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Robert Rich


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San Francisco, California, United States (1976 – present)

Robert Rich (born August, 23, 1963) is an musician and composer based in San Francisco, California, United States.

Across three decades and over 30 albums, Robert Rich has helped define the genres of ambient music, , and , yet his music remains hard to categorize. Part of his unique sound comes from using home-made acoustic and electronic instruments, microtonal harmonies, 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 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).


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