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For many the name Richard Burmer is synonymous with modern-day genius. Like M.C. Escher, J.R.R. Tolkien, and John Lennon, Burmer has gone beyond the realm of merely creating art, by traveling into and manifesting the realms of the otherworldly and fantastic. His three previous releases have provided musical spaces of in-depth exploration and inspired listening. 1987's "Bhakti Point," his second effort, is a modern-day classic, while "On the Third Extreme," recorded in 1988, set off in search of new sonic terrain. Four years in the making, he has traveled even farther this time to bring his superb new album Invention. On the itinerary are explorations like "Curiodance," "Easter Eve," "Walking Summer to Sleep" and "Settle Near the Sunset," which animate the landscape of majestic beauty and whimsical wondering. On "King-Fisher's Day," "Promise of Return," "Landing" and "Inventor," Burmer crashes boundaries of musical convention and propels one into the world of high drama and rhythmic, emotional intensity. Incorporating state-of-the-art synthesizers like the Emulator and Proteus with added percussion and guest guitarist Jon Claussen, Richard creates a sweeping orchestral sound which is hard to believe...and well worth the wait.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Burmer is a gifted melodist and a meticulous electronic craftsman. His style grew out of a love for East Indian and European folk music, as well as an interest in the progressive rock of the '70s à la Moody Blues and Pink Floyd. Adept in sophisticated studio techniques, Burmer honed his craft in the Southern California electronic...
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