Robert Rich

Robert Rich

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Although his music is often consigned to the new age bins of record stores and the bulk of his work has been released on labels more closely associated with that classification, Robert Rich's solo and collaborative recordings have proven extremely influential on a range of new school ambient and experimental artists. Although barely into his 30s, Rich's association with earlier space-music pioneers such as Steve Roach, Kevin Braheny, and Michael Stearns also makes him one of the few of that generation to have interfaced creatively with the new wave of experimental electronic composers. A California native, Rich began experimenting with electronics in the late '70s before attending Stanford University, where he completed a degree in psychology. While at Stanford, Rich's involvement in the university's prestigious Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics expanded his interest in electronic composition, as well as bringing him in contact with a wide range of non-traditional, non-Western musical ideas. Rich's performance of several all-night "sleep concerts" during this period also helped solidify an aesthetic focus on psychoacoustics, perceptible in early recordings such as Geometry and Trances / Drones. Rich's more mature works such as Rainforest and Propagation have sought to combine that interest with more recognizable electro-acoustical elements (Rich plays a wide range of instruments, from synths and effects racks to hand drums and flute), but the influence of digital sound manipulation has also moved increasingly to the fore. Inspired by the more textural works of artists like SPK and Throbbing Gristle, Rich's interest in the edgier side of electronic composition has also earned him a reputation among fans of gothic, industrial, and dark ambient, made most obvious by his collaboration in 1995 with Brian Williams of Lustmord. In addition to his more ambient-leaning works, Rich also plays in the experimental pop band Amoeba. He is also a scholar of Just Intonation, writing regularly on the topic and co-authoring the software program JICalc.
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Robert Rich Súnyatá (Album) Soundscape US 1982 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Live (Album) Psychout Productions Sweden 1984 Sell This Version
SP003 Robert Rich Drones(Cass, Album) Soundscape SP003 US 1984 Sell This Version
SP002 Robert Rich Trances(Cass, Album) Soundscape SP002 US 1984 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Numena (Album) Multimood Records Sweden 1987 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Inner Landscapes (Album) Auricle, Auricle UK 1988 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Rainforest (Album) Hearts Of Space US 1989 Sell This Version
Robert Rich / Steve Roach Robert Rich / Steve Roach - Strata (Album) Hearts Of Space US 1990 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Geometry (Album) Spalax France 1991 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Gaudí (Album) Hearts Of Space US 1991 Sell This Version
Steve Roach, Robert Rich Steve Roach, Robert Rich - Soma (Album) Hearts Of Space US 1992 Sell This Version
HS11040-2 Robert Rich Propagation(CD, Album) Hearts Of Space HS11040-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
Robert Rich & B.Lustmord* Robert Rich & B.Lustmord* - Stalker (Album) Fathom US 1995 Sell This Version
Robert Rich & Lisa Moskow Robert Rich & Lisa Moskow - Yearning (Album) Fathom US 1995 Sell This Version
Robert Rich | Alio Die Robert Rich | Alio Die - Fissures (Album) Fathom US 1997 Sell This Version
11086-2 Robert Rich Seven Veils(CD, Album) Hearts Of Space 11086-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Shamballa (Live, May 20, 2000) (Album) MP3.com US 2000 Sell This Version
hyp2020, none Robert Rich Humidity - Three Concerts(3xCD) Hypnos, Soundscape hyp2020, none US 2000 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Bestiary (Album) Release Entertainment US 2001 Sell This Version
FOU.11 Seofon With Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Stephen Kent, Robert Rich Seofon With Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Stephen Kent, Robert Rich - Zero Point(CD) The Foundry FOU.11 US 2001 Sell This Version
Robert Rich & Ian Boddy Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - Outpost (Album) DiN (2) UK 2002 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Temple Of The Invisible (Album) Soundscape US 2003 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Open Window (Album) Soundscape US 2004 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Calling Down The Sky (Album) Soundscape US 2004 Sell This Version
Robert Rich Echo Of Small Things (Album) Soundscape US 2005 Sell This Version