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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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Forgotten Places (with James Johnson) Forgotten Places (with James Johnson)
Robert Scott Thompson has spent a great deal of time in the “perpendicular universe.” James Johnson has been flirting with that zone for quite some time. On Forgotten Places, they make that journey together. The long-awaited collaboration between Robert and James is now available! And it is a sonic treasure! Robert’s recent focus has been on his experimental and computerized avant-garde sound designs. James has blossomed into one of the ...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, “Sounds may become enchanted, imbued with enriched nuance, essentially changed and transformed ... A common thread which connects these works is the notion of illusion; whether borne of dreams, hallucinations, memories or the creative imagination. My goal in creating music of this type is to open a view into sound-worlds which are com...more
The Silent Shore The Silent Shore
Considered by many critics to be a "classic" in the modern ambient genre, The Silent Shore has received numerous published accolades. This disc is cherished by connoisseurs of the genre and is a landmark recording in the opus of Robert Scott Thompson. The Silent Shore has established Robert Scott Thompson as a leading figure in the ambient and electronic music scene and has been heard worldwide in broadcast. The disc is currently available in its original pa...more
At the Still Point of the Turning World At the Still Point of the Turning World
At the Still Point of the Turning World was originally released in early 2005 on the Hypnos Label.  Following in the trend of RST's other ambient recordings, this album presents a fine collection of superbly crafted minimalist ambient works.
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Pendere Pendere
Pendere covers a large range of creative output from the composer Robert Scott Thompson. Not intended to be a “greatest hits” package - the tracks appearing on Pendere represent both new material and old. For anyone new to Thompson’s work this would be a good start - but there is much that would be missed if the listener stopped here. Robert Scott Thompson has been heralded as ‘one of the most overlooked composers in the Ambient genre today.&rs...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 previous EMF CD ‘Acousma’ - Sanctum incorporates a diverse collection of raw sound sources edited, processed, re-synthesized and morphed into nine distinct tracks. Sound sources include crotales, metallics, vocal sounds and violoncello. With Sanctum, Robert Scott Thompson once...more
Cloud Gazing ~ Visual Music Works Volume One Cloud Gazing ~ Visual Music Works Volume One
These intermedia works are predicated on the notion of “kinetic electronic painting.” The video has become almost completely subverted as an artistic medium by television, and essentially languishes as a means of reportage - however obtuse the content may be. Yet, the techniques of digital image manipulation are highly congruent with those of electroacoustic music composition and sound processing - with the use of filtering, modulation, time and spectrum manipulations, and ...more
Poesis Athesis Poesis Athesis
Poesis Athesis marks the debut release on Lens Records from internationally acclaimed composer Robert Scott Thompson. Having originally worked together in the mid-80’s, Chi Kung Master Terrence Dunn (an admirer of Robert’s music) once again contacted Thompson to compose music for his current series of video releases. Thompson composed the music to work specifically with the pace, mood and dynamics of the Flying Phoenix form of Chi Kung. The collaboration eventually span...more
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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
Ghost Words Ghost Words
GHOST WORDS is a concert suite of electroacoustic music in four movements, originally composed for world premiere presenta...more
Footsteps Footsteps
There is much we know, and do not know, about the past and the future...

As an avant-garde twenty-first century expression of electronic music, Footsteps d...more
Blue Day Blue Day

Blue Day is one of the finest of Robert\'s ambient discs. Stylistically related to The Silent Shore and <...more

Elemental Elemental
Four electroacoustic works composed in 2009 and 2010. The disc features Out of the Vivid Air, Waters of Cabeus (A), Shin...more

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