Jul 14, 2020

RhoDeo 2028 Re Up 247


Here at Rho-xs visitor numbers have been stable but i did notice a big rise in re-up requests which points to my visitors spending more time at Rho-Xs (glad to be at service). Alas over the years i've lost access to a number of disks, specially the loss of my Aetix and Roots collection hinders my capability to re-up. Obviously the torrent world offers a solution, but this scene is dynamic and suffers the same fate as my posts , the hosts delete the file when demand has dropped, in the torrent world this even worse. Unfortunately this means whilst bigger names get revived the more obscure tend to completely disappear, a fate that is suffered by roots artists as an example Salif Keita a relative big name is nowhere to be found in flac these days (just one album) when a few years ago there were many titles to be had. Same goes for many a reggae artist and even in Aetix the choice of what is on offer is diminishing day by day. I'm doing my best to fulfill requests but it's difficult and in the future i will request you my visitor to give back the odd title that you downloaded via Rho-xs and repost it here.

10 correct requests for this week ,  2 too early,  2 double, no confused=people requesting at the wrong place, whatever another batch of 45 re-ups (13.2 gig)

These days i'm making an effort to re-up, it will satisfy a smaller number of people which means its likely the update will  expire relatively quickly again as its interest that keeps it live. Nevertheless here's your chance ... asks for re-up in the comments section at the page where the expired link resides, or it will be discarded by me. ....requests are satisfied on a first come first go basis. ...updates will be posted here remember to request from the page where the link died! To keep re-ups interesting to my regular visitors i will only re-up files that are at least 12 months old (the older the better as far as i am concerned), and please check the previous update request if it's less then a year old i won't re-up either.

Looka here , requests fulfilled up to July 9th... N'Joy

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9x Roots Back in Flac (Kanda Bongo Man - Kwassa Kwassa, Konono No. 1 - Congotronics, VA - Out Of Africa, Franco et le T.P.O.K. Jazz featuring Pepe Ndombe - Anjela, Bibi Den's Tshibayi And The Best - Sensible, Dark City Sisters And Flyin' Jazz Queens, VA - Under African Skies still in ogg VA - New Africa, VA - Witchcraft and Ritual (Kenya and Tanzania))

5x Roots Back in Flac (King Sunny Ade & His African Beats - Synchro System, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats - Aura, Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 - Live!, Kofi Ayivor - Rhythmology still in ogg Chief Ebenezer Obey - Miliki Plus.)

4x Roots  Back in Flac (Jorge Ben - Jorge Ben, Jorge Ben - Negro E Lindo, Jorge Ben - Forca Bruta , Jorge Ben - Ben)

4x Roots  Back in Flac  (Irakere - Chekere, Irakere - Live At Newport And Montreux, Irakere - Chekere-Son, Irakere - Irakere )

4x Sundaze Back in Flac (W Buhlman-Exploring Past Lives #3-5, H Wolff & N Hennings – Tibetan Bells II , Steve Roach - Recent Future, Steve Roach - Piece Of Infinity )

3x Grooves  Back In Flac  (Parliament - Trombipulation, Parliament - The 12" Collection  ,  Who's A Funkadelic )

4x Aetix Back In Flac (   Opposition - Promises  , Opposition - Empire Days 
 SO - Horseshoe in the Glove   Opposition - Blue Alice Blue)

5xAetix Back in Flac (Rupert Hine - Immunity, Rupert Hine - Waving not Drowning, Rupert Hine - The Wildest Wish To Fly, Howard Jones - Human's Lib, Howard Jones ‎- Dream Into Action)

4x Sundaze Back in Flac (Can - Monster Movie, Can - Soundtracks,  Can - Tago Mago , Can - Tago Mago Live Bonus)

4x Aetix Back in Flac (Gilles Peterson - Desert Island Mix, Gilles Peterson Worldwide Exclusives, Gilles Peterson BBC Sessions, Vol. 1 1, Gilles Peterson BBC Sessions, Vol. 1 2)

