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With over two dozen albums, Robert RICH has helped define the genres of ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal and trance, yet his music remains hard to categorize. Part of his unique sound comes from using home-made acoustic and electronic instruments, microtonal tunings, computer-based signal processing, chaotic systems and feedback networks. RICH began building his own analog synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13 years old, and later studied for a year at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

RICH released his first album Sunyata in 1982. Most of his subsequent recordings came out in Europe until 1989, when Rich began a string of critically acclaimed releases for Fathom/Hearts of Space, including Rainforest (1989), Gaudí (1991), Propagation (1994) and Seven Veils (1998). His two collaborations with Steve Roach, Strata (1990) and Soma (1992), both charted for several months in Billboard. Other respected collaborations include Stalker (1995 with B. LUSTMORD), Fissures (1997 with ALIO DIE) and Outpost (2002 with Ian BODDY.) RICH's contributions to multi-artist compilations have been collected on his solo albums A Troubled Resting Place (1996) and Below Zero (1998). He also records with his group, AMOEBA, exploring atmospheric songcraft on their CDs Watchful (1997) and Pivot (2000). Live albums such as Calling Down the Sky (2004) and 3-CD Humidity (2000) document the unique improvised flow of his recent performances.

Rich's performances helped solidify an aesthetic focus on psychoacoustics, perceptible in early recordings such as Geometry and Drone Records. 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.

RICH has performed in caves, cathedrals, planetaria, art galleries and concert halls throughout Europe and North America. His all-night Sleep Concerts, first performed in 1982, became legendary in the San Francisco area. In 1996 he revived his all-night concert format, playing Sleep Concerts for live and radio audiences across the U.S. during a three month tour. In 2001 Rich released the 7 hour DVD Somnium, a studio distillation of the Sleep Concert experience, possibly the longest continuous piece of music ever released. Rich...
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Sunyata
1981
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Trances
1983
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Drones
1983
4.00 | 2 ratings
Numena
1987
4.00 | 1 ratings
Geometry
1988
4.00 | 1 ratings
Rainforest
1989
3.00 | 1 ratings
Strata (with Steve Roach)
1990
2.67 | 2 ratings
Gaudi
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soma (with Steve Roach)
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
Propagation
1994
2.00 | 1 ratings
Yearning (with Lisa Moskow)
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Night Sky Replies
1995
2.64 | 10 ratings
Stalker (with B. Lustmord)
1995
3.92 | 5 ratings
Fissures (with Alio Die)
1997
5.00 | 1 ratings
Seven Veils
1998
4.00 | 1 ratings
Bestiary
2001
4.00 | 1 ratings
Temple Of The Invisible
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Open Window
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
Echo Of Small Things
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lithosphere (with Ian Boddy)
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Electric Ladder
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Music From Atlas Dei
2007
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Illumination
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
Ylang
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Medicine Box
2011

ROBERT RICH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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LIVE
1984
4.00 | 1 ratings
Inner Landscapes
1987
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Humidity
2000
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Calling Down The Sky
2004

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1.77 | 7 ratings
Somnium
2001

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5.00 | 1 ratings
A Troubled Resting Place
1996
5.00 | 1 ratings
Below Zero
1998

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 Fissures (with Alio Die) by RICH, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.92 | 5 ratings

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Fissures (with Alio Die)
Robert Rich Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars I have recently reviewed a "duplicate entry" of this album as I had added it under the "ALIO DIE" page. Later, realisung that it was already on the site as a Robert Rich's album I have informed the admins and now I'm posting the review again.

Please consider that I knew this collaboration as an ALIO DIE album, but it's effectively a 50/50 effort and what really matters is that this is a very good album. This was my original review:

Speaking of progressive electronic I think that Stefano Musso (aka Alio Die which in Latin means "another day") deserves a particular mention.: As the Tangerine Dream of the debut he didn't start directly with the electronics as his musical research includes acoustic and ethnic instruments plus everything can make a sound, so in this collaboration with Robert Rich the second plays things like flute and dulcimer. Years ago, buying some pills against migrain, I had a "bonus CD" of meditative music by the flutist Andrea Griminelli. I'm saying this because the opening track of this album is very similar: a relaxing keyboard layout on which flute and percussion create a dreamy environment which speaks to my mind of woods, winds and nature in general.

The sudden passage to the second track brings us to Asia. The percussion have an Indian flavor but the flutes are more far eastern. Behind all, the keyboard layer is on minor chords so that the ambient is a bit darker than on the previous track. I think to a mountain landscape before a storm. The track title "A Canopy Of Shivers" demonstrates that what the artists succeded in transmitting the impression they wish to.

"Sirena"(Mermaid) starts, of course, with the sound of water and seashores. The soundscape is now very dark, similar to the spacey drones of Phrozenlight, with incomplete keyboard chords coming and going, apparently nowhere, but surely more things happen in this 9 minutes track than in a 30 minutes Phrozenlight's drone. I think that this track could be inspired from the famous episode in Homer's Odyssey when Ulysses listens to the mermaids' chant. After 4 minutes the keyboard layout becomes more consistent and the track reaches the level of the previous two. Unexpectedly there's a classical guitar which adds a floydian flavor so that the second half of this track is much more interesting. I think to Cluster One from the Division Bell or some slow atmospheric parts of "On An Island".

"Mycelia" starts with one minute of jungle noises (rain or fire?). The keyboard background is cold and a little dissonant. The percussion contribute in making it darker while the sound grows in volume. At the top of the crescendo the flute enters. It takes some time to get where the artists want, but at the end they reach the target. Meditative ambient music with a touch of darkness.

"The Divine Radiance" begins with noises which make me think to mechanical devices in a SciFi movie. A minor chord of Keys and flute accompanies them. After two minutes the keyboards are louder than the other instruments even though the initial noises are still perceivable. There's a string instrument below. Probably it's the dulcimer played by Richard Rich, but it could also be a guitar. The track which was apparently static is now developed. The atmosphere seems taken from Blade Runner, but later some strong noises and tapes are added so the final result is quite psychedelic.

Now it comes the longest (more than 18 minutes) track. Bells and drone noises in a jungle village. The bells sound like in a Buddhist temple and the contrast with the flute creates a strange atmosphere. The percussion are well inserted into this environment which grows sligthly. If I close my eyes I see a jungle in the morning and I can imagine a temple nearby, something like Angkor Wat. I'm used to let my mind travel when I listen to ambient music and enjoy when the music is able to transmit images to my mind. However the "Road to Winkuta" is in Mexico, not in Asia. I don't think it's a real place. I have read somewhere that "Winkuta" is where the peyote gatherers go. Thinking to this, the central part of the suite appears very mystic, and some sounds can also remind to the atmosphere of Ken Russel's movie "Altered States".

The closer "Tree of the Wind" is a relaxing piece with an unusual touch provided by the dulcimer which is played like an oriental instrument. The track starts in a very light way but when the dulcimer enters the keyboard chords become minor and the environment is darker. The instruments fade out in different moments and the album is gone.

If you like this kind of ambient electronic you'll surely be happy to get this album in your collection.

Dream.

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 Electric Ladder by RICH, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Electric Ladder
Robert Rich Progressive Electronic

Review by colorofmoney91
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Robert Rich is very well known in the world of ambient and is also known for being multifaceted in the genre. He's crafted very successful works of ambient drone, world music, and sometimes he even rides on the edge of IDM.

On Electric Ladder he creates primarily ambient soundscapes but are considerably energetic, highly sequenced, and also uses a little of the jungle-music type of influenced found on many of his albums like Ylang and Rainforest (possibly his most popular album), but the samples of tropical birds and tribal percussion are nowhere to be found. Instead, the amazonian twist on this album is very light and exists only in atmosphere -- the way that I personally believe it should've been in the first place -- and doesn't distract much from the misty, tropical soundscapes that have been crafted to sound so perfect. These tropical elements come mainly from the use of marimba-sounding electronic sequencers that generate both basslines and melodies in the forefront, and they don't come off as sounding cheesy because it seems that he's realized that the more authentic sounding percussion usually does sound cheesy and has instead opted for a more obvious synthesized tone.

The album opens with the title track, starting off with glitchy high-pitched noise and a swelling buzz that emanates from out of the background that sounds kind of unsettling at first before it morphs into a consuming groan that continues to evolve into a convoluted melody that sounds almost exactly like the beginning of Terry Riley's Rainbow in Curved Air. It eventually gets darker in tone as it further develops a large array of background percussive elements and short sequencer melodies to the point where it becomes hypnotizing, but never lets go of being intoxicatingly psychedelic. I explain the track because the first few minutes of it are easily the worst on the album -- if it seems like something that you might enjoy, then you should have no trouble being pleased with this whole hour that Robert Rich has crafted.

Being primarily an ambient album, many of the tracks kind of meld into each other as the album goes on, but some individual tracks, like the title track described above, do stand out above the rest. "Sky Tunnel" is the least ambient and sounds more like a keyboard solo- artist's composition based on the melodies and rhythm of tribal celebration music, sometimes being so active near the end that it sounds like a symphony of tribal wind instruments. "Aquifer" is the most ambient track on the album and is centered around wooden flute, the subtle sounds of dripping water, an void-like drone, and distant rattling that comes and goes -- it sounds like exploring a newly discovered cave in the amazon during a day of spelunking.

