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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...
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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, touchingextremes.org)

"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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