As announced please return if you have it

Habib Koité and Bamada - Maya (flac 375mb)
Habib Koite and Bamada - Foly! Live Around the World 1 (flac 484mb)
Habib Koite and Bamada - Foly! Live Around the World 2 (flac 522mb)
U.K. Subs - Another Kind Of Blues
U.K. Subs - A.W.O.L
U.K. Subs - The Singles 1978-1982

you can do this by uploading at https://bayfiles.com/   no need to fill in anything there, just copy the result as a comment at Rho-Xs

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Jul 13, 2020

RhoDeo 2028 America Before 7


The internet has caused cracks to appear in the image those cowed archaeologists had upheld the century before and Graham Hancock but the boot in in his eloquent way in America Before - The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization the audiobook i will post the coming weeks read by the man himself. But wait there's more Robert A. Monroe takes you on a guided trip the coming months to developing, exploring and applying expanded states of awareness. I'd  say a great way to spend the freetime corona delivers. And in the meantime i will keep trying to convice you that current astrophysics is producing nothing but pretty computer graphics and fantastical nonsense on par with Disney sci-fi and needless to say starving the Electric Universe people of funds to be able to blow all that nonsense, that has been produced this last century by established astrophysics, out of the water. These people don't care about truth only their next paycheck , lets face it most established sciences are dead or codified like the medieval Catholic Church. The only 'moving' sciences are computer and bio-genetic but then these are young sciences. This stranglehold of the past ignorance must be broken.The Electric Universe Theory is an excellent candidate to break the deadlock.

Hancock's thesis is based on the previously widely criticized Younger Dryas impact hypothesis, which proposes that the Younger Dryas climate event was caused by one or more large comets striking the Earth around 10,800 BC. Hancock argues that this caused widespread destruction, with a short-term return to Ice Age conditions followed by massive flooding that altered the continental landscape. Specifically, he claims that coastal civilizations in and around the Atlantic Ocean, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean were destroyed by rising sea levels. He argues that this was the origin of various flood myths around the world, and that "what we think of as human history is merely the record of human events that have transpired since the last, great planetary catastrophe.

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What is Gateway Experience®

Mind Awakening program to help you achieve expanded awareness, and much more.

The Gateway Experience® In-Home Training Series is dedicated to developing, exploring and applying expanded states of awareness. Beginning with Discovery, there are seven "albums” called "Waves of Change.” Each Wave (3 CDs, 6 tracks) contains special Hemi-Sync® exercises designed to gently lead the listener into profound states of expanded awareness. While in such states, one has available a broader range of perceptions with which to solve problems, develop creativity or obtain guidance.

Each album is progressive in nature, building on the tools and techniques from the previous albums. Therefore, the albums must be used sequentially. The Gateway Experience Guidance Manuals, included with each Wave, prepare you for these exercises which help you to know and better understand your total self so you might enjoy a more fulfilling life.

What can you expect from the Gateway Experience?
"As much or as little as you put into it. Some discover themselves and thus live more completely, more constructively. Others reach levels of awareness so profound that one such experience is enough for a lifetime. Still others become seekers-after-truth and add an on-going adventure to their daily activity."
-- Robert A. Monroe

Gateway Experience® Wave V – Exploring

(A Journey to Focus 15)

From the now familiar state of Focus 12, you will be introduced to Focus 15 – the “no time” state – the state of simply being. Here, far beyond your five physical senses, you can connect with the source of your intuition. Voiced by A.J. Honeycutt. Includes Guidance Manual and the following six exercises:

Advanced Focus 12 – strengthen and reinforce your familiarity with this valuable state
Discovering Intuition – use Focus 12 as a natural foundation for enhancing your intuitive abilities
Exploring Intuition – further exploration of your intuitive abilities
Intro to Focus 15 – be guided into Focus 15, the state of “no time,” where time does not exist for you
Mission 15 Creation and Manifestation – explore Focus 15 as a powerful state of creation and manifestation
Exploring Focus 15 – a free flow opportunity for further exploration of this extraordinary state

The Gateway Experience - Wave V - Exploring Focus 15 3,4       ( 70min flac   230mb).:

CD1 - 1 - Advanced Focus 12 35:02
CD1 - 2 - Discovering Intuition 35:00

The Gateway Experience - Wave V - Exploring Focus 15 (PDF)

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Over twenty years ago, astronomers "discovered" that they think the Universe is expanding.

