Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp on music as “a language of being”

Music comes from different worlds:
Automatic music reinforces existing patterns;
Creative music makes changes in the world.

Creative music is music of the future reaching back into the present.

The future is what the present can bear.

Music is a language of being.

Silence is the field of creative musical intelligence which dwells in the space between the notes, and holds them in place.

The quality of our perceptions determines the quality of our judgement.
Our judgement determines how we interract with the world.
How we interract with the world changes the world.
So, the quality of our perceptions changes the world.

The way we describe our world shows how we think of our world.
How we think of our world directs how we interpret our world.
How we interpret our world governs how we participate in it.
How we participate in the world shapes the world.

Any action carries repercussions.
Active and creative interraction and involvement with anything carries active and creative repercussions.
Things are not as they were before: they have changed.
So, if we approach a living, creative, intelligent “object” a second time and expect it to be the same, we will not see or understand it – it is not the same.
So, to see it “again”, we will have to see it not only “as if for the first time” but in actuality for the first time, because it has not been like this before.
So, we can never reach a Final Understanding of anything because it will change as we develop understanding.
If we did reach Final Understanding, simultaneously the “subject” would have changed, rendering our Final Understanding past tense, and no longer final.

Our understanding changes what is is that we understand.
Our interraction with the field of intelligence (the “subject” of our understanding) responds to our understanding of it.
Our “realisation” makes the subject more real.
In this way hearing music which is played changes the music which we are hearing.

When our subjective state changes the music may remain the same, but our experience of it is different.
If our experience of the music is different, then the music is different.
In this simple way, by listening, the audience changes the music.
Music changes when people hear it.

Words cannot convey a musical experience.
A knowledge of the musical language will not itself give us this experience.
Verbal language is the language of function.
The musical language is a language of being.
One describes what we are, the other speaks to who we are.
Robert Fripp in a salvaged “Notes to Myself” file, cited in his diary (November 30, 1998). Thanks to John Cole for the lead.