Robert Rich

Also known as R. Rich, Rich

Profile of the performer Robert Rich: 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 [a=Steve Roach], [a=Kevin Braheny], and [a=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 [r=243173] and [r=171841]. 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 [a=SPK] and [a=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 [a=Lustmord]. In addition to his more ambient-leaning works, Rich also plays in the experimental pop band [a=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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# Release cover Release title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official album release Production label
1 Robert Rich - Stalker Stalker 7 mp3, CD 1995 Fathom
2 Robert Rich - Propagation Propagation 7 mp3, CD 1994 Hearts Of Space
3 Robert Rich - Gaudí Gaudí 9 mp3, CD 1991-00-00 Hearts Of Space
4 Robert Rich - Night Sky Replies Night Sky Replies 4 mp3, CD 1994 Amplexus
5 Robert Rich - Narratives: Music For Fiction Narratives: Music For Fiction 7 mp3, CD 1996 Manifold Records
6 Outpost 10 mp3, CD 2002-03-00 DiN (2)
7 Soma 8 mp3, CD 1992 Hearts Of Space
8 Strata 10 mp3, CD Hearts Of Space
9 Robert Rich - Trances / Drones Trances / Drones 8 mp3, CD 1994
10 Sunyata 2 mp3, CD 2000 Hypnos
11 Robert Rich - Inner Landscapes Inner Landscapes 8 mp3, CD 1999
12 Robert Rich - Below Zero Below Zero 6 mp3, CD 1998 Side Effects
13 Robert Rich - Bestiary Bestiary 8 mp3, CD 2001-09-00 Release Entertainment
14 Robert Rich - Rainforest Rainforest 11 mp3, CD 1989 Hearts Of Space
15 Robert Rich - Geometry Geometry 8 mp3, CD 1991 Spalax Music
16 Numena + Geometry 14 mp3, CD 1997 Fathom
17 Fissures 7 mp3, CD 1997 Fathom
18 Yearning 6 mp3, CD 1995 Fathom
19 Robert Rich - A Troubled Resting Place A Troubled Resting Place 10 mp3, CD 1996 Fathom
20 Robert Rich - Geometry Geometry 8 mp3, CD 1994 Linden Music
21 Robert Rich - Numena Numena 4 mp3, CD 1993 Linden Music
22 Trances / Drones 8 mp3, CD 2000-06-00 Release Entertainment
23 Robert Rich - Seven Veils Seven Veils 11 mp3, CD 1998 Hearts Of Space
24 Robert Rich - Humidity - Three Concerts Humidity - Three Concerts 22 mp3, CD 2000-02-00
25 Robert Rich - Temple Of The Invisible Temple Of The Invisible 8 mp3, CD 2003 Soundscape
26 Robert Rich - Numena Numena 4 mp3, CD 1986 Multimood
27 Robert Rich - Numena Numena 6 mp3, CD 1988 Badland Records
28 Robert Rich - Echo Of Small Things Echo Of Small Things 9 mp3, CD 2005-05-00 Soundscape
29 Robert Rich - Calling Down The Sky Calling Down The Sky 8 mp3, CD 2004 Soundscape
30 Robert Rich - Open Window Open Window 8 mp3, CD 2004-06-00 Soundscape
31 Robert Rich - Lithosphere Lithosphere 10 mp3, CD 2005-10-00 DiN (2)
32 Robert Rich - Electric Ladder Electric Ladder 7 mp3, CD 2006-03-00 Soundscape
33 Robert Rich - Echo Of Small Things Echo Of Small Things 9 mp3, CD 2005-05-00 Soundscape
34 Robert Rich - React React 11 mp3, CD 2008-03-00 DiN (2)
35 Robert Rich - Zerkalo Zerkalo 6 mp3, CD 2008-09-08 Faria Records
36 Robert Rich - Stalker Stalker 7 mp3, CD 2000 ArsNova
37 Robert Rich - Propagation Propagation 7 mp3, CD 2002 Landy Star Music
38 Robert Rich - Seven Veils Seven Veils 10 mp3, CD ArsNova
39 Robert Rich - Live Archive Volume 1 - Ici Et Maintenant: Live In Paris, May 12 1989 Live Archive Volume 1 - Ici Et Maintenant: Live In Paris, May 12 1989 21 mp3, CD 2009 Soundscape
40 Live Archive Volume 7 - Mycosphere: Live On KFJC, May 31 2008 8 mp3, CD 2009 Soundscape
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