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Emotions Revealed

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Emotions Revealed
Steve Roach
2015 Projekt PRO324 (CD)
Reviewed by Darkroom Magazine, Textura

A delayed transmission from the early 80's. Discovered serendipitously in 2015, these lost tracks created just prior to the STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE era represent two then-emerging sides of Steve's artistic muse. "Emotion Revealed" is a mesmerizing, yearning sequencer exploration connected to the German school of electronic music. "Firelight" was his first long-form atmospheric composition of emotional introspection stillness, silence, and solitude. Two essential touchstones of Steve's sonic origin.

Track one -- "Emotion Revealed" -- was recorded live in 1983 at the Timeroom, Culver City, California, soon after Steve's premiere solo cassette NOW (1982) was released. This piece presents a classic recording of the sound that defined the early years of Steve's work showing the influence of the European electronic music of that era. The approach of capturing the emotions of the moment in the studio live is a through-line that continues into his work today.

Connected in contrast, the second track -- "Firelight" -- is informed by the stillness of the southwest desert experience: externalizing the feeling of these serene and austere expanses, evoking the introspection these isolated environments provide. This influence continues as an inspiration today and can be considered a soul tone in Steve's work. This recording is the birth of Steve's contemplative voice; the awakening of this space-location immersion style is clearly alive within this expression of sonic solitude. Considering the musical and cultural climate of the early 80's, "Firelight" had no audio peer or point of reference; this is the first recorded document in which Steve breaks away from the European influences, exploring a style that went on to become a genre all its own.

These two recordings are a rediscovery of an essential period from Steve's catalog that could just as easily be a future transmission from 2083.

Steve's reflections on EMOTIONS REVEALED:

"Both of these pieces were sleeping in time, hidden and nearly lost up until mid-2015. 'Emotion Revealed' was found after the Austrian label Vinyl on Demand contacted me about a NOW vinyl release. They requested a bonus track; I scoured the many archived boxes of hundreds of tapes dating to the late 70's and early 80's. Most were labeled with some shorthand, obscure title, or nothing at all. 'Emotion Revealed' had no label, but the chrome Maxell cassette was in new condition. Hearing it again, I instantly recalled the piece, and that at one point in the early 80's I was going to release it. One that got away was back in my hands! As it played I was shifted back to where it was recorded: the early Timeroom in Culver City. This tiny bungalow which looked like a gingerbread house was where workers from MGM studios -- a mile away -- had lived in the 40's. This is the same studio-house where I recorded NOW, STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, QUIET MUSIC, and EMPETUS. The feeling in 'Emotion Revealed' expressed my optimism and desire to merge deeper into the music that I was creating at every moment. I remember this as the dawn of electronic music's evolution out of the academic environment and into the world at large.

"'Firelight' was created in this same studio in 1982 for an environmental art installation titled The Grounding Place by artist Rita Yokoi. The installation premiered in San Francisco with this music playing as a continuous loop. The composition was my first long-form exploration of sound serving as an environmental experience. Recorded on a Teac 4-track reel to reel, 'Firelight' was created in sections and combined to make the full-length track. The art installation was described in the program as, 'A metaphorical description of the active aspect of equilibrium when a person achieves oneness with universal time.' My years growing up in the desert regions of Southern California clearly informed this mood along with the themes I was drawing from at the artist's request. I can still hear and feel this influence now. The original 4-track tape was lost after many moves; however a high-quality metal master cassette found its way to the San Diego house I grew up in. In the summer of 2015, I was going thorough archived material my mother had collected and stored in a dark, cool closet, and I discovered this tape: the only copy left. Hearing it again, I was taken by the tonalities I was drawn towards at the time, along with the sense of space and breath within the composition. The connection to then and now... emotions rediscovered and revealed after 34 years. The Timeroom indeed."

 
1. Emotion RevealedMP323:00 
2. FirelightMP3 


Now

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Now
Steve Roach
2015 Vinyl on Demand VOD139.SR (Vinyl)
Reviewed by ei

NOW was the first full album release from Steve Roach. Originally self-produced and released on cassette in 1982, the music shows Steve's early inspiration from the Berlin School of Synthesizer Music; Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze in particular. While these roots are heard here, his personal voice and imagination is on full display. Reviews at the time called NOW an "auspicious debut" and later appraisals consider it well ahead of its time. Recorded almost entirely in real-time, there is an urgent and vital current running inside all these pieces. If you ask Steve about this music and the time it was created, it's direct and telling to the music: "Nothing else mattered".

The prestigious Austrian Label VOD has released NOW as part of its American Cassette Culture Box set of over 13 LP'S. We have only 50 of these LP's, available while supply lasts.

Also included on this LP is a recently-discovered beautiful mid-tempo sequencer piece "Emotion Revealed", clocking in at 22 minutes. This LP is nearly 28 minutes per side, just like the days of full 30-minute sides from Klaus Schulze and others! "Emotion Revealed" will also be released on CD in January on Projekt, along with another recently found long-form piece from 1983, Steve's first long-form deep ambient track.

 
1. Growth SequenceRealAudioMP39:05 
2. TransitionMP34:30 
3. Cloud MotionMP35:11 
4. The Ritual ContinuesMP34:50 
5. ComebackMP32:10 
6. InquestMP37:00 
7. Emotion RevealedMP323:00 

7. vinyl-only bonus track





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