by Robert Rich

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rikm There's a beautiful melodicism that shines through on Ylang, with Rich's use of wind instruments and percussion adding a strong organic quality to the album that takes it to the next level.

Really strong work from a star of the ambient genre.
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Richard Gürtler With "Ylang" Robert delivers some of the most exotic perfumes as he did on masterworks like "Propagation", "Yearning" (with Lisa Moskow) or especially "Seven Veils". Teamed with 8 guest virtuosos, Robert Rich explores absolutely exciting and fascinating territories by melting together various ingredients like ambient, jazz, world music (Carnatic music of India), post rock with his trademarking sounds of flute, lap steel guitar, percussions, piano and electronics. Big thanks to all involved!!!
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Ambergris 04:13
Translucent 04:58
Attar 06:38
Verbena 05:02
Kalyani 08:09
Vetiver 06:24
Tamarack 05:37
Charukesi 07:11
First Rain 04:59


Lush and Organic: languid polyrhythms and shimmering electronics blend with South Indian, post-rock, jazz and minimalism.


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Robert Rich's first solo studio album in three years seductively blends Rich's expressive steel guitar, shimmering organic electronics and yearning flute melodies with influences as diverse as south Indian Karnatic music, pulsing minimalism (Steve Reich, Terry Riley) and introspective jazz (Bill Evans, Miles Davis); while its deconstructed drums and guitar feedback might feel at home with Sigur Ros or Bark Psychosis.

Rich enlists help for this undertaking from a circle of trusted musician friends. The rhythmic scaffolding for the album comes from two very different drummers. Ricky Carter adds his intelligent sparse drumming, fluid with syncopation but complex in meter. These rhythms could be a slow motion homage to Jaki Leibzeit from Can. Post-processing transforms them into rubbery chuffing abstractions. The other rhythmic foundation comes from the Karnatic mrdungam playing of Sakthivel Muruganandhan, which also wanders into Rich''s sonic blender, shifting from slow motion digitized blurs into organic live duets with bansuri master Sunilkumar Sankarapillai.

Lilting in and out of this heady atmosphere of South Indian music and minimalist space jazz, the voice of art-pop virtuoso Emily Bezar adds a feminine intelligence to several pieces, and subtle melodic guitar additions from Haroun Serang augment Rich's soaring lap steel distortions. With acoustic bass from Paul Olguin and string additions from Forrest Fang and Hans Christian, the sonic texture warms to a glowing woody earthiness. Rich's audiophile production and delicate sound design glue the textures together into a seductive and inviting mossy nest. From these disparate elements, Ylang forms a sonic entity unto itself. While some "world music" may sound like a blur of undigested motifs, Ylang sounds like... Ylang.


released March 1, 2010

Robert Rich: flutes, lap steel guitar, piano, percussion,
MOTM modular, synths, shimmer & glurp
Ricky Carter: drums on 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9
Sakthivel Muruganandhan: mrdungam on 3, 5, 6, 8
Sunilkumar Sankarapillai: bansuri on 5, 8
Haroun Serang: guitar on 1, 4, 7
Emily Bezar: voice on 2, 4, 7
Forrest Fang: violin on 3, 9
Hans Christian: cello on 9
Paul Olguin: upright bass on 5
Andy Wiskes' parrots on 4

All titles © 2010 by Robert Rich, BMI.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by R. Rich,
from February 2009 to January 2010.

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Robert Rich uses analog synthesizers by Synthesis Technology, microphones by ADK, Josephson and Blue, preamps by Millennia and TAB, software by Apple, Audio Damage, Camel Audio, Izotope and Flux, among many other tools, with gratitude to those who seek excellent sound. Many thanks to Dixie and our friends who help along the way.

Art and design by John Bergin.


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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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