Ambient music master Robert Rich sent word of a new collaboration with German producer and guitarist Markus Reuter, Eleven Questions.
“We’re hoping this CD might surprise you a bit,” says Rich. “Thirteen short pieces fall together as a sort of puzzle, sometimes odd and playful, sometimes rather intense.”
The international collaboration was conceived, composed and recorded in person in one intense week at Robert Rich’s Soundscape studio in California. Rich then completed, mixed and mastered the work over the subsequent two months.
Unlike most releases of the ambient/electronica genre, each piece on Eleven Questions has a “hook”. The songs form short, concise statements. The album features mostly acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments (lap steel, touch guitar, piano, acoustic guitar, flutes) rather than synthesizers. With audiophile sensibilities, Rich and Reuter employed the best of custom tube, vintage and contemporary studio equipment to craft a unique sonic landscape.
“This is an album for lovers of modern movie soundtracks, sound fanatics and people who look for beauty and melody in contemporary music,” adds Rich.
You can find out more about the CD at Rich’s site.