Ambient musician and composer, Robert Rich, is well-known for creating immersive soundscapes that transport the listener to another place. While studying in Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics during the 1980s, Robert would perform nine hour "Sleep Concerts" - influencing the REM sleep cycle of the audience with auditory stimulus.
During a visit to the Moog Music factory in Asheville, NC, Robert engaged in an atmospheric session with the Moog Modular System 55. Controlling the massive hand-wired synthesizer, Robert orchestrates a sonic continuum that evokes the perpetual organic motion of the natural world.
Watch Robert's session here:
Recently, to celebrate the legacy of the Minimoog Voyager RME, Robert composed a three song EP of evolving ambience titled, "Hiding In Daylight". Rich's work is a meditative exploration of organic sound, drawing on the rich tonal palette of the Minimoog Voyager RME. Listen and download "Hiding In Daylight" here.
Regarded as a pioneer of the ambient style, Robert Rich's output of surrealist soundscapes and experimental exhibitions spans over three decades. Watch as Robert talks candidly about his earliest musical influences, modular synthesizers, and learning polyrhythm from tree frogs in this video interview from Moog's CAT 5 series.
Learn more about synthesis in this video series by The Bob Moog Foundation HERE.