Observations of distant galaxies appear to indicate that the Universe is expanding faster today than it did in the past. Since that information does not fit into conventional Big Bang theories, the existence of a negative pressure on gravitational fields was proposed. “Negative gravity” was an uncomfortable concept, however, so the force was later called, “dark energy”. Like “dark matter” it cannot be detected with any instrument.

Rather than accepting that “anomalies” in their observations exist because the Big Bang theory is faulty, astronomers resort to increasingly arcane ideas involving extra dimensions, such as string theory, or that space is getting bigger.

Previous Pictures of the Day commented on the discovery of “cosmic voids” based on the detection of “lower temperature” regions in space. As the redshift-equals-distance theory indicates, the voids extend for millions of light-years. It is these “supervoids,” in conjunction with multiple galactic superclusters, that lead astrophysicists to believe they have a confirmation for dark energy.

“The Boötes void, which you will assuredly not see if you look at Boötes, the ‘ploughman’ constellation adjacent to the Big Dipper, is a rough sphere about 280 million light years in diameter…When we first saw the void, we found only one galaxy inside. Since then, we’ve detected only a few dozen more. By contrast, the Virgo Supercluster, a smaller region that includes the Milky Way, contains over 2000 galaxies.”

Regions of greater density in the Universe are said to increase the gravitational energy imparted to microwave emissions from deep space. Conversely, lower density regions (voids) are thought to weaken the signals, because there is reduced mass. Looking at microwave signals from telescopes like the Very Large Array, there appears to be wide expanses where microwave radiation possesses a larger energy curve than it should exhibit. The problems associated with the Cosmic Microwave Background are not the topic of this paper. Suffice to say, what was thought to be radiation from deep space is really radiation from Earth’s oceans.

One astronomer noted that:

“The Universe is made mostly of dark matter and dark energy and we don’t know what either of them is.” In other words, two of the most active phenomena in astrophysics are false premises. Plasma physicists, on the other hand, observe that plasma makes up 99.99% of the Universe. It is a fascinating convergence that the volume of gravitational mass invented to save Big Bang cosmology is the same as the mass of plasma that is overlooked. In an Electric Universe, electricity drives galaxies and their associated stars. Laboratory experiments confirm that Birkeland current filaments form structures that resemble spiral galaxies. Birkeland currents have a longer-range attractive force than gravity by several orders of magnitude, diminishing with the square root of the distance from the current axis – which could account for the anomalous movement of stars as they revolve around the galactic core, as well as the anomalous acceleration of galaxies in deep space.

Instead of accepting that “anomalies” exist because the Big Bang theory is faulty, astronomers resort to the absurd idea that space can be pulled, twisted, or stretched.

As physicist and Electric Universe advocate Wal Thornhill wrote: “It’s not that most of the matter and energy in the universe is dark, but that most cosmologists are totally in the dark about the real nature of the Universe.”

Stephen Smith


Cepheid variables are stars whose rates of pulsation vary with their luminosities: the brighter the star the longer it takes to complete a cycle of variability. It’s called the period–luminosity relationship.

When Cepheids are used as indicators for the distances to nearby galaxies, a necessary assumption is that mass is invariant throughout the universe. But if mass varies with charge, each galaxy—and therefore each star in it—could have a different charge distribution with respect to the intergalactic plasma. Each galaxy could have an idiosyncratic period-luminosity relationship for Cepheids, rendering them unusable for determining distances to other galaxies.

In this episode, Thunderbolts contributor Mel Acheson explains how recent discoveries, which appear to affirm the standard theory of stellar pulsation, have also falsified the standard theory of stellar evolution.

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Was an advanced civilization lost to history in the global cataclysm that ended the last Ice Age? Graham Hancock, has made it his life’s work to find out — and in America Before he draws on the latest archaeological and DNA evidence to bring his quest to a stunning conclusion.

Hancock’s research takes us on a series of journeys and encounters with the scientific rebels responsible for the recent extraordinary breakthroughs. In the process, from the Mississippi Valley to the Amazon rainforest, he reveals that ancient ‘New World’ cultures share a legacy of advanced scientific knowledge and sophisticated spiritual beliefs with supposedly unconnected ‘Old World’ cultures.

