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Urdu was an experimental pop music group that formed in California, United States in 1983. It was a trio consisting of ambient musician and multi-instrumentalist Robert Rich, guitarist Rick Davies and bassist Andrew McGowan. This group marked the culmination of a five-year period of experimental collaborations between Rich and Davies. Davies once described Urdu's style as "loud, angular glurp music", glurp being a term used by Rich to describe his vocabulary of seemingly organic sounds.
They performed several concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of their last performances as Urdu was a live radio broadcast in 1984. Some of their accumulated recordings were released as a self-titled cassette album the following year.
In the years that followed, Rich received increased attention for his solo ambient work. In 1992 Robert Rich and Andrew McGowan formed a quartet called Amoeba. In 1994 Robert Rich and Rick Davies formed a second version of Amoeba.
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