Robert Rich

Profile: 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 Steve Roach, Kevin Braheny, and 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 Geometry and Trances / Drones. 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 SPK and 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 Lustmord. In addition to his more ambient-leaning works, Rich also plays in the experimental pop band Amoeba. He is also a scholar of Just Intonation, writing regularly on the topic and co-authoring the software program JICalc.

Sites:, MySpace

Labels: Soundscape, Psychout Productions, Multimood, Auricle, Hearts Of Space, Spalax Music, Fathom, Hypnos, Release Entertainment, Space For Music, Unsung Records, Faria Records, Amplexus, Extreme, Fathom, Manifold Records, Side Effects


Sunyata ◄ (2 versions) Soundscape 1981
Drones (Cass) Soundscape 1983
Trances (Cass) Soundscape 1983
Live ◄ (2 versions) Psychout Productions 1984
Numena ◄ (3 versions) Multimood 1986
Inner Landscapes ◄ (2 versions) Auricle 1988
Rainforest (CD, Album) Hearts Of Space 1989
Robert Rich / Steve Roach - Strata (CD, Album) Hearts Of Space 1990
Geometry ◄ (3 versions) Spalax Music 1991
Gaudí (CD, Album) Hearts Of Space 1991
Robert Rich & Steve Roach - Soma (CD, Album) Hearts Of Space 1992
Propagation ◄ (2 versions) Hearts Of Space 1994
Robert Rich & B. Lustmord* - Stalker Fathom 1995
Robert Rich & Lisa Moskow - Yearning Fathom 1995
Robert Rich | Alio Die - Fissures (CD, Album) Fathom 1997
Seven Veils Hearts Of Space 1998
Humidity - Three Concerts (3xCD) Hypnos 2000
Bestiary (CD, Album) Release Entertainment 2001
Temple Of The Invisible (CD, Album) Soundscape 2003
Shamballa (Live, May 20, 2000) ◄ (2 versions) Space For Music 2004
Open Window (CD) Soundscape 2004
Calling Down The Sky (CD) Soundscape 2004
Echo Of Small Things ◄ (2 versions) Soundscape 2005
Electric Ladder (CD, Album) Soundscape 2006
Robert Rich And Markus Reuter - Eleven Questions (CD, Album) Unsung Records 2007
Michael Somoroff's Illumination (CD, Album) Soundscape 2007
Music From Atlas Dei (CD, Album) Soundscape 2007
Robert Rich & Faryus - Zerkalo (CD, Album, Ltd) Faria Records 2008
Live Archive Volume 5 - Live At Cowell Theater, San Francisco, May 12 2002 ◄ (3 versions) Soundscape 2009
Live Archive Volume 6 - Lumin: Live At Camerawork, March 6 2008 ◄ (3 versions) Soundscape 2009
Live Archive Volume 4 - Alien Zoology: Live At Morrison Planetarium, San Francisco, December 9 2001 ◄ (3 versions) Soundscape 2009
Live Archive Volume 2 - Due Acque: Live In Umbria Italy, April 1 2000 ◄ (3 versions) Soundscape 2009
Live Archive Volume 7 - Mycosphere: Live On KFJC, May 31 2008 (CD) Soundscape 2009
Live Archive Volume 1 - Ici Et Maintenant: Live In Paris, May 12 1989 (2xCD) Soundscape 2009
Ylang (CD, Album) Soundscape 2010
Medicine Box (CD, Album) Soundscape 2011

Singles & EPs

Night Sky Replies (CD, Mini, Ltd) Amplexus 1994


Trances / Drones ◄ (2 versions) Extreme, Extreme 1994
A Troubled Resting Place (CD, Comp) Fathom 1996
Paul Schütze / Voice Of Eye / Robert Rich - Narratives: Music For Fiction (CD, Comp) Manifold Records 1996
Numena + Geometry (2xCD, Comp) Fathom 1997
Below Zero (CD, Comp) Side Effects 1998


Somnium (DVD-V) Hypnos 2001
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