Have archaeologists focussed for too long only on the ‘Old World’ in their search for the origins of civilization while failing to consider the revolutionary possibility that those origins might in fact be found in the ‘New World’?

America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilisation is the culmination of everything that millions of readers have loved in Hancock’s body of work over the past decades, namely a mind-dilating exploration of the mysteries of the past, amazing archaeological discoveries and profound implications for how we lead our lives today.

A few of the revelations from the book:

    We were taught in school that the Americas were the last of the great landmasses of the Earth to be inhabited by humans – who were thought to have arrived exclusively on foot from northeast Asia around 13,000 years ago by crossing the Bering Straits which formed a land-bridge to Alaska during the lowered sea-levels of the Ice Age. By contrast, anatomically modern humans, originating in Africa, are believed to have reached Europe, Asia, and even Australia, as far back as 60,000 years ago.

    Since the recent publication in Nature of landmark research in southern California scientists have begun to realise that something of immense importance is missing from this long-established picture. Though the general public have not been kept well informed, it now appears that the Americas were first peopled at least 130,000 years ago – many tens of thousands of years before human settlements became established elsewhere. Yet because of the dominance of the former – and now entirely discredited – theory of the late peopling of the Americas, and of mental blocks associated with that theory, archaeologists continue to focus only on the ‘Old World’ in their search for the origins of civilization and have not considered the revolutionary possibility that those origins might in fact be found in the ‘New World’.

    Certain tribes of the Amazon rainforest are closely related to Australian Aborigines and to Melanesians from Papua New Guinea. This extraordinary, unexpected and extremely ancient DNA signal is only present in South America and is completely absent in North America and Mesoamerica. It bears witness to something that archaeologists hitherto believed to be impossible – that the technology and skills needed to cross the Pacific Ocean, and successfully resettle a reproductively-viable population, existed more than 13,000 years ago.

    Such secrets of human prehistory, now revealed by cutting-edge science, call for a complete rethink of our understanding of our own remote past and hint at the existence of a lost civilization of the Ice Age.

    Astonishing similarities exist between the spiritual beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, as manifested in their Books of the Dead, and the spiritual beliefs of the mound-builder cultures of the Mississippi Valley – as manifested, for example, at Moundville in Alabama, Cahokia in Illinois and Watson Brake in Louisiana. Hitherto written off as ‘coincidental’ by archaeologists, the new investigation presented in America Before confirms that the parallels are very real. The deep and explicit details, imagery and beliefs, shared by these two supposedly unconnected religious systems can no longer be dismissed as coincidence. Nor are they the result of direct ‘diffusion’ of culture from ancient Egypt to ancient North America, or vice versa. Challenging our entire understanding of prehistory, what the evidence points to instead is a shared legacy of sophisticated ideas concerning the mystery of life and death inherited more than 13,000 years ago, in both the ‘Old’ World and the ‘New’, from an advanced predecessor civilization as yet unidentified by archaeologists.

    South America’s Amazon rainforest has long been regarded as pristine jungle, unpeopled until less than a thousand years ago and thereafter inhabited only by ‘primitive’ tribes of hunter gatherers.

    America Before, comprehensively refutes this picture with a thorough investigation of the latest scientific evidence.

    Far from an untouched wilderness, the book reveals the Amazon to be a vast ‘garden’, very precisely shaped and moulded by humans for more than 13,000 years. It’s early inhabitants possessed advanced scientific knowledge concerning the molecular properties of plants – evident in concoctions such as the visionary brew ayahuasca and the nerve poison curare. Those first peoples of the Amazon were also the creators of a ‘miracle earth’ – terra preta –still capable of rejuvenating much younger infertile soils when it is added to them today.

    Thanks to scanning technologies such as LIDAR, and because of the tragic ongoing clearances of old-growth rainforest to make way for cattle ranches, we now know that great cities once existed in the Amazon, their populations supported by the immense agricultural productivity of terra preta.

    We know, too, that in ancient times there were people here who possessed and deployed sophisticated geometrical and astronomical skills to create immense earthworks, many with footprints larger than that of the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

    America Before reveals the true extent and significance of these vast, newly-discovered Amazonian ‘geoglyphs’, their stunning resemblance to the equally grand and mysterious earthworks of Ohio, such as Serpent Mound, and the Newark and High Bank works, and connections to other geometrical and astronomical monuments as far afield as Stonehenge in England and Angkor in Cambodia.

