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 1980 Storey became a founding member of the pioneering industrial group :zoviet*france:, remaining a member until 1992 and contributing extensively to, what is generally accepted to be, the peak of the bands creative output : 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”(Allmusic.com)
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.
He worked as a freelance Audio Visual Engineer at Seen and Heard/ Target Communications 1979-1994
(high profile graphic design work with clients including Nike and Landrover)
Storey has collaborated widely and has produced albums with artists including Joachim Roedelius (Cluster , Harmonia) Steven Wilson (Bass Communion,Porcupine tree) Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions )Randy Grief,Russian Folk singer Tatyana Stepchenko aka.Toloka, Pas Musique and many others . He has also collaborated in live work with numerous other musicians.
Storey has also maintained a long standing partnership with Mark Spybey(DVOA) where they together perform and record as Reformed faction
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” ,Maxim Zaharov’s film “BORING”, and David Holmes “I am Here “ for Channel 4
In 2019 Storey co-produced (with Ben Ponton ) the music for the Taiwan International Film Festival documentary “In trance we gaze” by Singing Chen.
Screened at the International Film Festival in London in March 2019
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.
Later that same year (2011)Storey again worked with Johanna Devi and Eva Balzar on a dance production “Hybrid Identities”
which was premiered in Berlin.
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
Spanning across various genres Storey’s music has remained ellusive and difficult to pigeon hole. His work has also ventured into the world of sound installations and contemporary conceptual art: With contributions to exhibitions in Los Angeles :”Ear as Eye” :1997:
“Otherness” 2007: (along with such dignitaries as Eno and Cluster, Faust and Karlheinz Stockhausen) through to “noise and whispers “ London 2013 and “Grasslands Dream of Electric Sheep” Loop30 Gallery, Augsburg, Germany.