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Robert Scott Thompson
Total Time: 72:00
Record Label: Aucourant Records
Catalog Number: AUREC 9904
UPC: 649783990421
Type: PRO CD-R
Released: 1998


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 ambient recordings, Siren (Ambient), Music for a Summer Evening, Manifold and Frozen LIght, Sapphire adds to an important sub-genre within ambient music. Peaceful and serene, the music on this album is comprised of piano sounds and is composed using musical stochastics.

Though the work is technical in its construction and execution, the music provides a splendid backdrop to a long twilight. This is a perfect ambient music; compelling, evocative and strange in nuance yet able to blend perfectly into the sonic landscape. This recording can be listened to with rapt attention in headphones, for example, or in a variety of "ambient" and antiphonal settings.

Beautifully recorded, mixed and spatialized in enveloping dynamic. Totally enveloping "thinking music."

Sapphire was remastered for re-release in 2007.

Visionary Minimalism

When music reaches your innermost soul even the silence between the notes leaves a poignant impression. Such is the way this masterful work from one of the leading lights of the atmospheric ambience affects me. Sapphire is indeed a treasure of simplicity and visionary minimalism.

Sapphire is a long-form ambient work based on piano (with treatments). It was apparently created in a single recording session. The flow is gentle, inspirational and sustained, and punctuated by short moments of silence. This is music that is perfect for contemplation or meditation, or simply playing in the background when concentration is needed elsewhere.

~ Rhys Buckingham


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