California native Robert Rich is a crucial figure in the development of several forms of experimental electronic and ambient music, from ethno-fusion and environmental to dark ambient and space music. He began performing all-night sleep concerts in the early 1980s, and has since performed in a multitude of unconventional spaces, including caves, cathedrals, and galleries. His work reached a wider audience with the 1989 release of Rainforest, which combined natural sounds with electronic drones and exotic instrumentation, set apart by Rich's use of just intonation. He released several well-received collaborations during the '90s, including two albums with Steve Roach and the 1995 dark ambient classic Stalker (with B. Lustmord), in addition to warm, organic solo efforts like the Arabic-inspired Seven Veils (1998). His 21st century work has ...
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