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How to Tell Apart all the Ambient Minimal Composers Whose Names All Start with “R”

Robert Rich, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Steve Roach!

Seriously what the fuck is up with that? What kind of obscure conspiracy could possibly BENEFIT from such blatant last-name manipulation? What’s Their ANGLE?!?


Robert rich –  one of the early early drone guys. did “overnight performances” where the audience was supposed to sleep. Not only does his name have TWO “r”s,  but also, he has actually done collaborations with Steve Roach, which is just further proof of The  “R” Conspiracy.

Main song: Somnium.

Looks like : steve jobs.


Terry riley        –   Psychedelic synth guy, kind of tripped out , shrill , and irritating

Main song:  “rainbow in curved air.”

Looks like: dumbledore


Steve Reich – modern classical minimalist and tapeloop guy. The best of the bunch!

Main songs: “music for 18 musicians”, and “come out.”

Looks like: any CEO on casual Friday, dockers and baseball hat.


Steve roach – new agey faux native American drums and synths, meditation stuff, but super thick walls of epically reverbed synths. Again, he even has the same FIRST NAME as  another “R” guy.  It’s like They are DARING us to call them on their Conspiracy!!!

Main album: Dreamtime Return

Looks like: Stephen King with a bird’s nest on his head. Giant eyebrows.


4 Comments so far

  1. Rick December 11th, 2013 3:08 pm

    I feel the EXACT same way about “Klaus Schulze” (Prog rock that was OK in the 70s, but turned to utter shit in the 80s) and “Paul Schütze” (Much more interesting ambient/minimal artist)

  2. Massimo December 15th, 2013 12:30 pm

    Hiya dudy dude.
    Minimal is bliss.
    Sent u a couple mails to
    mobile and pc but they bounced back.
    And your Skype might be dead.

  3. 古山田咲郎 December 23rd, 2013 5:22 am

    Excuse me for being off topic, Schultz, but it appears that Kanjidamage has stopped working once more. Trying to access the homepage just gives me “application error”-s. Hope you find the time to fix this.
    Merry Christmas, dude!

  4. sephim December 24th, 2013 2:36 am

    Works for me, 古山田咲郎

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