Kris Weston

FFWD

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FFWD is an eponymous album by FFWD – Robert Fripp, Thomas Fehlmann, Kris Weston, and Alex Duncan Paterson released in 1994. All files are full quality aiff’s.

This is one of my favourite productions. Its mostly Robert Fripp’s guitar work and my production, keyboards and computer tweakery. Fripp said at the time it was the best thing hes ever worked on – which is not true, but still was a great compliment 🙂 Thomas Fehlmann and Alex Patterson were also involved, mostly in a sort of consulting role, however I’ve read things on the internet which say the exact opposite and that I did almost nothing on it – [rolls eyes]. Alex contributed some BBC sound effects records as was his usual modus operandi and Thomas didn’t do much apart from moral support and the occasional production opinion. Andy Hughes, the now deceased engineer who stole my delay unit (karma?) also did a sort of high bleepy sound in one of these tunes. He looked like he was bored so I let him. Should have sacked him there and then, hindsight is a bitch though.

…The rest of the post is very interesting for anyone who has ever wondered why the character of The Orb’s music changed so dramatically not long after this recording (the subject usually makes Kris’ flesh crawl).

The album title is an acronym for the artists, but a self deprecating joke at the ambient approach too– though this album is extremely engaging and far from ambient– as if to say, “Well, as soon as you philistines get a hold of this CD, you should probably just hold down the fast forward button.” I don’t know what the symbol in the upper left means, but it is surely alluding to the e:mit album art glyph.

FFWD has been, for the ten years or so I’ve known of its existence, my absolutely most prized album– I bought a copy of the CD from eBay for $39 immediately after finding out about it and borrowing it from another DJ back when I was doing my late-night ambient and experimental radio broadcast, Gray December, at WEVL FM 89.9 in Memphis. I have it on vinyl too. I dislike talking about music or telling anyone what to think, but I will say that it is essential listening for the genre, and like a lot of what Orb produced during this time… I will go so far as to say a high-point of all early-21st music “Buckwheat & Grits” is one of the most gorgeous pieces of music I’ve ever heard. I wore it out playing it on Gray December (and the following piece, “Klangtest”), and it defined for me those strange last few years in Memphis. I completely stole this name to use for my website, but what it exactly meant has always been known only to me.

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  1. S___ in Russia found this post and wrote:

    “I am pleased that someone else finds this music worthy and lovely. When I was in St. Petersburg, FFWD was the source of feelings, it is difficult to say the words.”

    …When I mentioned I would like to visit Russia someday and asked him where he lived, he replied:

    “I live in a closed city, so I can not say anything else[…] Travels – that’s fine, I would also like …. but… but there are circumstances.”

    …It just so happens that the last few weeks I’ve been on a Russia kick, having read An American in the Gulag: Alexander Dolgun’s Story, K Blows Top– a chronicle of Nikita Khruschev’s 1959 tour of the US, and right now I’m listening to the unabridged audiobook of The Gulag Archipelago.

    The *truly strange* part is that I wrote Kris to tell him about this email from S___ and he replied:

    “im halfway through the gulag archipelago, riveting read. not.
    harrowing boring read, yes.
    important to know your history though i believe…”

    …the very day of this correspondence was when I downloaded this very book. So FFWD apparently is surrounded with a morphic resonance field spanning the earth.

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