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: 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) 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
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
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 over 50 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" “I am Here “ by David Holmes and "Effaced" by Nadine Shamounki.
The Independent film by MAXIM ZAHAROV “ BORING” has a Rapoon soundtrack.
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”
Further Film projects have followed and in 2014 Storey’s music featured in a David Holmes short film “I am Here”
The film shot in Ireland includes actors Michelle Fairley and Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones)
In 2015 Storey’s first book “ A Pale Blue Door” was published with a promise of more to follow.
A short narrative film is planned over the next year or two based on the characters and incidents featured in some of the musical releases over the years. These include “Tin of Drum and “Disappeared” .
The Opera Le songe de Sonia (Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon 2015 : and KnAM Theatre in Russia / Komsomolsk on Amur) Features Rapoon music :
In the last few year painting has become important again to Storey.
There is a planned book of his graphic art in 2018 and he has exhibited again recently in Santiago Chile (2016) and with two further exhibitions in New York in 2017.
"Next there was a man associated with Zoviet France- Rapoon. Presented, including art formats for visualizations. His soundtracks were ghostlike and peculiar.
Rapoon is one of the few English post-industrial music enigmas. His music maintains the tradition of Lo-Fi and the spirit of improvisation in the context of Primitivism, (when he played on the oral instrument).
His sound can be compared to the dialect region of Northern England, and a unique vocabulary and rhythm, as when you are working with a microphone.
Bearing all this in mind, he managed to capture the drone in a romantic and an understanding of the language. His musical landscape could be associated with the Celts, the Romans and the Vikings"