3, 1952 - Atlanta, GA)
Interest in creating music began very early in Richard's life. By
his early teens he was already creating experimental sound compositions.
Several years later he discovered electronic music and the
The United States
where he first heard
cutting edge electronics used in a rock format. He was greatly influenced by that LP and the solo works of Joseph Byrd, which eventually led him to start creating music using primitive synthesizers. Formal training in the arts began in the seventies when he studied drama for four years at the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts. His passion for sound design led him to create soundtracks and scores for several off-Broadway companies working in experimental theater. His atmospheric musical soundscapes were used
by the New York Conservatory in several of their plays and videos.
first official foray into the music business was with a demo that was produced
by Patti Smith's legendary guitarist, Lenny Kaye. Driving forces behind the
demo were Lenny and Danny Fields, both well known in the rock field. For
the next few years Richard performed at locations along the East Coast while
continuing with his theater studies. His first American single was the
45-rpm Pirate the Islands/Headlines Have
It released with his band Bone on his own Rumble Records in
Headlines went on to be covered
by the Dutch band Urban Heroes as their first worldwide single.
second LP also included
another song written by Richard
that would have been
one of four tracks featured on the double 45
Nobody Discos on
that follow up was never released.
His next releases were
two abstract works,
in Video City
Party, both released on very limited cassette by the Los Angeles
based Eurock label.
he joined the legendary band Shox Lumania whose
Live at the Peppermint Lounge
became one of the first releases on the visionary RIOR label. Shox Lumania featured Stephanie Kaye (Lenny Kaye's wife), Anton Sanko (who went on to record Solitude Standing with Suzanne Vega) and Richard on synthesizers. They were a very theatrical band with as much emphasis on choreography
and costume as music. It was the best of both worlds for Richard. The darlings of NYC, it was not uncommon to find everyone from Klaus Nomi, Souixie Souix to David Bowie & Devo in their dressing rooms.
that same time period Richard recorded and released a solo 7" called
Digital Days/Alien Girl on
his own Rumble Records that was quickly picked up by Survival Records in
the UK. While with Survival Records he released two LPs -
Brave Tales and
Exspectacle; four EPs -
The Beat is Elite,
Joy of Radiation,
The Real Swing,
Partytown; two 45s -
Digital Days/Alien Girl
and Joy/Do Angels Dance;
and singles for the Mind &
Report and Art of
Survival compilation. His single of
Joy... reached #1 on the dance charts
in Hong Kong. From 1981 to 1983 he also produced the 7"
Jolene/Who's on Top? for the
band Rubber Rodeo as well as contributing musically on two of their other
releases. In 1983 Richard's video for his single "Alien Girl" was included
on Danspak, an experimental
Sony video. In 1984 he was asked to contribute to the double cassette
called Film Noir - American/European
Style released on Ding Dong Records. His
was entitled "Far From
Yesterday (parts 1&2)"
on that limited edition
compilation cassette. By this time Richard was firmly placed in the British
alternative charts and was even referred to as the American version of Howard Jones
by the British press.
Records continued to move in a dance oriented direction, Richard began to
find his musical interests shifting away from the 80's New Wave club scene
so on his own he recorded several experimental works.
Emerging Melodies (Rumble
Records) was the soundtrack to a video art project that aired
on award-winning cable and broadcast television in America (USA Cable &
Co-Directions in NYC). "Alternate Music for the Hindenberg Lounge" was included
on the American Music Compilation
released by the Eurock label in 1982. That same year Richard also recorded
an experimental concept album
that was never released.
One track from that work however, was used in 1986 on an early AIDS awareness
music video also entitled "Grey Hideaway" - part of a longer video
called "Chance of a Lifetime". Around the mid to late 80's Survival
Records folded and Richard decided to take a break from music for a few
Richard started his own label, Quirkworks Laboratory Discs, allowing him
the freedom to create music of a more experimental nature and remain in control
of his musical direction. His first two releases,
Quirkwork in 1993 and
X Considers Y in 1994,
were somewhat similar to the synth-pop style of his Survival days and were
also the last full-length recordings that featured Richard's vocal work.
The release of the instrumental
Ambiento in 1994 introduced a
new ambient direction for Richard's music.
Vox Orbita in 1995, an upbeat
ambient work full of samples, rhythms and a bit of a Laurie Anderson influence.
