Electronic musician and multi-instrumentalist Random Rab releases his eleventh full-length album, Formless Edge, on June 16, 2017.
As a cornerstone figure in the West Coast electronic community, Random Rab sought to evolve his style in his new album.
“I’ve been approaching my electronic sound in a new way, focusing on analog frequencies and fidelity. As opposed to simply computer generated tones, I treat electronic sound like an instrument. I pull digital sounds into the analog realm to bring up the resolution and bring it back in so it’s actually a pristine analog recording” explains Rab.
In the process of writing the fifteen finalized tracks of Formless Edge, Rab composed his songs with recordings from nature as well as instruments such as the guzheng (21 string Chinese harp), tan bo and lei bo (Chinese guitars), a 100 year old piano, duduk, tambura, and other more familiar Western instruments. Vocals by Rab himself as well as guest collaborators also add elements of introspection and dreaminess, particularly in “Heavenly Light” and “Repose.”
In support of the new album, Random Rab will tour this summer with ten cities across North America and Hungary.
Jun 08-11 EarthRythms Festival, MN
Jun 16 Sonic Bloom Festival, CO
Jun 17 Playthink Festival, KY
Jun 22-25 Big Surreal Festival, CA
Jul 01-02 5 Points Gathering, CA
Jul 15 Northern Nights Festival, CA
Aug 1-6 O.Z.O.R.A Festival, Hungary
Aug 11-14 Shambhala Festival, BC
Aug 18-21 Global Eclipse Gathering, OR
Sep 1-4 Burning Man Festival, NV
Formless Edge Track List:
1.Gimme That Hope
3.A Little More Free (listen)
5.Parallels (feat. Lapa)
8.Redacter (feat. Lapa)
9.Formulates in Darkness (feat. Kyrstyn Pixton)
11.Bodhicitta (feat. Rigzin)
12.Time Reel (feat. Lapa)
14.Sepulcher (feat. Jason Kalidas)
15.Repose (feat. Peia)
This is a sample of Parallels which I wrote with @thisislapa (track 5 from new album) We set up 2 independent studio stations in my warehouse and with Ableton Link were able to build this song by "jamming" our productions in sync. This is truly the newest revolutionary approach to collaboration and it was a blast to do it this way. The video is a sample of the artwork I made with ink and water. #formlessedge