It is interesting to hear if it was true that he did produce those warm drones on "SOMNIUM" with the lapsteel guitar. I am a guitarist myself, but I have really not begin to experiment with "drones" yet.
Only a precisation:
- When I said Robert Rich used "simple" tools I was referring to "sleep concerts" times, around '80s
see Sunyata (1982), Trances (1983), Drones (1983), Inner Landscapes (1987), etc.
- "Somnium" (if you refer to DVD) have been realized around 2001. Here Robert used a lot of recent synth technology, the MOTM, if I'm not wrong some digital post-processing with computer, so "complex" tools....!,
BTW, Somnium is a magnificent (Hypnos records) work of art! Maybe the best Robert's work that show what "slow music" concept is ... and, talking about recording tecniques (the use of DVD for audio) again an outsider!
Personally, I prefer the sonorities of sleep concerts times is a matter of tastes ...
To say all the true ... Robert music new paths seem to me less intersting now than in '80s, nevertheless Somnium is probably is more important work all the times.
Ah thanks you told me, yeah to be honest I am not a big fan of his more early works, even though I enjoy them very much the later releases are like night and day, and much more refined in shape & form.
Yes, I am not sure what the key is to the sound on Somnium, of course it must be deeply layered and a lot of studio effects. Also the PVC flute of course an important element...
BTW, I do never listen to the DVD version any more, the FLAC Rerelease version that was released 2007 sound far superior , especially "Part II" that now is without AC3 compression, which had devastating digital artifacts, on the rerelease version it sounds like something totally different, I am still surprised that Robert Rich did agree to release it with AC3 compression..it does not make sense.
Really looking forward to hear the new collaboration album with Faryus, it will go along with the current of somnium and Stalker, according to his blog...might be the best release of this year.