New 2CD AUROGENY out now — accordion, string quartet, & ensemble works

"epic symphony of accordion mastery" Noel Gardner, Buzz

"gargantuan, glacially paced, sprawling, fantastic" hypirestition ruins

"some of the most powerful experimental music of the last 12 months or more" Noel Gardner, Buzz

"15 Questions" Interview with Tobias Fischer


Jan. 21 :: Northampton, MA

Deep Listening Workshop at Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity

Feb. 4 :: Washington, DC

Laramidia at Rhizome

with The Early and Rachel Beetz

Feb. 25 :: Baltimore, MD

Laramidia at The Red Room

with Sky Macklay, Sam Pluta, & Ruby Fulton

Apr. 9 :: Amherst, MA

with Ghost Ensemble

Apr. 13 :: Washington, DC

Ghost Ensemble at Strathmore Mansion

Apr. 26 :: Philadelphia, PA

Ghost Ensemble (Lamb, Richter) at Bowerbird

May 25 :: Brattleboro, VT

Ghost Ensemble at Epsilon Spires


Accordion on Ulrich Krieger's three-album Aphotic series (room34)


New accordion works for Ben by Nomi Epstein, Michael Pisaro, and Carolyn Chen

Exploratory LP with Phill Niblock (Matière Mémoire)

James Ilgenfritz's Apophenia V (Infrequent Seams)

"likely to offer a profound impact on the very nature of listening." 

— Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio

"cloudy, mysterious, and dark ... Beckettian in its slow spread" 

Brian Olewnick, Just Outside

"a multifaceted texture that evokes the primeval" 

Meg Wilhoite, Meg's New Music Blog

"a look, perhaps, into a different dimension … the music sounds like something incomprehensibly massive is passing by, slowly." 

— George Grella, The New York Classical Review

"immense magnitude frequencies melting your very walls areas of sonic dynamism that work their trembling magic … shiver me timbres

Darren Bergstein, Downtown Music Gallery

SURROUNDSCAPES: The Future of Music

listen here for Ben's podcast interview with Graeme Harrison

KCBX Arts Beat: Ghost Ensemble's "Sensuous Sounds"

listen here for Ben's interview with Melanie Senn and Sky Macklay

Ben Richter is a composer, accordionist, and founding director of Ghost Ensemble.