Sunyata (Robert Rich album)

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Studio album by Robert Rich
Released 1982
Recorded Winter 1981–82
Genre Ambient, Drone
Length 86:00
Label Soundscape Productions
Hypnos/Soleilmoon Recordings (reissue)
Producer Robert Rich
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2000 CD release
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Sunyata (1982) is the debut album by the American ambient musician Robert Rich. The title refers to the Buddhist concept that all things in the material world are empty of meaning and independence.


This album was recorded during Rich’s studies at Stanford University. Its music is of a slower and more minimal format than most ambient music at that time. With an eighty-six minute running time, it is perhaps the only album to take full advantage of the length of the audio cassette format. The last track on the album is a stormy forty-three minute piece called “Oak Spirit”.

In 1994, the title track, “Sunyata (Emptiness),” was included on the two-disc compilation Trances/Drones. Because of the length restrictions of the compact disc format, when Sunyata was finally released on CD in 2000, this track was omitted.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dervish Dreamtime" – 19:00
  2. "Sunyata (Emptiness)" – 24:00
  3. "Oak Spirit" – 43:00

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