May 5, 2013

Sundaze 1318


Hello, i haven't been been running late at all yet currently some uploading problems with Netkups, i suspect they need to adjust to their growing customer base. Something special coming up today.

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 today the worlds longest track almost a decent nights sleep long..... N'Joy

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A California native, Rich began experimenting with electronics in the late '70s before attending Stanford University, where he completed a degree in psychology. While at Stanford, Rich's involvement in the university's prestigious Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics expanded his interest in electronic composition, as well as bringing him in contact with a wide range of nontraditional, non-Western musical ideas. In 1987, he released an album titled Numena. This was the beginning of a new sound for Rich. It was his first album to explore complex rhythmic patterns, a wider range of acoustic instrumentation, and just intonation. It was also his first album to be released on CD originally. Rich's performance of several all-night "sleep concerts" during this period also helped solidify an aesthetic focus on psychoacoustics, perceptible in early recordings such as Geometry and Trances/Drones.

Rich's more mature works such as Rainforest and Propagation have sought to combine that interest with more recognizable electro-acoustical elements (Rich plays a wide range of instruments, from synths and effects racks to hand drums and flute), but the influence of digital sound manipulation has also moved increasingly to the fore. Inspired by the more textural works of artists like SPK and Throbbing Gristle, Rich's interest in the edgier side of electronic composition has also earned him a reputation among fans of gothic, industrial, and dark ambient, made most obvious by his collaboration in 1995 with Brian Williams of Lustmord. .

In 1992, he formed a new group called Amoeba. The group has released three albums featuring ex-Urdu members Rick Davies and Andrew McGowan at different times. In 2001, he released an album titled Somnium, a 7-hour album divided into three tracks on one DVD video. This album was a recreation of the sleep concert environment he created during the 1980s at Stanford. Although not officially recognized, many people believe it to be the longest artist album of all time.

In 2004, he released an album of piano solos titled Open Window. This album documents his improvised piano style that has been part of his live concerts for decades. It was recorded on a 1925 vintage A.B. Chase baby grand piano. On March 11, 2005, Robert suffered a hand injury. He was cleaning a glass jug and accidentally slipped and fell on top of it. During the recovery process, he continued to record new material and tour. He also constructed end-blown flutes from PVC pipe that are more easily played with limited right-hand dexterity.

During his 2006 tour, Rich performed in front of a film created by visual artist Daniel Colvin as a backdrop. After the tour he created a score for the film, which was released on CD and DVD in 2007 under the title Atlas Dei. In 2007 he also released the album Illumination, a companion soundtrack of a multimedia installation by Michael Somoroff, and a collaboration album with touch guitarist Markus Reuter.

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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According to the Robert Rich home page, "Robert Rich has meticulously crafted a fresh studio interpretation of his notorious all-night Sleep Concerts, incorporating newly recorded electro-acoustic, electronic and environmental textures, with elements created for the original live events. Somnium guides the listener through an ever-changing dreamscape, with levels of subtle detail that reward both active attention and background listening." Clocking in at seven hours, it's also considered to be one of the longest continuous musical compositions ever released on any format; verily, Somnium represents a landmark in ambient music. Somnium is also available exclusively in the DVD format, which is both good and bad -- it's good because Somnium's seven hours of ambient sound play out complete and uncut. This is a fantastic recording that incorporates all kinds of sounds and wraps them into a deep listening/background environmental ambient experience. Rich craftily assembled all kinds of sounds from a variety of different sources for this project, which was almost seven years in the making. This disc is representative of Rich's early recorded works, specifically Sunyata and Trances/ Drones, but it's more representative of his academic work as one of the pioneers in the field of lucid dreaming -- hence the title Somnium. This is a fantastic work and a must-have for any fan of ambient music.

This is a seven hour ambient trip, hence it takes some effort to get to it, the file has been split in four parts collect all 4, unzip eh presto



Robert Rich - Somnium 001 ( flac 430mb)

Robert Rich - Somnium 002 ( flac 430mb)

Robert Rich - Somnium 003 ( flac 430mb)

Robert Rich - Somnium 004 ( flac 400mb)

01 Somnium Part 1 2u 35min
02 Somnium Part 2 1u 59min
03 Somnium Part 3 2u 24min

For a brief period at the beginning of the album there is a slightly more active texture while the listener adjusts the volume and settles down to sleep. As the music progresses it slowly drifts through a variety of electronic drones as well as acoustic source material and nature recordings. The third and final track gradually fades into a morning atmosphere filled with bird songs.

Robert Rich - Somnium 001 ( ogg 196mb)

Robert Rich - Somnium 002 ( ogg 196mb)

Robert Rich - Somnium 003 ( ogg 196mb)

Robert Rich - Somnium 004 ( ogg 186mb)

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi - Brilliant post - thankyou!

I've d/loaded the 4 files but can't complete the zip process; 7zip says there's an issue with files 3 & 4...do they work your end? Cheers!

Rho said...

You are the first mentioning trouble, i didn't test the files- try unzipping them on a seperate partition btw 4 wont work if 3 causes trouble part 3 is on Netkups could it be something went miss there, filesize should be equal to part 1 and 2. For now the fastest least bothersome thing you could do is re-download file 3.

Best of luck

Anonymous said...

Hi Rho - cheers for the suggestions - all sorted now! Thanks for all the great music; I love your blog

Anonymous said...

for some reason i'm getting a corrupted message.... any clues? i tried properties and changing them to winrar but it sorta crapped out...

Anonymous said...

i'm gonna keep the files on my desktop for a bit 'coz it's such a shame to spike them. would love to hear this 7 hr. trip. hopefully at some point you'll navigate back to this page and a sublime suggestion will materialize... thanks rho.

Rho said...

Hello Anon changing the properties will do no good, your info isn't giving me much to go on -there's 4 files doesn't any open ? Id refer you to a previous commenter who had some trouble with file 3, at this end everything is working but downloads can become corrupted during the process of storing but most likely during the downloading, considering there have been plenty of successful downloads its likely something went wrong at your end, all i can say i created the flac zipfiles with 7zip. Download all 4 and unzip them starting with one, deleted the result then add the sec file into the directory unzip again and so on this way you should find which of the files is causing trouble.
Best of luck, Rho

Likedeeler said...

Part 003 has an underscore in its name where there is just a space in the other filenames. Rename 003, and all will be well.

Btw, thank you for so many informative texts, and the music! Regards from Berlin

Anonymous said...

rho.. thnx for getting back to anon.. i think it was definitely stupidity on my end; all the posts have been extremely helpful and thanks for your input....