Robert Rich's Asian Journey and A Produce Remembered in Echoes Podcast
Robert Rich is the 11th of 30 Icons of Echoes and has been a fixture on the show from the first day. He’s a polymath who is not only adept at many instruments but many other disciplines. They include audio recording and mastering, wine making and dream theory. He writes poetry, seriously, and he creates beautifully abstract, often primal paintings that you can buy on his website. He’s an artist of questing intellectualism, which is what brought him to the poetry of Tu Fu from the Chinese Tang Dynasty. His Zen-like poems, translated by David Hinton, compelled Rich to create the sensual, ethereal moods of his album, Travelers’ Cloth. But there’s more than that, including Rich’s youthful hippie, techno-futurism, his current anti-humanism and rain drops falling on his head. We talk all about it on Echoes from PRX.
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ROBERT RICH FEATURE PLAYLIST
Robert Rich – Shadow Mist Beneath –Travelers’ Cloth
Robert Rich – Loom of Origins – Travelers’ Cloth
Robert Rich – Writing on Water – Travelers’ Cloth
Robert Rich – High Mountain Shelter – Travelers’ Cloth
Robert Rich – Gaps in the Roof Show Sky – Travelers’ Cloth
Robert Rich – What Is Home” – Travelers’ Cloth
Robert Rich – Memory Like Blowing Sand – Travelers’ Cloth
Robert Rich – Surface – Rainforest
Robert Rich – Footprints in the Rain – Travelers’ Cloth
We look back at A Produce. That was the moniker of Barry Craig. Under the name of A Produce, he made an ethereal brand of techno-tribal ambiences across the 90s and into the 2000s. He died young in 2011.Craigstarted out as a guitarist and even made records with a mid-80s new wave group called After Image. That music was far from the sounds he created a A Produce. And he looked different, completely hairless. He cut a striking figure, but it wasn’t a fashion statement. He had Alopecia. His music is being reissued so Echoes goes back to our 1996 interview with Craig.
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Read John Diliberto’s updated obituary for A Produce.