Who is Robert Carty? He is an unsigned electronic music composer/musician who
currently produces what is likely the best ambient space music available anywhere.
Well, sort of available -- since Robert makes his releases to order in the
form of CD-Rs (these CD-Rs are inexpensive and their packaging looks professional
except for the fact that the disc labels and insides of the inserts are printed
from a computer printer). That said, however, his music is now available from such
distributors as hypnos.com
and Groove Unlimited -- despite the fact
that Robert Carty does not as yet have a record contract!
(Robert used to make his CD-Rs with hand-painted designs on the disc and trays
themselves, and then he switched to painting them onto a label and trays, but now
that his music is carried by some distributors and demand has increased, he has
switched to creating paintings that he photographs and prints onto labels, while
leaving the trays unadorned. I guess he feels it is better to spend more time on
making music than CD-R packagings, now that more people are obtaining his discs.
Probably a good guess!)
If you are worried that Robert Carty's music is sappy (and/or) New Age, don't be. His is
majestic space music along the lines of Jonn Serrie.
For those unfamiliar with Serrie, a comparison to perhaps Brian Eno
and David Parsons might be helpful, but whereas those artists tend to be ambient
without melody (or sometimes even rhythm), Carty almost unfailingly employs melody
lines in his music -- much in the way that Richard Burmer does, but in a looser,
less hook-oriented fashion.
Carty's music has things in common with that of Jeff
Greinke and Tetsu Inoue, but his is gentler and less alienating, even in the
case of his recent quasi-dark ambient works ("Darklight" being the prime example),
which, strangely, harken to the bleak yet organic soundscapes of The
Robert Carty's music doesn't only appeal to the ambient music, space music, and
New Age music crowds, either. Tangerine Dream fans
tend to like his music, too. For example, such high-profile fans as Lars Jones,
Vic Rek, and Steven Feldman all count Robert Carty discs among their CD collections --
and no, it's not because they like TD's Deadly Care, Beyond
the Storm, Zoning, Transsiberia, or the Hollywood Years CDs. :)