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DiN 11
Outpost by RobertRich & Ian Boddy

Limited to 2,000 copies. 2,000 pressed.

"Outpost" is the first collaboration between British synthesist Ian Boddy and American recording artist Robert Rich. Both Boddy & Rich have been involved in electronic music for over twenty years but have travelled very different musical paths. Rich is best known for his many releases on the Hearts of Space, Hypnos and Release/Relapse labels. Boddy's numerous electronic albums on his Something Else Records label garnered respect throughout Europe during this same period. Ian Boddy launched the DiN label in 1999 in order to stretch the boundaries of contemporary electronica, and has released a series of exceptional limited edition releases including several of his own solo and collaborative albums.

Together, Rich and Boddy have concocted a mysterious blend of fluid electronic rhythms and impressionistic 50's Sci-Fi soundscapes. With tools ranging from vintage and modern analog modular synthesizers, prepared piano, metallic percussion, feedback networks, and digital signal processing, the two musicians have crafted a sonic journey to the remote edge of a future, lost civilization.

Unlike many other "virtual" long-distance collaborations, Boddy and Rich preferred to work together in the same space, allowing musical ideas to flow between them spontaneously. Boddy first travelled to California for a week, where he and Rich started recording "Outpost" in Rich's studio. A month later, Rich travelled to Northern England, where he and Boddy finished the album at DiN. Rich then completed the final mixing and mastering back at his Soundscape studio.

Full of surprising transitions and dynamic extremes, "Outpost" shows these two veteran recording artists stretching their music into new vocabularies. Four sections of the album feature pulsating rhythms from Rich's MOTM modular synthesizer. Boddy departs from his normally electronic voicings with abstract textural interludes on prepared piano, which he performed on the 1925 vintage baby grand in Rich's studio.
Interwoven with NASA broadcasts, ionospheric radio whistlers, Boddy's extreme Metasynth excursions, and Rich's signature steel guitar, "Outpost" promises to take the listener to new sonic terrain.


Track listing:

01 First Outpost ( 01.31 )
02 Ice Fields ( 08.21 )
03 Methane ( 03.48 )
04 Lagrange Point ( 06.48 )
05 Link Lost ( 10.15 )
06 State of Flux ( 06.38 )
07 Tuning In ( 05.47 )
08 Tuning Out ( 06.54 )
09 Edge of Nowhere ( 06.25 )
10 Final Outpost ( 02.18 )

Total Time 58.50

Robert Rich : MOTM modular, lap steel guitar, flutes and percussion
Ian Boddy : Analogue & digital synths, prepared piano, Metasynth & Pluggo

Album photography : Brad Cole
Design : www.studioflokati.de




Review in Issue One of e|i magazine
This is a good deal more auteuristic than many are going to expect. Commencing with a gritty, muddy, cloudhung wasteland of wreckage, there's a clattering post-chaos theme that infects the farflung musical environment as dully as the bloodline of blame and regret that follows any lengthy vicious war. The tang of machines falling slowly apart rings and echoes through a humid air that carries streaks of icy breezes, oddly contrasting the rising steam and contrails from the moldering soli. Cisternic bloops limn a sweltering fog coercing claustrophobic borders in upon the mind. Trekking for miles through an increasingly hopeless terrarium, a beat arises from the vapors and fretful zephyrs, lamenting angels wail softly in the aether, and we increase our pace, anxious to reach a destination that invokes fear. But that expectation is doomed to it's own bleak hopelessness; the journey's endless and we may well be circling the final stages of an entropic breakdown. Rich and Boddy seem to have decided to walk away from much of their trademark sounds and draw up a finely articulated map of terran purgatory, taking cues from many sources (On Land, Sonic Seasonings, Blackdance, Apocalypse Now, etc.), pouring steam, sweat, and a perpetually dulled throb of pain into their commonly more idyllic paintings. The narrative of connected themes is notably linear and three-dimensional, obviously a concept cycle. There's also a strong flavor of futurized Loren Nerell pervading, but one that describes his rain forests after civilisation has had its raging way. Don't expect Boddy's lovely landscapes or Rich's brocaded travelogues; what you're in for is a midground that leans more to Soleilmoon than Hypnos. They may or may not repeat this, solo or in tandem, but this exposition is a rather radical departure point and may interest their followers purely on that one of many merits.

Marc S. Tucker

For more information about Robert Rich, visit his website at www.rrich.com

There is an on-line interview with Rich and Boddy at the Ambient Visions website.