The entire listening experience of Electric Ladder is similar experience to the look of the album's cover. This could be the soundtrack for an entire day of walking on the grounds of a rainforest and peering up through the treetops only to vaguely see the sun shining through the canopy, heavily shaded but comfortable and harmless. Electric Ladder is a very good ambient album with that special twist that uniquely identifies it as a Robert Rich production, and it's one of his best and most modern albums yet as well as one that successfully accumulates elements from past achievements in his career.

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 Stalker (with B. Lustmord) by RICH, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.64 | 10 ratings

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Stalker (with B. Lustmord)
Robert Rich Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

4 stars Pretty much what you'd expect to hear if you materialised on a life bearing planet in the Andromeda galaxy. Large amounts of unintelligible whispering are swamped by waves of deep, dark electronic drones creating what many may find to be a scary album. Not me though.... I love this kind of stuff. Beatless, guitarless and without a snowball's chance in hell of penetrating the top 100.

Robert Rich definitely adds a bit of life to what would have been a fairly dull, regular Lustmord album. Superb late night listening which could almost leave you comatose. There's a tremendous sense of space created which prevails throughout this 68 minute album, which continually warps ever so slowly in a kaleidoscopic manner.

This is one collaboration which truly bore fruit and is quite rightly viewed as one of the best dark ambient recordings ever produced.

On a more morbid observation 'Stalker' could just as easily be viewed as the sounds Ted Bundy heard in his mind whilst creeping up on his victims. You can just imagine him peering over hedges and garden walls looking at people. Yikes!

Very quiet, and without too much tune, 'Stalker' hits all the right notes with its atmosphic darkness. Almost like a vulture hanging over your shoulder like impending doom.

It's too late for Earth, save Uranus.

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 Gaudi by RICH, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1991
2.67 | 2 ratings

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Gaudi
Robert Rich Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

2 stars Gosh, I think I'll be sticking with the far superior 'Steve Roach' from now on. Two crumby Robert Rich reviews in a row is something I never thought I'd encounter.

You know, the problem with Robert Rich and his counterpart Steve Roach is that when they add elements of percussion to their albums things just sound cheesy and pretentious.

'Gaudi' wouldn't be so bad if it had some semblance of a tune or hook, but for the first 30 minutes this is just a dreary meandering album that leads nowhere. Thankfully around the half way point things pick up with 'Harmonic Clouds' where a beautiful non percussive track with delicately echoing bells and highly sustained keyboard chords float about like fluffy white clouds in a blue sky.

What begins off as a stinker, rapidly improves during the second, mostly beatless half where the album sounds reminiscent of 'Harold Budd's' more ethereal moments. Unfortunately 'Gaudi' falls flat on its face again on the last track with some unwanted run of the mill electronic percussion.

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 Yearning (with Lisa Moskow) by RICH, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1994
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Yearning (with Lisa Moskow)
Robert Rich Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

— First review of this album —
2 stars At face value this album is pretty, but scrape through the peel and you're left with nothing but a cheesy, New Agey recording from 1994. It has its roots in Indian music's slowest part - 'Raga'. which makes sense. Don't build your hopes up folks, as this is a thoroughly unremarkable album which begins with a tune named 'Bija' which means 'Seed' in Hindu . Big Wow...

Seeing as this is a first review for this particular album, I should point out that it's drum, bass and guitar free, relying on filtered effects through which acoustic instruments are 'played'.

Slowly twanged Sarod strings are thrust through reverb but remain very dull throughout the duration of this curiously annoying album.

I'm a big Ambient fan, but this is just downright boring. The entire album is basically just plucked strings of various Eastern instruments put through filters and effects. It really just comes across as being pretentious from beginning to end.

An overwhelmingly dull and repetitious album that I have no time for at all, but then that might be because I don't particularly like Eastern music. I am, however, a big fan of Robert Rich, but this is one to forget.

An incredibly dull and uninspiring album from an artist who is capable of SO much more. Possibly the weakest of his entire catalogue and as fascinating as a wet week in Manchester.

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 Bestiary by RICH, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Bestiary
Robert Rich Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

— First review of this album —
4 stars Do you ever wonder what on earth you're looking for, wandering about aimlessly in the Prog Archives?

I do...

But look what I just found!. An excellent album from 2001 that appears to be completely out of place, until you realise that there is some Eno similarities in the same way that chalk resembles cheese.

An ambient oddity, which is 'splodgily' different from Eno played by another bald ambient egg-head who wears specs. Entirely electronic with many beautiful and creepy moments. Splurges and bloops are used to the fullest effect and they sound great through needle sharp production.

Robert Rich was apparently a big fan of the electronic 'Cubase' programme which is quite evident here. The good thing about this album is that it's instantly recognisable unlike most ambient recordings. It has a definite charachter, sound and style unlike any other I've heard.

Never boring, always interesting. Music for a hot, hot night far, far away, from where I live.

