Robert Rich | Somnium

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by Robert Rich

Continuous 7 hour piece of music on DVD, guiding the listener through an ever-changing dreamscape, with levels of subtle detail that reward both active attention and background listening.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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2. Hour One
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3. Hour Two
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4. Hour Three
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Possibly the longest continuous musical composition ever released on any format, Somnium represents an ambient music landmark. Robert Rich has meticulously crafted a fresh studio interpretation of his notorious all-night Sleep Concerts, incorporating newly recorded electro-acoustic, electronic and environmental textures, with elements created for the original live events. Somnium guides the listener through an ever-changing dreamscape, with levels of subtle detail that reward both active attention and background listening. Deep and sonorous, mysterious and diffuse, liquid and hypnogogic.

PLEASE NOTE: The MP3 download offered here is a CD-length worth of excerpts at a lower price. If you want a full length downloadable form, at the DVD price, you can find it at

Robert Rich has pioneered new worlds of ambient and electronic music for two decades. He studied computer music at Stanford's prestigious CCRMA while earning a degree in Psychology. In 1982 he first performed his legendary Sleep Concerts, all-night shows meant to sustain hypnogogic states in sleeping audiences. His 7-hour DVD Somnium may be the longest continuous piece of music ever released on any format. Rich has recorded two dozen influential albums, ranging from the slow deep ambience of Trances/Drones, to the electro-acoustic world music of Rainforest and Seven Veils, to shadowy cinematic excursions like Stalker and Bestiary. Rich has worked with Steve Roach, Lustmord, Graeme Revelle, David Torn, Alio Die, Paul Haslinger, Ian Boddy, Vidna Obmana, and others. His group, Amoeba, explores atmospheric songcraft on their two CDs, Watchful and Pivot.

"The deep, ethereal soundscapes that Robert Rich creates don't engage you as much as they engulf you. Shimmering waves of sound pour from the speakers, transforming both space and time." Keyboard Magazine

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A seven hour sleep concert, unbeleaveble!
Enjoy it!


Holy to brain...come in brain..
If you really want to delve deep this dvd will take you there. No visuals on the cd- they all appear in your head. 7 hours of uninterrupted drifting drift, whispering whisps, echoing shifts and inverted lifts. I only wish I could listen to it outside at a campfire- maybe its time to purchase a portable dvd player.


Great, but not complete
The "Somnium" DVD is a great document of an amazing event. However, the MP3 download here, while it is the same price as the DVD, IS NOT the full 7 hours. Beware.