    Again, what the evidence points to is a shared legacy of knowledge inherited from a much earlier civilization that has been lost to history.

    For some decades it has been generally accepted that a global cataclysm occurred around 12,800 years ago at the onset of a mysterious period of earth changes and climate instability known to geologists as the Younger Dryas. Since 2007 a group of more than 60 scientists, publishing in leading peer-reviewed journals, have presented evidence linking the cataclysm to a disintegrating comet that crossed the orbit of the earth 12,800 years ago and bombarded our planet with a ‘swarm’ of fragments, some more than a kilometre in diameter.

    Though compelling, with new corroborative studies published every year, the comet hypothesis remains controversial and a number scientists favour other explanations. What all are agreed on, however, is that a global cataclysm did indeed occur.

    America Before reveals that the epicentre of the cataclysm lay in North America, then still in the grip of the Ice Age with much of the northern half of the continent covered in ice a mile deep. An immense flood was unleashed as large sectors of the ice cap suddenly melted. From the Channelled Scablands of the state of Washington, via the gigantic pot-holes lining the Saint Croix River in Minnesota, to the Finger Lakes of upstate New York, a huge swathe of North America was swept clean by this deluge. At the same time global sea-level rose, the Gulf Stream was stopped in its tracks and the world was plunged into a deep-freeze that lasted 1,200 years.

    It was the end of the former age of the earth, the Pleistocene, and the beginning of our own epoch, the Holocene. In the transition, America Before reveals that an advanced civilization, hitherto the stuff of myth and legend, was lost to history.


Graham Hancock - America Before - The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization 28-30 ( 118min  52mb)

narrated by the man himself, Graham Hancock

28. Chapter 27 - Cape Fear  39:35
29. Chapter 28 - Hunter-Gatherers and the Lost Civilization 26:14
30. Chapter 29 - Unknown Unknowns 51:35

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Graham Hancock - America Before - The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization 1-5 ( 113min  52mb)
Graham Hancock - America Before - The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization 6-10 ( 137min  61mb)
Graham Hancock - America Before - The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization 11-15 ( 124min  57mb)
Graham Hancock - America Before - The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization 16-20 ( 145min  67mb)
Graham Hancock - America Before - The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization 21-24 ( 158min  70mb)
Graham Hancock - America Before - The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization 25-27 ( 133min  61mb)

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Jul 12, 2020

Sundaze 2028


Today's artist is a man that appeared here earlier (7 years ago) but there is plenty left to ponder on. In the years that followed our man  developed a complex range of sounds founded upon the seamless integration of electronic, electric, and acoustic instrumentation, and the exploration of complex tunings. He's made dozens of albums these past 30 years even if this is my 7th posting on him there's plenty left to come back to ..... N'Joy

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Across four decades and over 50 albums, Robert Rich has helped define the genres of ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal and trance, yet his music remains hard to categorize. Part of his unique sound comes from using home-made acoustic and electronic instruments, microtonal harmonies, computer-based signal processing, chaotic systems and feedback networks. Rich began building his own analog synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13 years old, and later studied for a year at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

Rich released his first album Sunyata in 1982. Most of his subsequent recordings came out in Europe until 1989, when Rich began a string of critically acclaimed releases for Fathom/Hearts of Space, including Rainforest (1989), Gaudí (1991), Propagation (1994) and Seven Veils (1998). His two collaborations with Steve Roach, Strata (1990) and Soma (1992), both charted for several months in Billboard. Other respected collaborations include Stalker (1995 with B. Lustmord), Fissures (1997 with Alio Die) and Outpost (2002 with Ian Boddy.) Rich’s contributions to multi-artist compilations have been collected on his solo albums A Troubled Resting Place (1996) and Below Zero (1998). His group, Amoeba, explored atmospheric songcraft on their CDs Watchful (1997) and Pivot (2000). Live albums such as Calling Down the Sky (2004) and 3-CD Humidity (2000) document the unique improvised flow of his performances.

