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Travis and Fripp - New 3 CD Album News

'New 3 CD album – out 6 July 2018

Travis and Fripp - 'Between the Silence'

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Travis & Fripp has proved to be one of the most enduring of Robert Fripp's many duo projects – all the more remarkable really, given that both musicians are consistently involved in other projects; for Fripp, a renewed King Crimson has been a primary musical enterprise since 2014, while Theo has been busy with Steven Wilson continues as a member of Soft Machine, and writes and leads his band Double Talk While this has meant that plans for further Travis & Fripp concerts have proved impossible to schedule at present, work has continued on the music already recorded.

Between the Silence presents a specially priced 3CD set comprising three complete concerts recorded in 2009 and 2010. As with so much music where improvisation is central, a core element, hearing the performances as heard on the respective nights allows the listener to enter more fully into the spirit in which the music originated, while the differences in venues, acoustics and even size of audience impacts upon the manner in which the duo approaches each concert. Most of the music featured is new to CD with only two tracks having appeared in different / edited form on the album Follow.

As ever the music produced by Travis & Fripp remains wonderfully difficult to neatly categorise – sometimes quiet, but never to the extent that it could be described as 'ambient' – improvisational, but not in such a manner as to call it 'jazz' - using electronics, but not resulting in music that could be described as 'electronica'. It is, nonetheless, music that has touched a great many people – both in concert and as presented on discs – with this release marking the duo's fifth recorded release.

Given that cheerful defiance of categorisation, it is probably no surprise that other methods are being employed to bring the music to an even wider audience. Simultaneous with the preparation of the music for the album, a series of three generative music apps based on the music of Travis & Fripp has been developed. Each app will play a unique combination of elements of Travis & Fripp performances every time it is opened. It is due to be available later this summer for iPhones and iPads.

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New Soft Machine album ‘Hidden Details’

In September 2018, Soft Machine release their new studio album 'Hidden Details'. This is the first Soft Machine album (as opposed to Soft Machine Legacy album ) in 37 years – since 'In the Land of Cockayne'. It features John Etheridge (guitar) Roy Babbington (bass) and John Marshall (drums) alongside Theo on Tenor and Soprano saxes, flute and alto flute and Fender Rhodes electric piano.

PRE-ORDER HERE for 7 September release £10 plus P&P

Theo has written four tunes for the album and there are arrangements of two classic Soft Machine tracks – Out Bloody Rageous (from Third) and The Man who Waved at Trains (from Bundles) . There are also various group improvisations. The music is broad ranging from psychedelia to jazz rock to free form improv' to simple pop-ish tunes to hypnotic mood pieces.

There is a CD version available (Dyad) and a special limited edition vinyl version available (Tonefloat).

PRE-ORDER VINYL EDITIONS HERE

The vinyl edition includes a whole side – 6 pieces - exclusive to that edition.

The vinyl version comes in 3 versions – orange vinyl, blue vinyl and a super limited tour edition orange and blue marbled vinyl only available from the merchandise stall on the tour itself. Only 200 copies of this super limited edition will be made, so it will be both rare and highly sought after.

With the release of the album the band featuring John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington and John Marshall will go on a Soft Machine 50 Years World Tour celebrating 50 years since the first Soft Machine album. The band will be touring as follows-

2018

July – Japan and Canada

September – European Tour

October – USA Tour

November – UK Tour

For full tour schedule and gigs details, see live dates page.

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Soft Machine 50 Years Tour


Brand new studio album 'Hidden Details' coming soon!

This is three quarters of the celebrated 70's version of the legendary group which recorded the acclaimed 'Softs' album in 1975, completed by outstanding sax star Theo Travis (Robert Fripp/David Gilmour/Steven Wilson/The Tangent). The band plays material from the era (compositions by Hugh Hopper, Mike Ratledge, Karl Jenkins) as well as many contemporary works, as featured on their brand new album 'Hidden Details', released in 2018, exactly 50 years since the release of the band's 1968 debut album 'The Soft Machine'.

Whilst the line-up of Soft Machine may have changed many times since the heady days of the late 1960's, the band's spirit of musical adventure, and the ease with which it freely avoids being pigeon holed and can move from powerful progressive jazz fusion to atmospheric psychedelia to free improvised jazz-rock to ambient loop music continues to make it both unique and totally contemporary.

For a full list of Soft Machine Tour Dates, click here.​

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Soft Machine - European Tour News

 Great news for Soft Machine followers in mainland Europe! The band will be touring in September 2018, visiting cities including Oslo, Milan, Vienna, Prague, Zoetemeer, Verona, Brastislava and others yet to be announced! The full schedule of dates and venues will be published soon so keep visiting and follow Theo's social media channels for updates and news!

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Soft Machine - Maidstone Fringe

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Theo will be joining John Etheridge, Roy Babbington and John Marshall at the Maidston Fringe Festival 2018 on May 5th at Pizza Express, Maidstone.

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