Fred FrithAccidental

Label:ReR Megacorp – ReR/FRA 01, Fred Records – ReR/FRA 01
Series:Music for Dance – Volume 3
CD, Album, Reissue
Country:UK & US
Genre:Electronic, Jazz
Style:Avantgarde, Experimental


1The Tangled Bank3:40
2Hit And Run2:57
3Gatto Nero1:33
4Old Geometry2:24
5Their Blood Is Black And Yellow4:33
6In A Heartbeat1:15
7Fooled Again5:04
9Absinthe Memories (For Phil Minton)3:00
11Almighty Home At Last5:12

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Recorded at Studio Jankowski, Stuttgart in December 1995 & January 1996.
Edited and mastered in July 2000.
Extraneous material is taken from recordings of demonstrations in New York and Washington DC, and from random radio tuning.

"Accidental" was originally commissioned by Paul Selwyn Norton for the dance piece "Rogue Tool".
It was premiered by the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel in February 1996.

Design: Tom Kurth, artwork

p & © 2001 Fred Records All titles Anthill Music ( GEMA )
Distributed by ReR Megacorp
Made in USA
Distributed in USA by ReR USA
Distributed in Japan by Locus Solus

Packaging: 4-panel, black plastic Digipak, display strip with notes & barcode.
The "Music for Dance" series is printed on the display strip.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text, on display strip): 0 752725 02042 8
  • Barcode: 0752725020428
  • Rights Society (Performance rights): GEMA
  • Label Code: LC-02677
  • SPARS Code: ADD

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  • ultimathulerecords's avatar
    The first release on the new Fred Records has to be one of Fred Frith's most unique creations to date, as it's often a world away from anything he's done before, often more the type of album one would expect if Fred had joined forces with Robert Fripp. It may be subtitled "Music For Dance Volume 3", yet it would never suite any dance that I could imagine, no - this is "dance" as an art-form performance - abstract dance works, aptly accompanied by abstract music.
    Fred seems to be largely using a guitar with midi-control (maybe a Roland guitar synth, although nothing is specified) playing a variety of sounds perfectly co-ordinated with more normal guitar tonalities. Apart from some radio noise, we have a rich palette of fuzz tones, distortion effects, chilling organ tones, and all sorts of indescribable sound. It amounts to a unique form of picture music, surreal and visionary, a guitar album that's not really a guitar album, and music that's not always really music. Yes, it's a different world of expression, with only a slight edge of older Fred Frith "Guitar Solo" experiments.
    As an album, I love some of it, and some will grow on me, I'm sure. That's what this sort of music does, it lures you in, intrigues you, conditions your brain with each listen. I don't believe it was "Accidental" at all!
    • jeronimo_hartmann's avatar
      This is such a good album! Each of the tracks is unique, but all of them have a strange dark atmosphere. The title track has a beautiful violin sound and deep organ chords, it really hypnotizes you. But my favorite is the next one, "Absinthe Memories (For Phil Minton)" with some vocal noises out of this world! The best way to describe this album, would be what Frith said in a interview:

      "I'm fascinated by accidents. When I do solo improvisations I think of myself as being in continuous dialogue with the unexpected, and its always dynamic. Do I ignore this, do I embrace it, do I integrate it, do I keep my distance? When making this music I was constantly using random elements like radio tuning and trying to frame them in metric or harmonic structures."


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