Rich has performed in caves, cathedrals, planetaria, art galleries and concert halls throughout Europe and North America. His all-night Sleep Concerts, first performed in 1982, became legendary in the San Francisco area. In 1996 he revived his all-night concert format, playing Sleep Concerts for live and radio audiences across the U.S. during a three month tour. In 2001 Rich released the 7 hour DVD Somnium, a studio distillation of the Sleep Concert experience, followed in 2014 by his 15 hour Blu-ray release Perpetual. Rich returned to playing Sleep Concerts once again after 2013 for special performances in Krakow, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Gdansk, USA’s Noise Pop and Moogfest, and elsewhere. His more active music takes him to international festivals such as Boom (Portugal), Klusa Daba (Latvia), Rainbow Serpent and Earth Frequency (Australia), Monsoon (Vietnam), Electric Forest and Earth Dance (USA).

Rich has designed sounds for television and film scores, including the films Pitch Black, Crazy Beautiful, Behind Enemy Lines, Dead Girl and others. His musical scores grace films by Roberto Miller (Mandorla, 2015) Yahia Mahamdi (Thank you for your Patience, 2003) and Daniel Colvin (Atlas Dei, 2007, with 90 minutes of Rich’s music in surround); and a video installation by Michael Somoroff (Illumination, 2007). Rich works closely with electronic instrument manufacturers, and his sound design has filled preset libraries of Emu’s Proteus 3 and Morpheus, Seer Systems’ Reality, sampling disks Things that Go Bump in the Night, ACID Loop Library Liquid Planet, WayOutWare’s TimewARP2600, and Camel Alchemy. His oscillator wavetables and presets are a part of the DSI-Sequential Prophet 12, Pro 2, Tempest, Prophet 6, Prophet X, Pro 3, and Synthesis Technology modules. Rich has written software for composers who work in just intonation, and he helped develop the MIDI microtuning specification. As mastering engineer and mixer, he has applied his ear to hundreds of albums in all styles. He has been featured in Keyboard Magazine, Electronic Musician, Guitar Player, Innerviews and elsewhere worldwide.

One of Rich's other interests is food. He maintains a Web site of recipes and other food related topics called Flavor Notes. He also has a long list of recipes for wild mushrooms.

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(Music from) Atlas Dei is exactly what the title states – the music from the video. Robert Rich created five new pieces and reworked, edited and/or added to eight older pieces to create this masterpiece of electronic minimalism. Heralded as one of ambient music’s ultimate artists, Robert’s music continues to transcend the genre. In short, he has very few peers. (He is also a very humble man – sure to be somewhat embarrassed by these praises.)
The music flows smoothly from the speakers and surrounds the listening area with deep hues and vivid auras. The glurp drips down, up, sideways and inside out. It swims around the biosonic feedback device and settles into its own space. This music loses nothing outside its original context. It is expansive organic ambience that begs for focused listening and meditation. While there are definite dark elements and deep drones, this is mostly ambiguous in its characterization. The listeners’ states of mind and states of being determine the paths and destinations. There are several journeys to take and each journey has several journeys within. It is an endless cycle of depth and subtlety.
This is Robert at his best! The music comes from his heart and his soul but is for his listeners. This is an amazing experience from an amazing man!

Robert Rich - Music from Atlas Dei   ( flac 354mb)

01 Opening 1:01
02 Mythos 5:47
03 Starmaker 6:03
04 Glint in Her Eyes 6:10
05 Night Spinning Inward 4:41
06 Poppy Fields 4:33
07 Deconstructions 6:29
08 Symbolics 4:37
09 Liquid Air 4:19
10 The Core 5:07
11 Never Alone 6:13
12 Minaret (Layered) 6:04
13 Terra Meta 5:09

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React is the third collaboration between American ambient pioneer Robert Rich and DiN label boss Ian Boddy. However, unlike their previous two studio outings on the DiN label, Outpost (2001) and Lithosphere (2005), this is a record of their first ever live performance at the Star’s End Radio Show 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Philadelphia in June 2007.

