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1989's Rainforest combines Robert Rich's fine compositional ability and just-intonation approach and a spectrum of ethnic influences into a musical evocation of the rain forest. Synthesizers, African thumb pianos, marimbas, gamelans and bamboo flute join in polyrhythmic, textural pieces like "Mbira" and "Drumsong." Rich's compositional skill gives "The Forest Dreams of Bach" transcultural appeal, mixing counterpoint and a Bach-like progression with a gamelan processional rhythm. Part of the proceeds from Rainforest support the Rainforest Action Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the world's rain forests.


Born: California

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

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. His association with older 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...
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