Fred Frith – Step Across The Border (1990)

Step Across the Border is a 1990 avant-garde documentary film on English guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith. It was written and directed by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel and released in Germany and Switzerland. The film was screened in cinemas in North America, South America, Europe and Japan, and on television in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France. It was also released on VHS by RecRec Music (Switzerland) in 1990, and was later released on DVD by Winter & Winter (Germany) in 2003. [source]



Fred Frith – Spring Any Day Now (1979)

From the album Gravaty by Fred Frith.

Gravity is a 1980 solo album by English guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith from Henry Cow and Art Bears. Gravity has been described as an avant-garde “dance” record that draws on rhythm and dance from folk music across the world. AllMusic called it one of the most important experimental guitar titles from Fred Frith. [source]

Fred Frith – guitar, bass guitar, violin, extra percussion / Lars Hollmer – piano, organ, accordion / Hans Bruniusson – drums / Eino Haapala – guitar, mandolin / Marc Hollander – alto saxophone, clarinet

Guests: Olivia Bruynhooghe – Tap Dance / Catherine Jauniaux – Performer [Whirling] /Catherine Jauniaux –  Handclaps / Chris Cutler – Handclaps / Denis Van Hecke – Handclaps  / Etienne Conod – Handclaps  / Frank Wuyts – Handclaps / Michel Berckmans – Handclaps / Olivia Bruynhooghe – Handclaps / Tina Curran – Handclaps / Veronique Vincent – Handclaps



Fred Frith – Same old me (1989)

From the film by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel.

Shot in black and white, the 35mm documentary was filmed between 1988 and 1989 in studios, streets, concerts, rehearsals, fields, hotel rooms and sundry other locations in Japan, Italy, France, Germany, England, the United States and Switzerland, and shows Frith rehearsing, performing, giving interviews and relaxing.
Compiled with additons and alterations at Sound Fabrik, Munich Dec. 89.

Bill Laswell – Bass
Fred Maher – Drums
Fred Frith – Performer [Casio], Vocals, Guitar



Fred Frith – No Birds (1974)

No Birds is the last track on Fred Friths album Guitar Solos:

This is a record of unaccompanied guitar solos. It was made in four days at Kaleidophon Studios, London. All the pieces were improvised, some completely and some to a roughly preconceived idea. No overdubs were used, the music is heard at is was played except for No Birds, which was made in two parts, and Not Forgotten, from which we removed two notes. The only sounds not produced ‘naturally’ by guitar or prepared guitar area those of the fuzz-box used on track A4, B3 and B4, and echo delay used on track B4. The extraneous noises on Heat c/w Moment are those made by my breath and feet while I was playing. The middle part of No Birds was played on two guitars simultaneously. [source]

Fred Frith (born 17 February 1949) is an English multi-instrumentalist, composer and improvisor. Probably best known for his guitar work, Frith first came to attention as one of the founding members of the English avant-rockgroup Henry Cow.

After Henry Cow’s first album, Frith released Guitar Solos in 1974, his first solo album and a glimpse at what he had been doing with his guitar. When it was released, Guitar Solos was considered a landmark album because of its innovative and experimental approach to guitar playing. The January 1983 edition of Down Beat magazine remarked that Guitar Solos “… must have stunned listeners of the day. Even today that album stands up as uniquely innovative and undeniably daring.” It also attracted the attention of some “famous” musicians, including Brian Eno, resulting in Frith playing guitar on two of Eno’s albums, Before and After Science (1977) and Music for Films (1978). [source]

Fred Frith – Guitar, Prepared Guitar



[inspired by Ronnie Rocket. Thanks a lot]