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Skeleton Keys

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THE SKELETON COLLECTION 2005 - 2015
SKELETON KEYS
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THE SKELETON COLLECTION 2005 - 2015
SKELETON KEYS (VINYL)
SKELETON KEYS
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Skeleton Keys
Steve Roach
2015 Projekt PRO315 (CD)
Reviewed by Chuck Van Zyl, Richard G√ľrtler, Musique Machine, Textura, The Grim Tower

There's a worldwide analog modular synthesizer resurgence in full swing. Pioneering electronic musician Steve Roach taps into the zeitgeist on SKELETON KEYS, a 74-minute album recorded using the Synthesizers.com large format analog modular synthesizer≠/sequencer-based system. These are eight emotional and mind-expanding spiraling mandalas-of-sound made from interwoven tapestries of melody, rhythm, tone and musical space.

"SKELETON KEYS connects directly to my first love in electronic music," Steve Roach explains. "This form of music creates a living portal to a unique place in consciousness, emotion, body awareness and expansion of perception. It's a place that can only be reached by way of this genre and these instruments, in particular the sequencer: a tool common within electronic music since early in its inception. I have been obsessed with the sound this instrument facilitates since my arrival as a composer in the late 70's."

With the availability of a new era of hardware instrument builders to draw from, in early 2014 Steve set out to create his ideal large format modular synthesizer≠/sequencer-based system.

"My intention was single-minded," Steve says, "to make these 'Keys' in particular. The instant this system was in place, the compulsion to create was unleashed. Each piece on this release is an aural skeleton key providing entry through these arcane doors to what awaits inside. In addition, the momentum of my life's experience was vital in helping turn the skeleton key to open these doors at this precise moment."

Steve's artistic path is filled with new discoveries, both nuanced and dramatic. He brings to the table years of dedication and experience exploring sound via hands-on synthesis.

With the sense of an artist working in three dimensional space, Steve's skill set creates an album that breathes power, passion and vital life energy. On SKELETON KEYS Steve connects to the European EM masters at the roots of his electronic heritage while simultaneously mapping the soundworld of today's contemporary technology-based music. The result is warm and engaging retro-futurism, a continuing evolution upon the musical structures Steve has unlocked in the restless pursuit of his soundquest.

 
1. The Only Way InMP37:15 
2. The Function Inside The FormMP35:45 
3. It's All ConnectedMP39:28 
4. Outer WeaveMP35:12 
5. Symmetry And BalanceMP39:35 
6. Saturday SomewhereMP310:50 
7. Escher's Dream Is DreamingMP39:48 
8. A Subtle Twist Of FateMP313:24 

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Skeleton Keys (vinyl)

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Vinyl  $25.00 
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Combo Pack $45.00
THE SKELETON COLLECTION 2005 - 2015
SKELETON KEYS (VINYL)
SKELETON KEYS
Skeleton Keys (vinyl)
Steve Roach
2015 Diophantine Discs 25 (Vinyl)

The spiraling music of SKELETON KEYS is perfect for the vinyl experience that has resurged in recent years. On this LP version, three tracks from the CD and one track exclusive to the LP are featured. Includes a download code for the LP version from Bandcamp.

There's a worldwide analog modular synthesizer resurgence in full swing. Pioneering electronic musician Steve Roach taps into the zeitgeist on SKELETON KEYS, recorded using the Synthesizers.com large format analog modular synthesizer≠/sequencer-based system. These are emotional and mind-expanding spiraling mandalas-of-sound made from interwoven tapestries of melody, rhythm, tone and musical space.

"SKELETON KEYS connects directly to my first love in electronic music," Steve Roach explains. "This form of music creates a living portal to a unique place in consciousness, emotion, body awareness and expansion of perception. It's a place that can only be reached by way of this genre and these instruments, in particular the sequencer: a tool common within electronic music since early in its inception. I have been obsessed with the sound this instrument facilitates since my arrival as a composer in the late 70's."

With the availability of a new era of hardware instrument builders to draw from, in early 2014 Steve set out to create his ideal large format modular synthesizer≠/sequencer-based system.

"My intention was single-minded," Steve says, "to make these 'Keys' in particular. The instant this system was in place, the compulsion to create was unleashed. Each piece on this release is an aural skeleton key providing entry through these arcane doors to what awaits inside. In addition, the momentum of my life's experience was vital in helping turn the skeleton key to open these doors at this precise moment."

Steve's artistic path is filled with new discoveries, both nuanced and dramatic. He brings to the table years of dedication and experience exploring sound via hands-on synthesis.

With the sense of an artist working in three dimensional space, Steve's skill set creates an album that breathes power, passion and vital life energy. On SKELETON KEYS Steve connects to the European EM masters at the roots of his electronic heritage while simultaneously mapping the soundworld of today's contemporary technology-based music. The result is warm and engaging retro-futurism, a continuing evolution upon the musical structures Steve has unlocked in the restless pursuit of his soundquest.

 
1. The Only Way InMP37:15 
2. The Function Inside The FormMP35:45 
3. Escher's Dream Is DreamingMP39:48 
4. Inner Weave at The Outer Edge 6:52 

Presented on 180 gram vinyl; limited edition (400x); 4. vinyl-only bonus track. Shipping note for international orders: shipping will be charged at actual cost, based on actual weight of your full order. If paying by Paypal, wait for a personal email with your revised order total before sending payment.


The Skeleton Collection 2005 - 2015

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CD  $16.98 
ON SALE, $15.00 
Combo Pack $25.00
THE SKELETON COLLECTION 2005 - 2015
SKELETON KEYS
Combo Pack $45.00
THE SKELETON COLLECTION 2005 - 2015
SKELETON KEYS (VINYL)
SKELETON KEYS
iTunes 
Bandcamp 
Hi-Res 24-bit 96 kHZ 
The Skeleton Collection 2005 - 2015
Steve Roach
2015 Timeroom Editions 33 (CD)

This collection of new and previously unreleased pieces tracks the origin of Skeleton Keys. The first five tracks, recorded in 2005, set the idea into motion of creating a project of pure analog synth/sequencer-based music. I wanted to place the attention directly on these pure kinetic forms, intentionally stripped down to the essentials. The focus remains on the purity of the analog sound and the interweave of the patterned melodic strands and the ever-present pulse. Those elements all work together to create the keys for opening into a place of perception only obtained though this form of music.

Analog modular creation is all about spontaneous hands-on interaction and the visceral connection in the body and mind as the sound is spiraling forth from the speakers. No second guessing here: the priority is engaging with the immediacy of live electronic music on hardware instruments. Feel it, go with it, shape it by hand, record it, move on.

After orbiting around this project for several years, I continued to return to the original 2005 recordings, still feeling the growing desire to explore the "essence of the sequence" direction.

By early 2014, I built a large format analog system on the synthesizers.com platform. This was essential in giving me the tools to unlock the passages that would become the definitive SKELETON KEYS release. Once this album was complete, the momentum remained at a high point. All I could do was keep capturing peak live moments in the studio. By February 2015, tracks 6, 7, and 8 arrived. Including these on this album felt like a perfect perspective on the tracks that started the SKELETON KEYS project a decade ago. It's all here now.

 
1. The Skeleton KeyMP3 
2. Climbing Escher's StairsMP3 
3. Fantastic ElasticMP3 
4. The Right MembraneMP3 
5. All Is GoodMP3 
6. Off the SpoolMP3 
7. Something For NowMP3 
8. The Joy of SequenceMP3 

Shipping note for international orders including the vinyl LP: shipping will be charged at actual cost, based on actual weight of your full order. If paying by Paypal, wait for a personal email with your revised order total before sending payment.





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