Robert Rich

Below Zero

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Robert Rich has released two CDs of material from compilation discs and other formats, with Below Zero the second of these. These compositions, like those on A Troubled Resting Place, were created for the compilations and subsequent CDs in Rich's catalog. He provides a technical explanation of his intentions on this disc, delving into thermodynamics and other heavy relationships. While it is easy to get lost in the liner notes, it is easier (and more fun) to get lost in the music. One of Rich's better releases, the dark atmospheres are full of organic textures and experimental timbres. Deep listening is more of an event than just an experience. There are few discs that approach this level, and only the best efforts of Steve Roach, Alio Die, and Mathias Grassow rate this highly.

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