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Rich Staats


  1. 1.
    Heroic Journey
  2. 2.
    At the Mountains of Madness
  3. 3.
    Tower on Fire Mountain
  4. 4.
    Horns and Ancient Chants
  5. 5.
    Sulfur, Salt, Candle, and Blood
He began composing music in 2002. Rich has been asked to lend his talents to a variety of ventures from Internet commercials to composing over three hours of original songs performed for a holiday party at the Pentagon in 2005 and writing the official songs for the Hurricanes (Army brigade) and the Steel City Sustainers (Sustainment Command) and aiding Indie film artists world-wide.
Many of Rich's songs have been used as mood music for games and independent films. Rich has been active in the game design community since the late 1970s. Mark Rogers and Rich published Khymir in 2006. Rich has run seminars on world building for authors and game designers for over 30 years including several years when it was a for credit course at MIT.
Rich plays the keyboard, the guitar, and the mandolin -- all very poorly -- just well enough to know what is physically possible to play on them (please be compassionate, Rich started when he was 41 years old), but fortunately Rich is able to use Finale to produce sheet music and have session musicians play his compositions.
If you are interested in having Rich do some music or video work for you, please contact him at
In 2014, award winning children's author, Ann McCallum, asked Rich to compose an album for her successful Kickstarter. Rich agreed, and that led to the first commercial album, Day of the Mantid.


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