Real Name:
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Lichens was a main recording alias of multi-instrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, created in 2004 for his solo and collaborative studio recordings and live performances. Lichens uses modular synthesizer to loop, manipulate and process his wordless vocals in real time to create hypnotizing, deep listening drone soundscapes. Largely inspired by works of Harry Partch, who invented his own 43-note scale system within the frequency range of a conventional Western 12-tone octave, Robert Lowe is primarily interested in synthesizer as a unique instrument with an ability to make sounds "right in between the notes". Apart from his voice, Lichens uses other unconventional sounds sources, including a human body or plants, which are connected to a synthesizer through a MIDI Sprout (a custom-built box which reads bio-signals through EEG pads and converts them into MIDI signal).

Lichens self-released his debut limited edition CD-R R. Brown in 2004 and played at the Million Tongues Festival in Chicago. His first official album was released in the autumn of 2005 by Kranky. The Psychic Nature of Being presented three long tracks, recorded over a single improvisation session without overdubbing. In 2008, Lichens toured extensively as an opening act for Explosions In The Sky and played at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival curated by the band. After that Lowe started recording and performing mostly under his real name, so Lichens releases became less frequent. In 2012, the project presented Lítið Fólk LP on Belgian Morc Records.
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KRANK 086 Lichens - The Psychic Nature Of Being album art Lichens The Psychic Nature Of Being (Album) Kranky KRANK 086 US 2005 Sell This Version
KRANK 106 Lichens - Omns album art Lchns* Omns (Album) Kranky KRANK 106 US 2007 Sell This Version
051962 Lichens - Exterminating Angel album art Cloudland Canyon / Lichens Cloudland Canyon / Lichens - Exterminating Angel (Album) Holy Mountain 051962 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Lichens - Spegulo En Fazo album art Lichens Spegulo En Fazo(CDr, Album) Not On Label none US 2009 Sell This Version
none Lichens - ∞ album art Lichens (Album) Not On Label none US 2008 Sell This Version
none Lichens - Tanith album art Lichens Tanith(CDr, Album) Not On Label none US 2009 Sell This Version
004 Lichens - Biesenthal album art Air Cushion Finish & Lichens Air Cushion Finish & Lichens - Biesenthal (Album) Biesentales Records 004 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
Morc 62 Lichens - Lítið Fólk album art Lichens Lítið Fólk (Album) Morc Records Morc 62 2012 Sell This Version
PP-009 Lichens - 3110​/​2410​/​1810 album art Lichens 3110​/​2410​/​1810(Cass, Ltd) Player Press PP-009 US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HOSS007 Lichens - Restoration Of Temperment / If You So Choose album art Lichens / Lexie Mountain Lichens / Lexie Mountain - Restoration Of Temperment / If You So Choose(12", Ltd) HOSS Records HOSS007 US 2007 Sell This Version