Richard Lainhart is a composer, author and filmmaker who studied composition and electronic music with Joel Chadabe back in the 1970s at the State University of New York at Albany. He has worked and performed with some of the big guns of 20th century music, including John Cage, David Tudor, Steve Reich, Phill Niblock, David Behrman and many others. Ten Thousand Shades of Blue is a double CD collection of Richard’s music released in 2001 by New York-based experimental music label XI. Disc one and the first track of disc two feature three prime minimal works recorded on magnetic tape between 1975 and 1980. “Bronze Cloud Disk” from 1975, “Two Mirrors Face One Another” from 1976 and “Cities of Light” from 1980 feature vast, mesmerizing drones composed of eight layers of bowed and pitch-shifted tam-tam, Japanese temple bells, and human voice, respectively. The overall sound in these pieces is that of raw, seemingly static, yet subtly-shifting clouds.