An elegant, bright, Summery and downright unusual album from Robert Rich which sounds unlike any other I've heard from his huge catalogue. Radiant, beautiful and full of very unusual sounds.

R2D2 on acid...

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 Somnium by RICH, ROBERT album cover DVD/Video, 2001
1.77 | 7 ratings

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Somnium
Robert Rich Progressive Electronic

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

1 stars How is it possible to rate this album, where you are supposed to sleep when listening it. I admit that I failed when trying to grasp this album, but maybe there isn't anything to "understand", maybe it's just big, void bubble of nothing.

I admit that I haven't listened it all, but from what I heard, I realized that this is just mistake. This albums isn't supposed to be appreciated, but rather consumed. Do you want to try these meditative, mind altering states ? Go for it. Do you want to try drugs ? I'm not interested, but feel free to your companion on your trip.

1(-), it's not interesting (it's not supposed to be), it's not Rock (again the same), it's just big soundscape of slow sounds. Too slow to be understood by humans.

Now throw me to sharks.

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 Stalker (with B. Lustmord) by RICH, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.64 | 10 ratings

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Stalker (with B. Lustmord)
Robert Rich Progressive Electronic

Review by metalisgood

5 stars To build off what Matti said, DARK, MINIMALISTIC AMBIENT. Yes, that's exactly what you are going to get here. The whole idea of this kind of music is to take out what is unnecessary and let the listener fill it in. What this has to do with rock I have no clue, but it's definitely progressive in nature. I find it interesting that both the two previous reviewers find this to be an unsatisfactory work because of all the ambient that I've heard, this album moves me the most. I will admit I'm not even an avid prog listener, since it especially is relevant to the point I'd like to make about this album probably being very poorly suited to prog fanatics. There are no instrumentals to marvel at, no visible structure at the surface, and not even what would be considered melody. It's all sounds, sounds that are meant to connect directly with the listener, and that they do. About the rating, it's one of my top 10 albums of all time and it's definitely progressive, so its obviously 5 star worthy in my eyes.

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 Stalker (with B. Lustmord) by RICH, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.64 | 10 ratings

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Stalker (with B. Lustmord)
Robert Rich Progressive Electronic

Review by thellama73
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

1 stars I write this review as a long time fan of ambient music. From Brian Eno to The Hafler Trio to Tangerine Dream to the full on drones of Alvin Lucier and Aube, I love the stuff. That's why I was so surprised when Stalker failed to move me at all. I like the other works of Lusstmord that I have heard, but I am unfamiliar with Robert Rich apart from this album, so needless to say, I was puzzled. I listened to it again, at a louder volume, but there was still nothing there. Since then I have tried listening to Stalker in every setting and volume imaginable, but it simply fails to reward.

I think for ambient music to work, it has to leave some room for the listener to insert his own thoughts into the music. It has to stimulate the imagination, providing just enough material to get you going and then backing off. Stalker, on the other hand, is oppressive and pessimistic. It doesn't open the doors to your subconscious, it closes them. After countless listens I still can find nothing in this music to reward my patience.

So with reluctance, I have to advise even avid fans of minimalism and dark ambient to steer clear of this one. Pick up Zeit by Tangerine Dream instead.

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 Stalker (with B. Lustmord) by RICH, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.64 | 10 ratings

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Stalker (with B. Lustmord)
Robert Rich Progressive Electronic

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

2 stars This is very hard one for me to review. It's a very dark and low-key ambient work inspired by the Tarkovsky film, and that's the easiest thing to say. But what it gives to a listener, that's the problem. A quote: "A guide to possible interpretations of an ambivalent reality, a non-Euclidean geometry, as yet unmapped, inaccessible through linear perceptions. To illuminate, decode and decipher this landscape of fractured density, ultimately to deconstruct these unfolding dimensions, where dreams are only whispers."

I have seen and enjoyed the film, and I could simply state that Rich & Lustmord have captured the strangeness of the 'forbidden zone' (and that alone). But that would sound as if I found this music interesting and rewarding to listen. No, it mostly just made me tired and frustrated. It's so minimalistic and eerie in the same way from start to end that it asks TOO much patience. Maybe it would work better as background soundtrack for a horror story.. no, the atmospheres would not fit together anyway. There's just the hollow, estranged sound wallpaper that keeps continuing, with wailing and extremely slow layers of synths and distant-like throbbing or dropping sounds. It evokes images of sinister unknown place; abandoned, post-disaster, unsafe, vast, metallic, threatening... But the whole 68 minutes of it is too much time to waste. The film, very slow and demanding itself too, at least offers a "whole" art experience, whereas listening to this CD just leaves you wandering in the scene all alone and blinded.

The key words, again: DARK, MINIMALISTIC AMBIENT. If you want that and nothing but that, this is your music! Others, just ignore.

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