|Profile: Robert Rich|
|Robert Rich's music creates a world of primordial mystery and intense beauty. Electronics merge seamlessly with primitive instruments in lush atmospheres. Above it all float melodies played on bamboo flute and steel guitar. With the fabric of this hypnotic journey, Rich weaves a connection between human cultures both past and present, near and far.|
|A California native, Rich began experimenting with electronics at a young age. By the early 1980s he was recording and performing his own sustained sound environments and improvised music. His now legendary all-night "Sleep Concerts" typify Rich's aesthetic focus on psychoacoustics and the fringes of perception.|
|Rich's more mature work, such as Rainforest, Propagation, Gaudi and Seven Veils, has sought to combine his interest in psycho- active soundscapes with more recognizable electro- acoustic elements. Blending influences from Africa, Indonesia and India with electronics, ancient tunings and the cyclic melodies of minimalism, Rich has defined a new style of electronic trance music.|
Steve Roach and Robert Rich circa 1989
|His impressive discography of over 20 titles includes numerous collaborations. This work has gained him significant recognition, particularly from the critically acclaimed and best-selling albums with tribal/ambient pioneer Steve Roach: Strata and Soma. Among Rich's latest solo releases is the 3CD set Humidity (Hypnos), a compilation of concert recordings, Somnium (Hypnos/Release) a seven hour DVD format virtual "Sleep Concert" and Bestiary (Release), Rich's border blurring foray into modular synthesis.|
Rich's interests have grown to include just intonation (a tuning system based on the harmonic series), world music and minimalism. Throughout his career, Rich has performed in a variety of unorthodox venues, including caves, dormitories, planetaria, cathedrals and art galleries, in addition to concert halls in Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Rich first performed in Philadelphia in late '96. His STAR'S END Sleep Concert and subsequent live performance at The Gatherings Concert Series were among the most well received on that year's tour of North America. An excerpt of Robert's STAR'S END Sleep concert appears on the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD.
Robert Rich returned to Philadelphia to perform live with Ian Boddy on 16 June 2007 at The STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Spacemusic Festival presented by Member Supported WXPN FM in Philadelphia. This event saw the worldwide debut of Robert Rich + Ian Boddy in concert. Also appearing was Jeff Pearce, The Ministry of Inside Things and Orbital Decay. For Photos and Reviews please access the Festival Announcement
Following the festival, Robert Rich + Ian Boddy took part in an Artist Discussion Workshop on 17 June 2007 presented by The Gatherings Concert Series. Details at: http://www.thegatherings.org
To mark 30 years of continuous broadcast of STAR'S END, WXPN is releasing the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD. This double CD contains over 120 minutes of live music from 12 renowned artists. The unique performances were culled from on-air in-studio radio concerts by some of our community's greatest talents. Included on the disc are previously unreleased live selections donated by: The Ministry of Inside Things, Orbital Decay, Ian Boddy, AirSculpture, Radio Massacre International, Robert Rich, Rudy Adrian, Jonn Serrie, Jeff Pearce, Saul Stokes and Steve Roach.
|Interviewed on the 10 February 2002 broadcast of STAR'S END, Robert Rich reflected on the inspiration behind his 2001 album Bestiary (Release), a linear sonic excursion through peculiar rhythms, odd harmonies and earthen melodies. Listen to the 6 minute interview excerpt by clicking the link below: