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 post- industrial group :zoviet*france: A key creative period and formative time in artistic development.
He remained a member until 1992 : The same year Storey issued the first Rapoon album, Dream Circle. There then followed a stream of new CD's and Vinyl up to the present day
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 201
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.
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.
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 :
Rapoon music featured in the short film NONEXISTENT TRIBES by Ukranian artist Oksana Levchenya.
This was as part of an Exhibition of her textile work at Centre For Contemporary Arts in Kiev:
In the last few years painting has become important again to Storey.
There is a planned book of his graphic art in 2021 and he has exhibited again recently in Santiago Chile (2016) and with two further exhibitions in New York in 2017.