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Robert Scott Thompson
Total Time: 50:59
Record Label: Aucourant Records
Catalog Number: AUREC 8200
UPC: 649783820025
Type: PRO CD-R
Released: 2000


“Pardon my Echoplex!”

The “dream society” musings of a twenty-something during the “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. Computer generated sounds do appear (don’t tell ~frm) and these were created at the Computer Audio Research Laboratory of the Center for Music Experiment in La Jolla.

This recording was originally released on cassette only – and is newly presented for people interested in collecting RST’s early work.

Cytizen presents a collection of instrumental electronica in the avant-garde, post-modern pop style. Tracks presented on the disc were recorded during a five year period beginning in 1981 and ending in 1984. Influences from the cutting edge of pop music can heard combined with avant-garde and electroacoustic sensibilities.

When recordings cross stylistic boundaries, as Cytizen does, it becomes difficult for reviewers to categorize the music. Some listeners have remarked that they have never heard a recording that sounded like this one. High praise for an iconoclastic and individualistic work that brought a new voice to contemporary instrumental electronica.

This is a new release and is, in a way, an archival one. Fans of RST's music will be interested in this work as it brings a new perspective to considering his total output as a composer of contemporary music.


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

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