The duo forge a fascinating sonic collaboration that allows for glimpses of each other’s musical personalities to be seen within the evolving musical landscape. Boddy is mainly responsible for the rhythmic content which he mutates and morphs from the sonic input of Rich’s MOTM modular system. There are references to a couple of tracks from Outpost (Ice Fields and The Edge of Nowhere) and the title track of Lithosphere but they’re presented in a more energised and dynamic version. Meanwhile Rich paints a tapestry of sound with muted keyboards, flutes and his trademark gliss lap steel guitar voicing. The music ebbs and flows from abstract soundscapes through gentle reveries to up tempo sections that combine thunderous analogue bass and glitchy percussion overlain with a mesmerising mix of keyboards, flutes and gliss guitar. A truly unique concert performance by two of the most accomplished musicians in modern ambient electronica.

Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - React ( flac 327mb)

01 Depth Charge 3:54
02 Ice Fields (live version) 7:10
03 Sojourn 3:32
04 AxD 7:53
05 Veiled 4:52
06 Slow Hand 7:52
07 Messages 2:16
08 Lithosphere (live version) 6:05
09 Blue Moon 6:23
10 React 7:04
11 Edge of Nowhere (live version) 6:33

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Pushing the boundaries of Robert’s melodic world-fusion vocabulary, such as on Seven Veils or Propagation, Ylang blends Rich’s expressive steel guitar, shimmering organic electronics and yearning flute melodies with influences as diverse as south Indian Karnatic music, pulsing minimalism and pensive jazz; while its deconstructed drums and blurry guitar feedback might feel at home with Sigur Ros or Bark Psychosis.

Rich enlists help for this undertaking from a circle of trusted musician friends. The rhythmic scaffolding for the album comes from two very different drummers. Ricky Carter adds his intelligent sparse drumming, fluid with syncopation but complex in meter. These rhythms could be a slow tempo homage to Jaki Leibzeit from Can. Post-processing transforms them into rubbery chuffing abstractions. The other rhythmic foundation comes from the Karnatic mrdungam playing of Sakthivel Muruganandhan, which also wanders into Rich”s sonic blender, shifting from time-stretched blurs into organic live duets with bansuri master Sunilkumar Sankarapillai. Lilting in and out of this heady atmosphere of South Indian
music and minimalist space jazz, the wordless voice of art-pop virtuoso Emily Bezar adds a feminine intelligence to several pieces, and subtle melodic guitar additions from Haroun Serang augment Rich’s soaring lap steel feedback. With acoustic bass from Paul Olguin and string additions from Forrest Fang and Hans Christian, the sonic texture warms to a glowing woody earthiness. Rich’s audiophile production and delicate sound design glue the textures together into a seductive and inviting mossy nest. From these disparate elements, Ylang forms a sonic entity unto itself.

Robert Rich - Ylang ( flac 299mb)

01 Ambergris 4:14
02 Translucent 4:59
03 Attar 6:38
04 Verbena 5:03
05 Kalyani 8:09
06 Vetiver 6:25
07 Tamarack 5:38
08 Charukesi 7:11
09 First Rain 4:59

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A sonic tincture of shamanic energy, at once ecstatic and shadowy, fragile and surreal, fluid and psychedelic.Chari Chuang’s wordless crystalline voice graces three songs, with traces of Persian inflection. Deep basslines hint at dub, while analog modular synth skitters and chuffs the outlines of a rhythmic grid, propelled forward by pulsing north African drums. Sustaining guitars bring a searing edge. Cello and reeds echo plaintively in the distance. Rich’s sparse piano adds droplets of modal jazz to this dark tea. Medicine Box opens with warmly textured percussion, heavenly keys and acoustic guitar supporting a gorgeously crying electric guitar. The beauty of following cut “Kaaruwana” is indescribable, with Chari Chuang’s haunting wordless vocals gliding over a somber Middle Eastern-flavored soundscape. Her angelic voice graces two other selections. Rich’s imaginative use of lap steel guitar on “Callyx” is another of many high points as well as his keyboard mastery throughout. Some cuts are anchored by exotic percussion, others gently float with minimal rhythmic support. This album pleases body and soul as well as the ears.

 Robert Rich - Medicine Box ( flac 327mb)

01 Alba 4:16
02 Kaaruwana 6:18
03 Macula 6:27
04 Cornea 5:24
05 Crepescule 6:39
06 Pollen 7:33
07 Callyx 5:58
08 Salamander Quay 7:37
09 Helios 10:42

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