Robert Fripp held a question and answer session at Antarctica
Studio on January 16th, 2000.
Roughly 70 people attended the Nashville event from as
far away as Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Georgia and Louisiana.
The session lasted almost four hours and included a surprise from Robert:
the audience was treated to several finished (and unfinished) mixes
from the upcoming King Crimson release. In our humble opinion we feel
the new record is a scorcher!
The audience was instructed by Robert to write their name
and a question on note cards which were then placed in a basket. Once
the Q&A session was under way Robert randomly picked cards from the
basket. As each card was chosen that person was asked why they were
there, and what value their question had to them. This process turned
the event into an interactive experience where attendees where not permitted
to be passive spectators. Robert encouraged the attendees to consider
their questions wisely, and would not let them off the hook if they
could not sufficiently explain their motives. It was this attendee's
opinion that Robert was simply trying to get us all to think more deeply,
and to help us discover our own answers and more clearly define our
questions. If an attendee was on the right track they were rewarded
by a "sweet" tossed to them from Robert.
Towards the end of the event Robert repeatedly asked for
burning questions... "on fire, burning questions". Only Robert himself
could tell you if any of the ensuing questions were truly incendiary.
Even though Robert was under the weather with the "devil
bug" he was entertaining, captivating and thought provoking. We at Antarctica
feel that the session was a great success and would like to publicly
thank Robert Fripp for his invaluable time and effort in realizing this
Below is a picture of Robert with members of the Antarctica
staff and assistants. The event was also covered in the March issues
of Mix and Pro Sound News magazines. Click here
to view the articles.
(L-R) John Elliott, John Trevethan, RF, Brenda Trevethan,
(photo by Tim Buchanan)