Bay Area ambient pioneer Robert Rich began building his own synthesizer at the age of 13, around the same time he became interested in avant-garde and minimal composition. By the time he got to college at Stanford (around 1981), he began organizing “sleep concerts,” playing abstract drones and soundscapes to influence audiences’ REM cycles.
In his 2014 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, he discussed music as ritual, modular synths, mastering advice, magic, sampling tree frogs, and psytrance raves, among many other things.
00:48 – Sleep concerts
13:03 – Charles Amirkhanian
27:38 – Hearts of Space
32:18 – Rainforest
38:25 – Importance of community
1:23:57 – Tuning
22:42 – Robert Rich – “Sunyata Emptiness” https://youtu.be/HpCqUWNB8YU
1:03:01 – Robert Rich – “Low Sounds”
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