The Grace Pro disc Media
Works followed featuring six tracks of Richard's; two from
Vox Orbita, two from Ambiento and two
tracks that were previously unreleased - "Mi Mundo" and "The Deluxe Set".
Richard also contributed tracks in 1995 on two benefit CD's - "Etherea Arriving"
on the Maine Vocals compilation
and "Overstated Papers" (Richard's very last vocal work) on the
Anon compilation. That same year
he also contributed tracks on two
Samplers; #5 contained "X Considers Y"
and an alternate mix
of "El Gato Negro" from
. Sampler #7 contained
"Vox 9" from
and the previously
unreleased "Illicit Behavior".
time his next disc The Eternal
Now was released in 1996, Richard had decided to pursue
instrumental music exclusively.
, containing the two
separate suites "Zone" and "The Millennium Pages", was recorded only after
sunset, by candlelight. His most personal recording, the creation
was the beginning of
Richard's journey into the mystic. While
, he simultaneously
recorded another CD, Metaphysic
Mambo - an upbeat work similar in style
, released on the Reversing
Recordings label. That same year "In the Shadow of Rain", a track
was used on the Russian
compilation Back to the
Universe and an untitled track was used on the Staalplaat
compilation called The Answering
project was to be an EP length recording of electronically structured pieces
. Although the work
was completed, it was never released. In 1997 the mini-compilation
A Survey of Remembered Things was
released containing five tracks of Richard's and four by electronic percussionist
John Orsi. The compilation entitled em:t
1197 from t:me Recording LTD was also released in 1997 and
included "Vox 2.5", an alternate mix of "Vox 2"
Orbita. Also that year, Headcandy Productions released their first
video entitled Sidney's Psychedelic
Adventure that included "Komarov's Fire"
A Survey of Remembered
Richard released the highly acclaimed
Electropica, his homage to
Bossa Nova masters Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa and Joao Gilberto. The
came about from a rather
mystical occurrence at a record store in 1996 causing Richard to devote a
year of his life to the study of 60's bossa nova and the music of Antonio
Carlos Jobim in particular. Also in 1998 Richard began working with Mike
Griffin at Hypnos Recordings. He recorded the track "Via Mycropia" for the
first Hypnos compilation, The Other
World and his next disc, the atmospheric
The Spectral Ships was
released on Hypnos near the end of 1998. That same year he recorded the track
"Murmurio" for the Halcyon Recordings compilation
Oscillations and co-produced
and contributed musically to Mary Zema's
Songs of Early Paradise that was
released on the Quirkworks label.
1999 Richard released the rhythmic
Coxa, his follow-up
This work however, was more influenced by the 60's jazz masters Creed Taylor,
Rudy Van Gelder, Cal Tjader and Dave Pike. Later that year he released his
next atmospheric disc, Ether
on the Hypnos label. The compilation
Distillation, featuring tracks
from earlier Quirkworks releases plus two unreleased ambient works was also
released in 1999 on the Halcyon Recordings label. The Electroshock
compilation Electroacoustic Music V
3 was released that year as well and included a track by Richard
entitled "Elusia, I Can See!"
by the Ascension Schools and the beat poets, was released August 15, 2000
concluding the trilogy that began in 1998
Well received by fans and radio
quickly reached and
held the #1 spot on the New Age Voice Top 100 charts for two months, remaining
in the Top 10 for 4 consecutive months. The November 2000 issue of New Age
Voice magazine included an interview with Richard as their featured artist
Ambient Visions conducted
an in depth interview with Richard that was released November 30,
Richard's next ambient
inspired by ancient Toltec philosophy
travels to the Mayan/Toltec
ruins in Mexico was released April 3,
made its debut at #6
on the New Age Voice Top 100 for April 2001 airplay and remained in the Top
10 for two months.
