Seven Veils

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All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
Robert Rich is a master alchemist at weaving exotic ethnic sounds onto an ambient electronic background tapestry. On Seven Veils, Rich takes from the Middle East desert tones that speak of slender minarets, ancient landscapes, and the wealth of forgotten nations buried in the fertile crescent. Adding to the richness of this offering, these melodies are not as often sampled as they are played on live instrumentation. Indeed, the instruments of diverse cultures are brought to bear on incarnating these pseudo-Arabic stylings. Guitar, played hauntingly and sparsely, as a flavoring instrument, is prominent. Rich himself plays the lap steel guitar throughout the album, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
Robert Rich is a master alchemist at weaving exotic ethnic sounds onto an ambient electronic background tapestry. On Seven Veils, Rich takes from the Middle East desert tones that speak of slender minarets, ancient landscapes, and the wealth of forgotten nations buried in the fertile crescent. Adding to the richness of this offering, these melodies are not as often sampled as they are played on live instrumentation. Indeed, the instruments of diverse cultures are brought to bear on incarnating these pseudo-Arabic stylings. Guitar, played hauntingly and sparsely, as a flavoring instrument, is prominent. Rich himself plays the lap steel guitar throughout the album, and avant-garde journeyman experimental guitarist David Torn is present on two tracks. The melody is actually most often rising from Rich's bamboo and PVC flutes. Their warm resonance and the human sound of respiring they bring goes far to make this a warm and intimate recording. Subtle but diverse percussion is enhanced with rubber band marimba and dulcimer in setting a foundation for these tracks. The highlight is a 15-minute piece, "The Book of Ecstasy." Over three "chapters," the listener is taken from a lonely percussion introduction sparkling with ghost-like effected treble sounds of guitar and electronics to Torn's sonorous guitar solo. Finally, the listener goes alight in "A Veiled Oasis" where the flute and cello courtesy of Hans Christian of Amoeba mark the boundaries of a cool, moonlit island in a harsh sea of sand. This Muslim psychedelia is a must for every shrinking world audiophile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/1998
  • Label: Hearts Of Space
  • UPC: 025041108621
  • Catalog Number: 11086
  • Sales rank: 174,194

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Rich Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums, Multi Instruments, Sampling, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Bamboo Flute
David Torn Guitar, Electric Guitar
Hans Christian Cello
Forrest Fang Violin
Andrew McGowan Bass
Mark Forry kaval
Technical Credits
Robert Rich Engineer, Contributor, Mastering
Stephen Hill Art Direction
Robert Holmes Cover Photo
Bob Olhsson Mastering
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