Category Archives: Reviews – Q-R

Don Robertson

The Colorado-born Don Robertson was one of the most musically gifted artists to enjoy substantial sales success in the early days of independent new age music – the 70’s and early 80’s. He’s a lifelong musician and multi-instrumentalist adept at many styles, as well as a passionate music educator and a voluminous writer on music […]

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Max Richter

Long before he was composing soundtracks for actual films, the neoclassical/modern classical composer Max Richter was making some of the greatest film music on Earth. “Cinematic” is a word that comes to mind easily on hearing his superb first three albums, even though none were made for actual movies. artist: Max Richter country of origin: […]

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Robert Rich

A longtime native of the fertile ambient and new age music pastures of the San Francisco Bay area, Robert Rich has been releasing and performing since the early 1980’s and has helped pioneer multiple strands in experimental electronica and old-school ambient – including spacemusic, ethno-ambient, dark ambient and psychedelic drones. artist: Robert Rich country of […]

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Terry Riley

The Californian-born Terry Riley is one of the founding fathers of a 20th century music style known as minimalism – along with Philip Glass and Steve Reich – whose innovations in the 1960’s paved the way for much of the ambient, psychedelic, new age and neoclassical music that has arisen since. artist: Terry Riley country […]

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Steve Roach

With his distinctive melange of analogue and digital synthesisers, acoustic instrumentation and highly imaginative soundscaping, Steve Roach is a giant in modern ambient and one of the most respected electronic musicians in the world. artist: Steve Roach country of origin: USA style(s): Ambient, ethno ambient, techno-tribal, environmental, dark ambient decades active: 80’s – 10’s essential […]

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Jorge Reyes

There is a mysterious, earthy intensity to Jorge Reyes’ work that’s an exception to the light, semi-commercial fare that usually sits under the world music banner. This quality is often at its most visceral when he sings and chants amid the percussion, flutes, synths and sundry other native instruments that make up his exotic sound. […]

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Steve Reich

Often cited as inspiration by art rockers such as Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, Steve Reich’s recording career stretches back to the 1960’s and continues to the present day. His catalogue is enormous, but arguably his most creative and accessible period is represented by a handful of middle-period albums from the 70’s and 80’s, most […]

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Raphael

Raphael’s electro-acoustic arrangement of classical composer Faure’s “In Paradiso” is hands-down one of the most weepingly gorgeous things I’ve ever heard, its lushness and luminous beauty surpassing all traditional performances of the piece. artist: Raphael country of origin: USA style(s): Ambient orchestral, ethno ambient, dream pop, spacemusic decades active: 80’s – 90’s essential releases: Music […]

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Quantic

Quantic’s debut album The 5th Exotic (2001) remains his greatest work in the fertile world of eclectic, sample-based, instrumental downtempo breaks. This style of chillout was pioneered by likes of DJ Shadow in the early 1990’s, soon followed by names like of Bonobo, Jon Kennedy and breakbeat label Ninja Tune. artist: Quantic country of origin: […]

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