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The Beautiful Blue Sky by Richard Lainhart The Beautiful Blue Sky
6 tracks

Running time: 1:10:06
Released: 02/2008

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"The Beautiful Blue Sky" is a collection of new and recent electronic landscapes for the Buchla 200e analog modular synthesizer and the Haken Audio Continuum Fingerboard controller. These extraordinary instruments form the centerpiece of the unique quadraphonic electronic music performance system I designed and played to create this music. The performances were culled from daily recording sessions conducted during the second half of 2007, starting from when I first began to explore this wonderful new instrument. All the pieces were performed and recorded in real time without edits or overdubs, then mixed down to stereo for this release.

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Staring At The Moon by Richard Lainhart Staring At The Moon
4 tracks

Running time: 1:09:50
Released: 06/2005

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"Staring At The Moon" is a collection of recent One Sound works for electric guitar, Kyma, and vibraphone with computer processing, composed between 2003 and 2005. Each piece was recorded in realtime without overdubs or edits.

"Staring At The Moon" includes "A Cloudless Sky" and "Dreamwood", which continue to explore the guitar techniques first used in Five Nocturnes and feature more advanced computer processing to further displace the guitar from its normal tonal world. "One Word" is my first composition using the Kyma System, a work in just intonation for the first 30 harmonics of a A Major chord. The...
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Five Nocturnes by Richard Lainhart Five Nocturnes
5 tracks

Running time: 1:14:05
Released: 06/2000

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"Five Nocturnes" is a collection of One Sound works for electric guitar and computer processing, composed between 1998 and 2000. Each piece was recorded in realtime without overdubs or edits.

"Five Nocturnes" consists of five linked pieces in which I use long delays and other processing plugins, volume pedals, and eBows to extend the guitar's tones into infinity while gradually building up massed tonalities that slowly change over time.

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These Last Days by Richard Lainhart These Last Days
5 tracks

Running time: 0:55:26
Released: 06/1987

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"These Last Days" is a re-issue of my very first CD, now available again after twenty years. "These Last Days" was initially released in 1987 on Periodic Music, one of the first CD-only labels, but went out of print soon after. I'm pleased to be able to offer it here after so long.

The five tracks are all recorded in realtime with edits or overdubs, and feature electric and electronic keyboards with synced digital delays. "These Last Days", "Hall Of Mirrors", "Enveloped In Shadows", and "A Question Remains" are for the Korg DW-8000 and EX-8000 synths; "These Last Days" adds a...
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Richard Lainhart (1953-2011) was an award-winning composer, author, and filmmaker - a digital artisan who worked with sonic and visual data. Since childhood, he was interested in natural processes such as waves, flames and clouds, in harmonics and harmony, and in creative interactions with machines, using them as compositional methods to present sounds that are as beautiful as he could make them.

"He's evolved a singular vision as a composer, performer and engineer of darkly seductive minimalism." (Peter Marsh, BBC)

[His] "music reflects the spirit of possibility that once defined electronic music, bringing with it a sense of past, present and future that transcends time, technology and cultural assumptions. The spell-binding music seemed to evoke feelings that can't quite be named, and suggest music I might rather imagine for myself in silence than trust most composers to compose." (The Village Voice)

"Lainhart crafts sounds in a tonal, musical fashion - sustained tones, drones, melodic fragments - and electronically manipulates them into beautiful tapestries of sound. At a casual or first listen, these pieces ... might seem static or aimless, but given time - and if you liberate yourself from the concept of music-as-event - the sounds develop in an imperturbable, organic manner, washing over you a gently as a sunset." (Waterfront Week)

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"Calm, deep, introspective, but also very varied in its monochromatic palette, this album contains nothing to irritate the ear - even for the uninitiated. It fascinates and soothes. Recommended." (Francois Couture, All-Music Guide)

"The key word here is 'slow', as the composer himself declares his liking of naturally slow manifestations - the chiming resonances, low drones and richly articulated canvases of pure vibration will do the rest. This is in a class of its own and it's a must for anyone thinking that contemporary music has not too much to say anymore." (Massimo Ricci,

"The listener is drawn into these dense, slowly moving, highly detailed soundscapes as into a vortex." (Brian Marley, Avant Magazine )

"More than anything else, Richard Lainhart's sonic constructions inhabit a place where mystery and ambiguity resonate with untranslatable meaning through process and perception." (Kevin Macneil Brown, Dusted Magazine)

"All ... are superb and near-revelatory, of a tradition but not confined by it, feeding organic sound matter through inorganic technology with acute sound-sensitivity for maximum emotional impact." (Opprobium Online)

"The work is minimal and yet elaborate, expansive, meditative, a kind of holy timelessness to it." (Radio 100, Amsterdam)

"Excellent minimal music that fits in many traditions mentioned in Vital regularly (from Vidna Obmana to Mirror) and hopefully more heard now that it is released on a bigger label. " (Vital Weekly)

"As a whole the music is subtly mysterious,with a certain nocturnal air, and very apt for meditation and to let imagination soar free." (Edgar Kogler, Amazing Sounds)

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