Live Interview on UltimateAV, Monday 1/24/01, 1:30-2:30 PM PST
by on January 23, 2011 in Recent Activity

Robert Rich will be chatting live with Scott Wilkinson via Skype for web broadcast this Monday. You can watch/listen live at from 1:30 to 2:30 Pacific time. Then, the podcast will be posted probably on Tuesday or Wednesday at; also on iTunes (look for Home Theater Geeks podcast). The audio will also be available on Scott Wilkinson’s website,, on Wednesday.

9 Responses to Live Interview on UltimateAV, Monday 1/24/01, 1:30-2:30 PM PST

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  2. Leo says:

    Very interesting conversation! It is a pity that it ended so quickly. I was in chatroom, but my question remained unanswered :(. Can I ask here?

    You was always my favorite composer (and remain), and through your collaboration albums, I discovered many great composers like Steve Roach, Alio Die, Ian Boddy etc. And then I found, that these artists work with each other. So is it true, that old-school ambient composers like a big family?

    Did you work with Dirk Serries (Vidna Obmana)? I noticed, that one of his album (“The Spiritual Bonding”) contain track (called “From Stepping Stone”) with your flute. Have you ever planned to make a collaboration album (with Dirk Serries)? I heard you are good friends.

  3. admin says:

    Hello Leo! Of course you can ask questions here. No problem. To a certain extent, yes, we are a big family. Most of us in the “old school” ambient scene remain friends, even if we don’t work together so often. Indeed I did contribute to Dirk’s album “Spiritual Bonding.” I have not seen Dirk in several years, but we enjoy the chances to meet.

  4. tam says:

    Hey, Robert. That was interesting what you said about subtracting an mp3 from a wav, and hearing what was left out. How would you do that with a free program? Or could you post a sample resultant wav? Would that break a speaker to play all the left out low and high frequencies?

  5. admin says:

    Hi Joe! It won’t harm the speakers at all. Remember that the information was in the original wave, just missing from the mpMP3. The original didn’t do any harm, right? You can try this experiment with any software that allows you to flip the wave upside-down (invert it.) Audacity is a free program that will let you do things like that. The trick is to line up the two files (original WAV and subsequent MP3) exactly to the same sample start point, flip one of them, then sum the results. What’s leftover is the difference between the two files. It will be very quiet, but it will contain the content missing from the MP3.

  6. tamahome says:

    Wow, I found that to be a hard experiment. Even with 2 sine waves, with one inverted, if I time shifted one of the waves up one period, there was no way to get complete silence in audacity in the mix down.

  7. admin says:

    Glad you tried it! Indeed it’s tricky. That’s why I give it as a homework assignment to my mastering class. You have to zoom in to highest resolution, align the waves visually then use the curser to nudge the wave one sample at a time until it’s the quietest you can get it. With the wave vs. MP3 test, there’s always some residual, never silent. I bet with two sine waves you can nudge them to silence with effort.

  8. Jussi Piekkala says:

    The podcast page cited above evidently is for the current show only.

    The podcast with featuring Robert is to be found at the following address:

  9. Hi Robert! My compliments for the music!

    I’m a composer of ambient music too from Italy!

    Can i ask you something?

    What would you suggest to a young composer like me for create ambient music in the better way possible?

    Thank you again and my compliments for your music very relaxing and dreaming!

    See you soon! 😀

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