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“Pardon my Echoplex!”

The “dream society” musings of a twenty-something during his “stochastic guitar” period.

Recorded from 1981 to 1984 on a variety of slow-speed, narrow-format analog tape recorders (4 and 8 channel) and mixed on a “console” (don’t ask), these instrumental tracks were composed at the dawn of the MIDI era (very primitivo), when digital editing was merely a “twinkle in the eye” of the artist.

All editing was done on the multi-track during these “punch-happy-spot-erasing” days and MIDI sequencing was not used. Computer generated sounds do appear however (don’t tell ~frm), and these were created at the Computer Audio Research Laboratory of the Center for Music Experiment in La Jolla.

These recordings were originally released on cassette only (the CD had not been introduced of course) – and are newly presented here for people interested in collecting RST’s early work.


Cytizen is an early work of instrumental electronica from the creative genius, Robert Scott Thompson. Robert recorded this set in 1982 and re-released it in 2000 after remastering. (He put this collection of older material together for fans and for personal nostalgia.) During that 18 year span, he has been at the forefront of the cutting edge of technological developments in electronic music. Given the avant-garde and experimental textures of this album, it is justifiable to credit him with the introduction - if not the invention - of some of the techniques. The tones and echoes of this music, almost ancient by new millennium standards, are still heard in many of today's modern digital recordings.” - Jim Brenholts


released May 21, 1984


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The term musical alchemist best describes modern music composer Robert Scott Thompson. Combining his mastery of the electroacoustic, contemporary instrumental, and avant-garde genres into a swirling cohesive whole, he is an important pioneer on music's new frontier.

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