Tactile Ground

by Robert Rich

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luminousshade When this came out, I started the first track, heard the warm piano notes hug me, and I knew immediately that I would love this album. I was not wrong.
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Egg Wizard Utterly sublime ambient from the master; his best work since 2015's Filaments. Submerging you in glorious layers of peace, with plenty of harmonic modulation and movement. Essential. Favorite track: A Skein for Skin.
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velikigoban I am a big fan of Robert's music and so, it's difficult to choose a favorite album, but if I had to, this would be it. Amazing soundscapes, that I would describe as earthly, wet, primordial, chthonic, ethereal, otherworldly, melancholic, hopeful, organic, spiritual. I don't listen to this album very often, because, as far as I'm concerned, it requires a specific atmosphere (like a rainy day), but when I do, I know that nothing comes close at that moment. Absolutely amazing. Favorite track: A Skein for Skin.
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Elevations 07:01


Can we find a tactile ground,
an animal surface upon which to calibrate our humanity?

Skin telegraphs sensation from air,
filtered from distant worlds.
Language constricts our sense of self
to an illusion of separation.
The verb of living, flux and transmutation,
expands outward from the middle,
concentric ripples on a pond.
We drop through the surface,
pebbles tossed from the shore.


released January 15, 2019

©2018 by Robert Rich, BMI
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by R. Rich
in 2018 at Soundscape, Mountain View.
Using Synthesis Technology, Old Crow, STG, L-1,
Intellijel, Sequential PX & P12, Haken Continuum,
LeafAudio Soundbox, lap steel, flutes, piano, odds & ends.
Processing with 2C Audio, Audio Damage, Michael Norris, SoundHack.
Thanks to Dixie, the crows and so many others for inspiration & friendship.
Ink-works and text by R.Rich, layout by John Bergin.
Artwork information at robertrich.com/graphic-art


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Robert Rich has helped define ambient and electronic music, with over 50 albums across four decades. Rich began building his own analog modular synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13, and later studied computer music at Stanford's CCRMA while researching lucid dreaming. Rich performs and lectures worldwide. His all-night Sleep Concerts have become legendary. ... more

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