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Rich Returns with a Winner

Dramatic, focused and coldly beautiful, this is one of the best dark ambient CDs of 2007. Rich has a knack for aurally describing the awesome nature of physical existence, and these pieces thoroughly execute the concept. Highly recommended.

More incredible work by Robert Rich

Illumination is a an baffling album; both in its brilliance and chilling starkness. Rich uses cold, minimal and focused textures to convey a sense of exploration of the land of pure thought. He accomplishes this because Rich is an absolute master of *silence* and how to use it. Especially in this work, Rich deftly uses sounds, wispers, bells and drones just above the level of silence to create a feeling of deep mystery and search for...something. This makes perfect sense considering the album's obvious theme, and Rich's ability to convey such a rarified intellectual theme is probably the best in music. Listen to it at night and after reading some philosophy for best effect :)


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...
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