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Studio album by Tim Berne & Bill Frisell
Released 1984
Recorded Aug-Sept 1983; Aug 1984
Studio High Rise Sound; First Choice Studio, NYC
Genre Avant-garde jazz, Downtown music
Length 48:48
Label Empire
Producer Bill Frisell, Tim Berne and Jon Rosenberg
Tim Berne chronology
Mutant Variations
(1983)Mutant Variations1983
Fulton Street Maul
(1986)Fulton Street Maul1986
Bill Frisell chronology
In Line
(1983) In Line1983
(1984) Theoretically1984
(1985) Rambler1985

Theoretically is an album by Tim Berne and Bill Frisell which was originally released on the Empire label in 1984 before being rereleased on Minor Music. It features four compositions by Berne, two by Frisell, and one joint composition.[1][2][3]


The Allmusic review by Daniel Gioffre awarded the album 3 stars stating "The overall feel of this record puts it almost into ambient territory, as Frisell's volume swells and Berne's upper register squeals blend into a single fabric of weighty yet spacious sound. It is a place where melody emerges almost as a surprise from a strangely menacing backdrop of pure atmosphere... It all works, no doubt about it, but there is room to question the quality of the source material. Overall, this is a good, if not particularly great, album from two musicians at the top of their game.".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "M" (Frisell, Berne) – 6:04
  2. "Inside the Brain" (Berne) – 8:30
  3. "Preview" (Berne) – 4:06
  4. "Caroline" (Frisell) – 3:32
  5. "Ground Floor" (Berne) – 7:37
  6. "2011" (Berne) – 16:17
  7. "Perky Figure" (Frisell) – 2:42



  1. ^ Bandcamp album listing, accessed November 3, 2017
  2. ^ Tim Berne discography, accessed November 3, 2017
  3. ^ Minor Music discography, accessed November 3, 2017
  4. ^ a b Gioffre, D. Allmusic Review accessed June 13, 2011