Robert Rich – Nest

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Nest-Memories of Wandering-I mp4 streaming with 308 kbps multichannel sound

Streaming in stereo on Bandcamp

Is also part of the Blu-ray (BD-R) ‘Robert Rich 2012 – 2016’

This is the full resolution 24 bit 48 kHz 5.1 master and 24 bit 96 kHz stereo master, with all of the pieces flowing together as on the original. Please look at the CUE list in the bonus items for timing between the sections (you can drop this CUE file into a player like Foobar2000 or VLC for full access to the song breakpoints).


A revery of landscape and internal spaces.

Maleny, Queensland Australia. February is summertime in this subtropical paradise. I heard dripping sounds late at night, on the wooden deck and leaves nearby, sparse percussion among cicadas and chirping tree frogs. I assumed it was condensation from morning’s light rain. Next day, I looked up to see these drops coming from foamy packets suspended in forked twigs among the foliage. Tiny dots of frog eggs filled each frothy airborne puddle. These tree frogs had circumvented an amphibian’s need for standing water for their young to mature. They created their own diaphanous ponds in the leaf canopy, strong enough to stay intact as eggs hatched and tadpoles developed lungs and legs, yet porous enough to absorb and retain moisture from the light summer rains. To me it seemed miraculous.

Nest represents unfinished business for me. It’s an album that might have come from my childhood, from a hidden quiet place. I rarely make such calm music. Nest folds inward like a nurturing cushion; yet it never sits motionless, it evolves towards a kernel of revelation with slow searching energy.

Nest began with recordings from the eastern Australian bush, when I was on tour in February 2012. I often incorporate natural sounds into my music, but this music wanted to live entirely in outdoor soundscapes, surrounded by a subdued yet palpable sense of life. This texture resembles my earliest releases like Sunyata, Trances and Drones, where the natural world integrates completely with the music.

I approach these juxtapositions of music and nature recordings with caution, as they risk sounding trite. For me, the combination works best when the music retains an attentive, submissive quality. For an album like this, I remove so much material during creation that I struggle to leave any music at all. Each note serves primarily to outline its own absence, to create an illusion of silence.

Like much of my music, Nest also explores tuning systems, including just intonation. Over time I have become more relaxed about tuning, shifting where the instruments sound most natural. Nest navigates towards harmonic intervals when piano is absent, toward equal temperament when piano dominates, searching for a certain fragile balance.

Robert Rich – August 2012

released October 1, 2012

Robert Rich: piano, flutes, lap steel guitar, MOTM modular, glass and copper bells.
Environments recorded February 2012 in Broken Head NSW and Maleny QLD, Australia.

Thanks to 2C Audio, Apple, Audio Damage, Izotope, Synthesis Technology, Flux.
Custom lap steel guitar by Todd Plummer. For warm hospitality in Oz: Simon, Paul, Andrew & Kate, George, Nev & Louise, Rod & Thea, Kevin & Claire, many others. Of course, Dixie.
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Graphics and design by John Bergin, additional photos by Robert & Dixie Rich

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