Numena

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Numena
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Studio album by
Released1987
Recorded1985–86 in Palo Alto, California
GenreAmbient
Length53:14
LabelMultimood
ProducerRobert Rich
Robert Rich chronology
Inner Landscapes
(1987)
Numena
(1987)
Rainforest
(1989)
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Numena (1987) is an album by the American ambient musician Robert Rich. This is the most active solo album Rich had released by this time. It features the use of a variety of acoustic percussion instruments and just intonation for the first time in Rich’s career.

The longest and most complicated track on the album is a piece called “The Other Side of Twilight”. It consists of two movements, each with a different gamelan-inspired electronic sequence and natural ambience.

This is also the first Robert Rich album to be originally released on compact disc. In 1997 Numena was bound in a two disc set with the album Geometry.

Note[edit]

Prior to the release of this album a shorter alternate version of “The Other Side of Twilight” was broadcast on the National Public Radio program Music from the Hearts of Space.

Track listing[edit]

  1. ”The Other Side of Twilight” – 25:04
  2. ”Moss Dance” – 5:40
  3. Numen” – 11:51
  4. ”The Walled Garden” – 10:31