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Robert Scott Thompson
R.S.T is a master artist, a whimsical sorcerer of sound, a designer of dreams made of pure vibration. It would be hard to listen to his work and not immediately recognize the genius behind it.
~ Aristodemos Pierides


Robert Scott Thompson is one of those criminally unsung electronic musicians versatile enough to embrace everything from fragile atmospherica to computer-based electroacoustic music.
~ Darren Bergstein


One of the most overlooked composers working in the Ambient genre today!
 
~ The Organization of Sound

Thompson is one of the first generation of composers who grew up with the disparate worlds of C++ and UNIX along with The Dead Kennedys, Blondie, Boulez, Joji Yuasa and Robert Fripp. In other words, whatever you'd like to call him, you have to hyphenate your descriptive (sorry folks, "Slash" is already taken by a quarterback as well as a guitarist!) Unlike so many of the abject failures who pose as composers yet hide behind the artifice of compositional process and the easy enticements of technology, Thompson leads with his ears (which are excellent). That's probably why his music SOUNDS so good - many young composers would do well to emulate his example.

~ Sebastian Winston
 
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The term musical alchemist best describes modern music composer Robert Scott Thompson. Combining his mastery of the electroacoustic, contemporary instrumental, and avant-garde genres into a swirling cohesive whole, he is an important pioneer on music's new frontier. Hailed as one of the most important composers working in electroacoustic, acousmatic and classical ambient music today, he has produced and published seminal work since 1976.

Influences as diverse as Chopin and Satie, Stockhausen, Varèse and Cage, and Bowie and Eno can be heard in Robert's music. Robert's first love is the electronic music synthesizer, but he is also an expressive vocalist, instrumentalist, video artist, computer musician, sound designer and film composer.
 
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Thompson is a composer of both instrumental and electroacoustic music and is currently Professor of Music Composition at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He earned the B.Mus. degree from the University of Oregon and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). His primary teachers include Bernard Rands, Roger Reynolds, Joji Yuasa, and F. Richard Moore.

He has created work in a wide variety of forms ranging from chamber and orchestral music to works for the virtuoso soloist, electroacoustic music, and video and performance art. He is the recipient of several prizes and distinctions for his music including the First Prize in the 2003 Musica Nova Competition (Czech Republic), the First Prize in the 2001 Pierre Schaeffer Competition (Italy) and awards in the XVI Concorso Internazionale "Luigi Russolo" (Italy), Irino Prize Foundation Competition for Chamber Music (Japan), and Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (France) - including the Commande Commission 2007, among others.

He was a Research Assistant of the Center for Music Experiment (CME) Computer Audio Research Lab (CARL) during the 1980s, assisting significant composers in the realization of advanced computer music works.  In 1991, he was named a Fulbright Fellow and Research Scholar by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars  (CIES) and was Composer in Residence at the Danish Institute of Electroacoustic Music (DIEM) where he collaborated on fundamental research in computer music and composed the long-form acousmatic work - The Strong Eye.  More recently (2007), he was Composer in Residence at the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique (France, 2007) composing the IMEB Commande Commission.

Over the years, RST has become increasingly well known internationally for his instrumental and electroacoustic works, often commissioned by prestigious organizations, ensembles and instrumentalists, and also for his many recordings which have been broadcast worldwide. His work has been presented in numerous important festivals such as  the Koriyama Bienalle (Japan), Sound (Scotland), Presences (France), Synthese (France), Sonorities (Northern Ireland), ICMC, SEAMUS and the Cabrillo Music Festival (California), and has been broadcast on Radio France, BBC, NHK, ABC, WDR, NPR and numerous other networks around the world. His music is published on recordings by EMF Media, Neuma, Drimala, Capstone, Hypnos, Oasis/Mirage, Groove, Lens, Space for Music, Zero Music, Twelfth Root, Relaxed Machinery and Aucourant record labels (among others), and in print by American Composers Alliance (American Composers Edition) and Aucourant Media Productions.



 

Robert Scott Thompson's music binds to your DNA coil with the tenacity of a barnacle. Every time you return to one of his CDs some voice lost in the tedium of time screams through your spine with the gelid insistence of an Antarctic blizzard, demanding that you write a tumultuous review that will drive the ambient loving public to proclaim him as the Pukka. Just listen to 'Cloud Cover' and the surging climax will propel your consciousness to merge with the quiddity that seeps into the rubber pumpkin in your head.

