Ambient composer ROBERT RICH is one of the cardinal artists of Hearts of Space. We started working with him in the 1970s when we were still a local radio program and he had yet to release his first cassette recording. (You do remember cassettes, don't you?) From his early experiments with home-made analog synthesizers and extended improvisations to his mature masterpieces, Robert Rich and Hearts of Space have grown and developed together for over 30 years.
We did a retrospective program of Robert's music at the turn of the millennium, covering his recordings from the 1980's to 2000. Since then, not only has he been extraordinarily productive, in 2007 he released his own compilation of his previous work. Rather than a simple retrospective selection, he composed new pieces, modified or remixed others, and tied the music to a remarkable DVD art film in surround sound called ATLAS DEI, produced with digital artist and filmmaker DANIEL COLVIN.
The film is described as "a lyrical journey through time and space into the mystery of our cosmos...weaving the strands of science, myth, and poetic vision into an eloquent tapestry of the human enigma."