Accidental (album)

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FredFrith AlbumCover Accidental(2002).jpg
Studio album by Fred Frith
Released 2002 (2002)
Recorded December 1995 – January 1996
Studio Studio Jankowski, Stuttgart, Germany
Genre Experimental rock
Length 39:25
Label Fred (UK)
Producer Fred Frith
Fred Frith chronology
Freedom in Fragments
Music for Dance series chronology
The Previous Evening
The Happy End Problem

Accidental (Music for Dance Volume 3) is a studio album by English guitarist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith. It is the third of a series of Music for Dance albums Frith made,[1] and was recorded between December 1995 and January 1996 at Studio Jankowski in Stuttgart, Germany. The album was released on CD in March 2002 on Fred Records and was the first release in Frith's archival release program on the record label.


Accidental was commissioned in 1995 by the British choreographer Paul Selwyn Norton for the dance piece "Rogue Tool", with funding provided by the British Council through the British/Israeli cultural initiative, BI Arts. "Rogue Tool" was premiered by the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel in February 1996.

Frith constructed the music on Accidental using a principle he called "block-melodies" [2] and he incorporated random events, or "accidents", into the compositions, including "found sounds" and field recordings, to trigger new patterns. Frith explained the background to the making of the album:[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC favorable[4]

Bill Tilland of the BBC wrote in a review of this album:[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Tangled Bank" (Frith) – 3:40
  2. "Hit and Run" (Frith) – 2:57
  3. "Gatto Nero" (Frith) – 1:33
  4. "Old Geometry" (Frith) – 2:24
  5. "Their Blood is Black and Yellow" (Frith) – 4:33
  6. "In a Heartbeat" (Frith) – 1:15
  7. "Fooled Again" (Frith) – 5:04
  8. "Accidental" (Frith) – 3:27
  9. "Absinthe Memories (for Phil Minton)" (Frith) – 3:00
  10. "Incoming" (Frith) – 6:20
  11. "Almighty Home at Last" (Frith) – 5:12


  • Fred Frith – guitars, violin, keyboards, percussion, samplers, voice



  1. ^ The Previous Evening (1997), released before Accidental, was designated "Music for Dance Volume 4" after Accidental was released.
  2. ^ Frith, Fred. "Fred Frith interview, June 2003". Fred Frith's homepage. Archived from the original on 20 February 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2007. 
  3. ^ Cutler, Chris. "Fred Frith/Accidental". Chris Cutler's ReR/Recommended. Retrieved 8 February 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Tilland, Bill. "Accidental review". BBC Music. Retrieved 7 February 2007. 

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