The new album arrived yesterday, and those nasty mosquitoes that jabbered in my dreams about evil bees in cheese have vanished. The Pukka, ladies and gentlemen, has delivered another balm wrapped in an ambient calm.

RST's music swoops upon those who bare their mazard to listen. Those last movements break upon the imagination like dream typhoons splashed by multi-colored orisons from distant galaxies.
~ Rabelais
 
Contact:
SKYPE: robert_scott_thompson
rst [at] aucourantrecords [dot] com



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Motets for Michelangelo Motets for Michelangelo
Motets for Michelangelo is conceived as a long-form ambient electroacoustic composition in eight sections and is intended for continuous playback at relatively low volume. Based on a field recording of wind in trees, forming the background sound structure for the composition, the work is a tribute to the late auteur Michelangelo Antonioni.
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Improbable Pianos Improbable Pianos
Improbable Pianos marks the release of some of Robert Scott Thompson’s earliest professionally realized works. All of these tracks were written during his days as a Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and were recorded exclusively in the digital domain. Now remastered and released for the first time - in some cases more than 20 years after the date of their composition. The tracks on Impr...more
Sidereal (Continuous) Sidereal (Continuous)
The incomprehensibly vast distances of intergalactic space are continuously permeated by a subtle auditory ambience of shifting drones, elegantly gestured events and unique rhythms. Radio astronomy and SETI (among other scientific discoveries) have confirmed and given voice to this splendid background noise whose origin and meaning is impossible to fathom.

This recording does not use any sounds of extraterrestrial origin, yet it does allude to the...more
Sidereal (Discrete) Sidereal (Discrete)
The incomprehensibly vast distances of intergalactic space are continuously permeated by a subtle auditory ambience of shifting drones, elegantly gestured events and unique rhythms. Radio astronomy and SETI (among other scientific discoveries) have confirmed and given voice to this splendid background noise whose origin and meaning is impossible to fathom.

This recording does not use any sounds of extraterrestrial origin, yet it does allude to the...more
The Wind at Beni Midar The Wind at Beni Midar
The Wind at Beni Midar was originally composed in the early 1980's and was subsequently entirely revised in 1989 and editorially revised in 1998. This work is inspired by the short story of the same title from Paul Bowles' "A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard."

This book spans four tales of contemporary life in a land where alternative means are sought as a way out of the phenomenological world. The composition itself strains the notion of...more
Tre Passagio Tre Passagio
Tre Passagio - Homage to Ingmar Bergman is a musical tribute to filmmaking giant Ingmar Bergman. These closely related works of electroacoustic music are similar in style to the sounds found on the groundbreaking recordings Sanctum and Acousma. Utilizing state-of-the-art synthesis and signal processing techniques, Robert Scott Thompson fashions vivid soundscapes of rare beauty and intelligence.
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Ghost Words Ghost Words
GHOST WORDS is a concert suite of electroacoustic music in four movements, originally composed for world premiere presentation at the SOUND Festival of New Music in Aberdeen, Scotland, on November 15, 2008. The concert premiere presented the work in multi-channel surround and this new studio recording is a stereo realization of the original concert mix.

Though abstract in character, there's nevertheless an openness a...more
Music for Strings Music for Strings
Four works of contemporary music for string instruments including the 'cello sextet The Wind at Beni Midar, originally composed in 1989.

Re-mastered in 2007.
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FEATURED RELEASES

The Strong Eye The Strong Eye
Robert Scott Thompson, an acknowledged leader in the field of computer music composition, has produced a the long-form work, THE STRONG EYE, conceived as a ...more
Sapphire Sapphire
A long-form ambient composition, Sapphire is a work comprised of one long, developmental track of over 60 minutes. Similar to RST's other long-from amb...more
Acousma (2CD Set) Acousma (2CD Set)
What does ‘acousma’ mean? It refers to a form of auditory hallucination, the sensation of hearing imaginary sounds. Robert Scott Thompson writes, “Sound...more
Sanctum Sanctum
Sanctum marks the 2nd release on EMF Media from composer Robert Scott Thompson. Again working in the field of electroacoustic music - much like his p...more
Ghost Words Ghost Words
GHOST WORDS is a concert suite of electroacoustic music in four movements, originally composed for world premiere presenta...more

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