Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Robert Rich, David Torn, Hans Christian|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, New Age, Pop, Rock
The most distressing thing about the advent of electronics as a means of making music is that too many musicians use them lazily, with uninteresting music as the tragic result. Fortunately, this doesn't afflict Robert Ri... more »
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The most distressing thing about the advent of electronics as a means of making music is that too many musicians use them lazily, with uninteresting music as the tragic result. Fortunately, this doesn't afflict Robert Rich's Seven Veils, an accomplished piece of work with a light touch. Rich, who plays a variety of stringed and percussion instruments as well as handling synthesizer and sampling duties, pulls off the difficult trick of making moody, atmospheric compositions musically interesting. Although a certain sameness permeates Seven Veils, there's enough variety to keep you listening; the opening, appropriately-titled "Coils" has a sinuous, underwater feel while the three-part "Book of Ecstasy" features shifting melodic and rhythmic textures. The sustained, floating notes of "Ibn Sina" complement the active, dancing rhythms, and Rich saves the best for last with "Lapis," which features an excellent counterpoint between Rich's flute and guest Hans Christian's cello. Deliberately evocative of Middle Eastern music, Seven Veils has a subtle beauty that Rich wisely allows to emerge on its own, rather than forcing it into the ears of his listeners. --Genevieve Williams
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If you liked Gaudi you will love Seven Veils
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rich has many styles, including dark ambient and many collaborations with Steve Roach. But whatever you call this style (I have heard it called "ethnoambient") no one does it better than Rich. In fact, no one else sounds like Rich. His music is haunting and seems to come from some other planet. That's partly because of his use of (I don't know that much about music) "just intonation." It's a different tuning scale than Western ears are used to. Please excuse my limited vocabulary in trying to describe this. In a layman's terms it just sounds more haunting and more otherworldly than any other music. Two more elements make Rich's work, especially this one, stand out. Not every composer working in this vein and with these instruments has as strong a talent for rhythm. And those artists that do, often seem to produce only a few works that stand out in that area...unlike Rich, whose every selection in this vein has wonderful and original rhythms. This is partly due to his interest in mathematics (he has a CD called Geometry...it's wonderful, too). The rhythms are the main reason I like Gaudi and Seven Veils. I don't know where it comes from, but no one else can do it (in my opinion.) The other is melody. Many other composers combine electronic instruments with acoustic instruments and do it well (TUU, Suspended Memories.) But for compelling, otherworldly music with a sad, mysterious, haunting quality that will really transport you to other times and other worlds...investigate Rich, and especially Gaudi and Seven Veils."
Sinuous, sensual and sexy
lgalina26 | Los Angeles | 08/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Robert Rich has more of a "Western" sound on this album. The sinuous drumbeats make you feel like bellydancing but there's still an otherworldly ethereal feel. It's all instrumentals on this one and great background music to relax to. For anyone who's looking for a male Asian/Middle Eastern Enya or a mellower Dead Can Dance sound this is it."
Trance-inducing music by a true master
Michael L. Medlin | Claremont, California | 08/24/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a devout fan of Mr. Rich's work (I own everything he's done, whether solo, collaboration, or compilation, and I wait breathlessly for each new release), but I generally prefer his darker, less "new-agey" work, such as that released on the Hearts of Space sub-label Fathom (and on various compilations). So, when I heard that this new disc was to be released on the decidedly "new-agey" main label and not on Fathom, I was momentarily disappointed. I need not have worried, for this is NOT easy listening. Dense, rhythmic, yet still flowing, this disc is even more active and "in your face" than his last full length solo release, the excellent Propagation. It is also much more challenging and complex than that work. I've been impatiently awaiting this disc ever since I heard of its existence (under the working title Flux) at a Rich concert in the Santa Ynez valley 3 or 4 years ago. It was WELL worth the wait!"