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Album: Approaching Silence
# Song Title   Time
1)    Beekeeper's Apprentice, The
2)    Epiphany - (German)
3)    Approaching Silence

Album: Approaching Silence
# Song Title   Time
1)    Beekeeper's Apprentice, The
2)    Epiphany - (German)
3)    Approaching Silence
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: David Sylvian (guitar, synthesizer, samples); Robert Fripp (guitar); Frank Perry (bells, bowed gong).
  • Recorded in London, England and Minneapolis, Minnesota between 1990 & 1994.
  • Personnel: David Sylvian (guitar, synthesizer, sampler); Robert Fripp (vocals); Frank Perry (bells, gong).
  • Recording information: Atma Sound, Minneapolis, MN (1990-1994); Autonomy, London, England (1990-1994); Metropolis Studio (1990-1994).
  • Photographers: David Sylvian; Shinya Fujiwara; David Buckland; Ari Marcopoulos; Anton Corbijn.
  • Originally conceived as music for multi-media installations, as an audio-only experience Sylvian's album provides us with a soporific dose of ambient sounds. The title track is made up of cyclical motifs of bells and sustained chords reverberating like ripples on a pond, punctuated by a rich gong-like guitar chord. This is suffused with hushed animal calls, fragments of fuzzy talk-radio programmes and the garbled falsetto of contributor Robert Fripp.
  • "Epiphany" takes sampled material of passing trains and hushed church bells and a plaintive human wailing phrase to make an all-too-brief interlude. Continuing in much the same atmospheric vein "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" is a summer doze in a wooded glade. Imagine chandeliers tinkling in the warm breeze and half-hear the faint sound of a distant civilisation. The hypnotic doze is peppered by shards of muted feedback buzzing in and out like an inquisitive bee, associating the music with its title. Bearing in mind this music was intended to accompany art installations it does work as an ambient album. It has less variety of sounds than, for example, the KLF's CHILL OUT but this disc serves to transport the patient listener to a calm and tranquil place.
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (5/00, p.108) - 4 out of 5 - "...An ambient project that echoes Brian Eno's understated recordings from the '70s....this once-background music translates well as a pure listening experience....ethereal entertainment of the highest order."

The Wire (1/00, pp.91-2) - "...[His] guitars, synthesizers, short-wave and samples blend with, or soak alongside, firstly Frank Perry's bowed gong and finger bells and, on the title track, Robert Fripp's frippertronics....[the results being] diffuse Chinois wallpaper motif..."
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