

A reis­sue round-up for Theo Travis and Robert Fripp, plus three new ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic apps with Brian Eno col­lab­o­ra­tor.

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Theo Travis and Robert Fripp’s reis­sue cam­paign con­tin­ues with Be­tween The Si­lence, a three-CD com­pi­la­tion fea­tur­ing live sets from All Saints Church, Broad Chalke in 2009, Bath Fes­ti­val Spiegeltent in 2010 and All Saints Church, Chel­tenham in 2010. “Af­ter sev­eral Travis & Fripp re­leases, the la­bel [Pan­e­gyric] thought it would be good to have it in a mul­ti­pack­age,” Travis tells us. “They are three dif­fer­ent types of con­certs in dif­fer­ent venues and there’s lots of con­trasts, so that keeps it in­ter­est­ing.”

Some­thing else to keep things in­ter­est­ing is the duo’s new Travis & Fripp iPhone and iPad app, de­vel­oped by Brian Eno app col­lab­o­ra­tor Pete Chil­vers.

“Pete sug­gested the idea,” says Travis. “It sounded pretty cool and I pro­posed it to Robert, who agreed, but it’s taken a cou­ple of years to get from there to here.”

Ti­tled Travis & Fripp I, Travis & Fripp II and Travis & Fripp

III – and fea­tur­ing gen­tly trippy synched art­work – each app is “in a dif­fer­ent key, a dif­fer­ent har­monic area”, says Travis.

“My flutey clips and Robert’s gui­tary clips will be picked by the user, or played in ran­dom or­der, but they’ve been selected and de­signed to work to­gether in dif­fer­ent ways so you get a unique per­for­mance each time – ones that will never be re­peated, even if you let them float on in­fin­itely.”

As a clip comes up, the date, time and lo­ca­tion of record­ing is shown. Some pieces were recorded this year. “I had to go through the master tracks and find 90 clips that worked,” Travis says. “That’s when we re­alised we needed to record some new stuff.”

The apps are avail­able for iOS on the App Store now, priced £2.99 each or £6.99 for the three.

TEA-O AND ROBERT: APP-MAK­ING IS THIRSTY WORK.

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