Stained Productions + The Ambient Ping
proudly present

the debut Toronto performance
from North America's premier ambient artist


with special guests

and projections by

Sunday, April 7th, 2002
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave. (upstairs), Toronto

$12 in advance - $15 at the door
doors open at 8:00 PM - dreamSTATE at 8:45 PM - Robert Rich at 10:00 PM
all ages welcome - this will be a non-smoking event

Advance Ticket Outlets:
ROTATE THIS (620 Queen St. W.)
SOUNDSCAPES (572 College St.)
THE AMBIENT PING (Tuesdays at club nia, 19 Church St. - ask for Scott)

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With over 20 albums to his name, Robert Rich has helped define the genres of ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal and trance, yet his music remains hard to categorize. Part of his unique sound comes from using home-made acoustic and electronic instruments, microtonal tunings, computer-based signal processing, chaotic systems and feedback networks. Rich began building his own analog synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13 years old, and later studied for a year at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

Rich released his first album Sunyata in 1982. Most of his subsequent recordings came out in Europe until 1989, when Rich began a string of critically acclaimed releases for Fathom/Hearts of Space, including Rainforest (1989), Gaudí (1991), Propagation (1994) and Seven Veils (1998). His two collaborations with Steve Roach, Strata (1990) and Soma (1992), both charted for several months in Billboard. Other collaborations include Yearning (1995, with Lisa Moskow), Stalker (1995, with B. Lustmord) and Fissures (1997, with Alio Die.) Rich's contributions to multi-artist compilations have been collected on his solo albums A Troubled Resting Place (1996) and Below Zero (1998). He also records with his group, Amoeba, exploring atmospheric songcraft on their CDs Watchful (1997) and Pivot (2000). His 3-CD live set Humidity (2000) documents the unique improvised flow of his recent performances.

Rich has performed in caves, cathedrals, planetaria, art galleries and concert halls throughout Europe and North America. His all-night Sleep Concerts, first performed in 1982, became legendary in the San Francisco area. In 1996 he revived his all-night concert format, playing Sleep Concerts for live and radio audiences across the U.S. during a three-month tour. In 2001 Rich released the 7 hour audio DVD Somnium, a studio distillation of the Sleep Concert experience that is possibly the longest continuous piece of music ever released.

Rich's newest release is Bestiary, a rhythmic, energetic, bizarre and very glurpy album that is filled with mutated electronic textures from the MOTM analog modular synthesizer, granular synthesis, chaotic feedback systems and formant filtering, and peppered with twisted contributions from Forrest Fang, Andrew McGowan, and Haroun Serang.

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Entangled in patch cords, dreamSTATE's Scott McGregor Moore and Jamie Todd were submerged in the studio, creating their evolving sound environments with a collection of vintage and modern synthesizers. The first public expression of their electronic explorations was waveforms, an ambient soundscape installation. This ever-changing, multi-speaker creation played continuously for six months at The H5 Project, a holographic art gallery in Toronto. dreamSTATE's first CD release Between Realities (1998) captures a one hour section of the piece in a 'live microphone' recording which merges waveforms' electronic textures with the urban soundscape of the street outside.

Still working in the deep end of the ambient pool, dreamSTATE surfaced to perform their atmospherics live with small powerful synthesizer systems. Fresh from live appearances at the World Electronic Music Festival, Interference Orange and the Junction Arts Festival, they celebrated the launch of their first CD with an ambient soundscape performance at Toronto's Wea've nightclub. In 2000 there was an even stronger emphasis on live performance. Along with appearances at various events like the Om Festival and the Alive series, each month the duo performed a chapter of the Drone Cycle 2000 - a tour through the 12 notes of the chromatic scale as foundations for ambient improvisations with a series of special guests. A CD summation of the cycle is planned for later release. dreamSTATE are also reviewing their live recordings from 1997-99 to prepare a further live soundscape CD.

Live performances became less frequent in 2001, with the duo making occassional appearances at the weekly Ambient Ping series that they curate (currently occuring Tuesday evenings at club nia). As work slowly approaches completion on their new CD project(s), live shows continue to be rare. This event offers a unique opportunity to witness dreamSTATE in a new environment.

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