Tales from the
marks the first release
for INDIUM, an ambient division of Quirkworks Laboratory Discs. In May of
2001, Richard released his first D.A.M. CD,
which included previously
unreleased tracks from
Tales from the
as well as several other
unreleased tracks exclusively at
next rhythmic recording
Disorient, was released March 5, 2002 on the
Quirkworks label. Shortly after its
made its debut at #1
on the New Age Voice Top 100 charts and remained there for two consecutive
months. In April 2002 Richard completed the re-recording of "Joy of Radiation",
a vocal track he first recorded in 1983. This track was going to be featured
on a tribute site devoted to the Survival artists of the early eighties,
but the project never materialized. In June of 2002 an agreement was reached
between Richard and Lyra Studios making available twenty-two downloadable
tracks as background music for the multiplayer online role-playing
Underlight. Richard's latest ambient CD
Indium, was released by Electroshock Records
on Dec. 10, 2002. In addition to several previously unreleased
tracks, this CD also contains a thirty minute piece Richard included
on a limited release ambient video also entitled
a multi-artist compilation organized by the Japanese label Windfarm Records,
was released June 1, 2003. This disc included Richard's track "Dzibana" from
his CD Tales from the Incantina. On August 10,
Alternate Realities was released on
the Spiralight label featuring nine alternate mixes and unreleased tracks
of Richard's work. This CD made the #11
position on the New Age Reporter charts for September
airplay, the Backroad's Music and Wind and Wire lists of Top Recordings
for 2003 and the Star's End list of significant releases of 2003 among other
Richard's next rhythmic recording was The Reality
Temples that released June 30, 2004 on the Spiralight label. This disc
debuted at the #6 position on the New Age Reporter Top 100 chart for August
airplay and was nominated for the 2004 NAR Lifestyle Music Awards' Best Electronic Album.
released Untold Tales on April 15th
-- a CD of nineteen previously unheard vocal demo tracks Richard recorded
during his early Survival years of 1979 - 85. Other 2004 projects included
a various artist compilation CD from Spiralight Recordings called
Ambienism Vol. One featuring a new track
by Richard entitled "Stillness Repeating" that was released March 15,
On September 20, 2005 Richard released Saiyuji, the final recording of the trilogy begun with Disorient and The Reality Temples. Saiyuji
quickly climbed the New Age Reporter Top 10 charts and was nominated for the 2005 NAR Lifestyle
Music Awards' Best Ambient Album.
Richard released Vesperia (Music for Vespers at the First Congregational Church of Holliston, Massachusetts) on May 2, 2006 and a limited edition DVD entitled The Vesperia Videos shortly
thereafter. His ambient recording Serene Life of Microbes was released October 17, 2006 on the AD Music label.
In March of 2007 Richard released Via Poetica, a collaboration with poet/vocalist Lisa Indish, and Experiments '80-'82, a limited edition
selected tracks from his cassette only 1980 recordings Life
in Video City and Quiz Party along with three tracks he contributed to the 1982 American Music Compilation LP. Richard also completed a recording of new material entitled Infinite
Plastic Creation that released September 10, 2007 and was awarded
the 2007 NAR Lifestyle Music Awards' Best Electronic Album. Two additional recordings, Connection Failed - a
collection of previously unreleased ambient tracks created as backing tracks
for collaborations and Songs From The Analog Attic
- a collection of unreleased vocal works recorded between 1992 and 1998, were
also made available just before the end of 2007.
Projects of 2008 included
a DVD & soundtrack CD release entitled Short Waves - Brief
Excursions in Surreal Video that released March 20, 2008 and an ambient recording entitled Sudden Departure that was released September 16, 2008. Sudden Departure has just been nominated the 2008 NAR Lifestyle
Music Awards' Best Ambient and Best Electronic Album.
Richard released the ambient work The Ghosts of Hanton Village on September 15, 2009. His next recording was in March 2010 when he released his first iTunes application Mind Environs and a 3-track EP of the same name. On October 19, 2010 a CD of archival tracks entitled Beleaguered Blossoms (selected artifacts 1993-2009) was released. Late October 2010 also saw the release of the Christmas album ChristmasAD - The First Snow that included two of Richard's holiday tracks.
More recent projects have included a May 2011 release that featured remixes of selected tracks of Richard's music assembled by Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi entitled Adaptors, and a July 2011 release of new material entitled XesseX.
A collection entitled Anthology became available as a download only release March 25, 2013 and a recording of all new material, Images From A Parallel World released April 24, 2013 -- both on the AD Music label. A forthcoming vinyl EP entitled Cranium Fizz will be available August 2013 and a CD of new material, Vertical Life, is expected to be released early 2014 on the Quirkworks label.
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