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Numena + Geometry

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Album Review

This Fathom reissue of two early Robert Rich releases makes a handy companion to the composer's more fully formed recent work (particularly the dark ambient albums A Troubled Resting Place and Stalker). Although the albums are very different from one another, their respective foci — Numena's psycho-acoustical organicism, Geometry's sense of melodic symmetry and balance — combine as the two guiding principles of most of Rich's composing throughout his career. As a whole, Geometry has aged the least gracefully of the two, inflected as it is with a by now new age-y melodicism that detracts from the less specific grouping of the album's lush textural support. Numena, however, sounds as focused and exploratory as it did when it was recorded; remarkable, since over a decade has passed.


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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