In the Distance
Arrocata is the moniker for composer Robert Straub. Robert has been an active musician/composer for over 3 decades. Both formally trained and self-taught, Robert's musical interests and influences span a wide spectrum from Jazz, Progressive Rock, Experimental Ambient, Musique Concrete, Electronic to the Classics. Robert intuitively utilizes electronic, acoustic and experimental sounds that have become the basis for most of his work and draws inspiration from the expansive, time-suspending open spaces reflected in the deserts of the American Southwest. This blend of experience and inspiration has enabled Robert to weave a distinctive and sublime sonic experience. In this release, Robert sonically captures the essence of some of his favorite locations in the Sonoran Southwest and he takes you on a journey that will leave you feeling both inspired and tranquil. To put it another way, this set of recordings will transport you to places where primordial time and the present actually co-exist in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Close your eyes and experience the Sonoran Desert with it's blend of mind numbing wide open expanses of raw wilderness, heritage of prehistoric peoples and local lore that still surrounds many these unique locations. ****Review by Dene Bebbington (excerpt) 'Whereas some ambient albums feel like they're taking you on a journey, listening to In the Distance is more like staying in one place while soaking up the atmosphere and surroundings in detail. I've not encountered many albums that mix found sounds and subtle music in such an integral way; the nearest work with any similarity I can think of is OTI's Recollection. A sense of mystery pervades the album, as though the Earth's secrets are providing brief glimpses to the edges of human perception. In the Distance is an absorbing ambient work where the music melds seamlessly with the environmental effects.' ****Review by Hypnagogue web site (excerpt) 'This is an engaging, beautifully constructed work that eases along, unhurried, on textured drones that ripple like heat shimmer.' 'In the Distance' is a superb work that makes it's journey fully and well. Straub uses a restrained hand and allows the pieces to move and grow organically with not so much as a bump in the path to impede the flow. Arrocata's 'In the Distance' is a Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD.' ****Review by Sonic Immersion web site (excerpt) 'The well composed and executed textural sonic content with occasional percussion is highly cinematic and of an overall dreamy, heartfelt and slowly meandering nature. The atmospheric sonic pallet features natural and electronic sounds of which both form and structure slowly shape shift as the ambient journey magically unfolds before the listener's ears. Mystic and desolate feelings are never far away, as they tend to linger on underneath the captivating, nicely sculptured soundscapes in a subtle manner. All in all, "In the Distance" contains 58 minutes of exquisite, high quality desert ambience. ' Commercial licensing available through Pump Audio.