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Biography: Robin Storey. Aka Rapoon.

Robin Storey was born in 1955 in Cumbria, England. While studying fine arts at Sunderland University, he began pursuing a long-held interest in sound manipulation by taking classes in electronic and experimental composition,
additionally joining with friends to perform the wor… Read More
Biography: Robin Storey. Aka Rapoon.

Robin Storey was born in 1955 in Cumbria, England. While studying fine arts at Sunderland University, he began pursuing a long-held interest in sound manipulation by taking classes in electronic and experimental composition,
additionally joining with friends to perform the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen (a key influence, as were the Krautrock bands of the early 1970s). In 1979 Storey formed the pioneering industrial group :zoviet*france:, remaining a member until 1992: The same year Storey issued the first Rapoon album, Dream Circle, its entrancing fusion of Indian ragas, African rhythms and experimental textures anticipating the evocative soundscapes of the many releases to follow. Also a noted visual artist and animator, Storey's work has been exhibited throughout the world and
is in the collections of many major galleries.
Storey has collaborated widely and has produced albums with artists including Joachim Roedelius (Cluster , Harmonia)
Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions )Randy Grief and Russian Folk singer Tatyana Stepchenko aka.Toloka. He has also collaborated in live work with numerous other musicians including Damo Suzuki (Can).
As well as producing his own abstract animated films he has also produced work for soundtracks for Independent films including Randy Grief's award winning film “the Three Trials” and award winning film by NY independent artist Nadine Shamounki with her film “Effaced”.
Storey has also produced two best-selling sound loop libraries for Sony Media and has had his work used for TV advertising.
In 2011 Storey produced music and visuals for his first dance collaboration (with Johanna Devi) which was performed at London’s BloomsBury Theatre that same year. Read Less
For 30 years now Robin Storey has been releasing music recognised worldwide as innovative and influential. Firstly as a founder member of the groundbreaking and much lauded band Zoviet France and latterly as the solo musician and multimedia artist Rapoon.
From 1979-1992 Storey was a co-founder member of Zoviet Fra… Read More
For 30 years now Robin Storey has been releasing music recognised worldwide as innovative and influential. Firstly as a founder member of the groundbreaking and much lauded band Zoviet France and latterly as the solo musician and multimedia artist Rapoon.
From 1979-1992 Storey was a co-founder member of Zoviet France , the period during which the band produced what is widely regarded as their most innovative and creative output.
From 1992 to the present day Storey has released a huge back catalogue of recordings and gained an international reputation as an experimental artist/musician in his own right.
Storey trained as a fine artist from 1973-1977 and gained his degree: BA hons: Fine Art from Sunderland School of Art in 1997. (Despite this being a fine art degree Storey also managed to study and train as an avant garde composer during these years under the tutelage of Dave Pinder, a contemporary modernist composer.
He then trained and eventually taught, as a printmaker and graphic artist at Charlotte press workers co-operative in Newcastle Upon Tyne.(1977-1989)
Graphic art and printmaking were defining elements in the early Zoviet France releases which included hand made sleeves with strong graphic imagery.
From 1979 to 1994 Storey worked as a full-time and freelance audio/visual technician for local AV companies . During this time he learned skills such as rostrum camera work , video editing and slide animation . All of these skills were transported into his own visual work and incorporated into his artistic output.
From 1979- 1994 Storey exhibited his visual work widely and internationally. These included touring exhibitions of the former USSR and the USA.
Post 1994 Storey concentrated on his musical output and has to date released almost 40 solo recordings as Rapoon and numerous other collaborations and side projects including Reformed Faction with Mark Spybey and Hank and Slim with Nigel Ayers.
Storey has produced music for soundtracks for a number of independent films including award winning films by Randy Greif "The Three Trials"
and "Effaced" by Nadine Shamounki.
In 2003 Storey returned to University and in 2004 attained a Masters Degree in Creative Music technology at Newcastle University.
In the past year or two Storey has returned to his visual work and released his first full length DVD in 2005 “Alien Glyph Morphology”
and he continues to paint and draw.
A new DVD of his own work is scheduled for release in 2012/2013 and his work is currently being used as the soundtrack to new German production "BORING" Read Less
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