The Return is on these releases:
|Day Out of Time|
10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition with 'Time of the Earth'
2012 Projekt PRO272 (Video)
Reviewed by Richard Gurtler
Elegantly repackaged for its 10th anniversary, DAY OUT OF TIME (Deluxe Edition) includes a special value-added DVD: Steve Lazur's film TIME OF THE EARTH: A Desert Dreamtime Journey. For the first time, the film and its CD soundtrack are presented in one cohesive package. As an added bonus, THE DREAM CIRCLE is included as an alternate audio track on the DVD.
The power of the desert has been a core inspiration of Roach's work, and this release presents a compendium of tracks recorded at the zenith of that period. As a comprehensive overview of Steve's influential tribal-ambient and desert-ambient soundworlds, DAY OUT OF TIME weaves together classic tracks along with out-of-print and hard-to-find pieces.
Sustained and expansive, the atmospheric majesty of this soundtrack represents some of Steve's finest work in the tribal-ambient genre. In the midst of a deeply stratified soundscapes, dynamic earthbound tribal percussion passages rise up from the landscape under the shadows of billowing, glass-bottomed clouds. Part tribal, part haunting drifts, and purely time suspending, the release is essential Steve Roach. Like the stone monuments and forever vistas that inspired the music, this release majestically stands up to the test of time. It sounds as if it emanates from deep desert canyons in a realm from the near future or ancient past.
Never before available in stores, the DAY OUT OF TIME audio CD and its companion DVD paints visceral soundworlds from vast desert vistas, jagged peaks, and iconic stone pinnacles carved by wind, sand, and water into fantastic alien sculptures. The music tells the wordless story of the desert dreamtime.
For electronic music aficionados, established as well as new Steve Roach fans, DAY OUT OF TIME -- with its companion DVD TIME OF THE EARTH -- is a vital and rewarding listening and viewing experience.
|Box Set out of stock|
2005 Projekt PRO175 (CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Alternative Press, CD Review, Deep Listenings, Echoes, Electroambient Space, Exposť, e|i magazine, e|i magazine, Hearts of Space, Morpheus Music, Muze, Sonic Curiosity, Synth Music Direct
Since its release in 1988, DREAMTIME RETURN has earned its reputation as a genuine classic. The two-CD Magnum Opus is perhaps the most important, widely known and highly respected release in Steve Roach's vast body of work. it serves as an essential benchmark within the Ambient-Ethno-Atmospheric genre. DREAMTIME RETURN still sounds like a transmission from the near future and the very distant past. Roach's travels in the Australian outback, along with studies of the Aboriginal Dreamtime, and his desert walkabouts in California were the lifeblood for this recording which still defies the boundaries of genre classification 17 years after its release... This 2005 edition has been lovingly remastered using a 24-bit process, and sounds better than ever. It also features never-before seen photos from Steve's Australian adventure during the making of this recording.
"Steve Roach demonstrates that electronic music's greatest potential may lie in bringing our most elusive dreams and ancient memories into focus through potent, highly imaginative soundscapes. This is without question Steve Roach's masterpiece." -- 10-10 rating, CD Review
"Musically DREAMTIME RETURN richly deserves its classic status, but Roach also deserves credit for leading electronic musicians out of their sheltered studios and into an active relationship with the landscape, the wider world, and deep cultural history. The whole genre is stronger and more relevant for his example." -- Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space
24-bit digital remaster with additional artwork. Also available as part of THE DREAMTIME BOX.
Day Out of Time
|Sold out, see 2012 re-release|
2002 Timeroom Editions 9 (CD)
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts, Hannah M.G. Shapero, Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Progression Magazine
This soundtrack contains classic tracks along with out-of-print and hard-to-find pieces woven together to tell the wordless story originally released on the recent desert dreamtime DVD on Projekt, TIME OF THE EARTH. As such, it provides a comprehensive view of Steve's influential tribal-ambient and desert-ambient soundworlds. Like last year's PURE FLOW collection, the sequence of the tracks melding into one continuous flow reflects a new perspective on the different eras of Steve's work.
Supporting the theme is a hauntingly beautiful cover image that Steve has been saving for the right release, ever since 1987. This black & white image is from a remote part of Mono Lake in California, and taken by reknown nature photographer Jim Stimson. The image itself seems to emanate a world of sound that occurs on this day out of time.
|Time of the Earth|
A Desert Dreamtime Journey
Steve Roach, Steve Lazur
2001 Projekt PRO123 (Video, CD)
Reviewed by Alternate Music Press, ArtByte, Audio Media, Barnes & Noble.com, Sonic Curiosity, spacemusic mailing list, StarVox, The Digital Bits
TIME OF THE EARTH offers a unique DVD immersion experience. Either as an engaging audio-visual odyssey or for the environmental enhancement of one's living space, this captivating film experience invites repeat viewings. Two completely different soundtracks complement the visual-ambient atmosphere.
Running time: 77 minutes. All-region (except Japan) playback. NTSC. Features scene search and two full-length Dolby Digital stereo soundtracks. Also available on high-quality VHS.
13. second audio track; also released on VHS by Timeroom Editions without second audio track; track times shown are approximate.
|LP out of stock|
|CD out of stock|
1988 Fortuna 18055 (LP, CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Alternative Press, CD Review, Echoes, Exposť, Hearts of Space, Muze, Synth Music Direct
"Steve Roach demonstrates that electronic music's greatest potential may lie in bringing our most elusive dreams and ancient memories into focus through potent, highly imaginative soundscapes. This is without question Steve Roach's masterpiece." 10-10 rating, CD Review
Perhaps the most important release in Steve's body of work. Since its release in 1988, DREAMTIME RETURN has proven to be a true classic recording according to countless testimonies of listeners, reviews and radio programmers worldwide. Roach's travels in Australia, along with studies of the Aboriginal Dreamtime and his desert walkabouts in California were the catalyst for this breakthrough recording that brought the atmospheric, contemplative and ethno-influenced rhythms into a common ground. It was also during this time Roach met up with Aboriginal didgeridoo master David Hudson who taught Steve to play the didg as well as create three didgeridoo recordings during the following ten years. Newcomers to Steve's music would be wise to start here for a moving look into the fabric that has become Roach's distinct style.
1-8, 2-1: CD-only bonus tracks; 2-1: CD extended version; re-released 1998 with new packaging, and 24-bit remastered in 2005