A Circular Ceremony is on these releases:
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2005 Projekt PRO175 (CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Alternative Press, CD Review, Deep Listenings, Echoes, Electroambient Space, Exposé, 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.
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An Introduction to the Soundworlds of Steve Roach
2003 Projekt PRO151 (CD)
Reviewed by John Shanahan, Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Curiosity
SPACE AND TIME offers a unique overview of the nearly 20 years of groundbreaking recordings from noted ambient pioneer Steve Roach. Excerpting tracks from his 13 Projekt CD's, Roach hand-selected and mixed these pieces into a perfect flow which serves as an ideal insight into his vast recorded history. "Space" and "time" are two themes that run constant in all Roach's music. Rich with emotion and nuance, his sound creations evoke a strong sense of space and atmosphere while simultaneously altering the perception of time within that space. From the expansive, time-suspending landscapes reflected in releases such as 1984's STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE and 2003's MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES to the fire breathing, rhythmic-shamanic expressions woven from all things electric and organic on 1989's DREAMTIME RETURN and 2000's THE SERPENT'S LAIR, Roach has earned his position in the international pantheon of major ambient-atmospheric-electronic artists. Fueled by his prolific nature and uncompromising approach, SPACE AND TIME invites the listener on a 74-minute journey into the extraordinary soundworlds of Steve Roach.
6. Mislabelled as "Shift the Dimension" on some Projekt editions; 17. from the upcoming release FEVER DREAMS. Licensed for distribution in Czech Republic by Nextera (ERA 2031)
1994 Celestial Harmonies 14102 (CD)
With well over two decades of history releasing music on the cutting edge, Celestial Harmonies founder Eckart Rahn had to sort through hours of historically significant material for MUSIQUE MECHANIQUE, a double CD retrospective of influential electronic compositions. His music selection and sequence does not begin to cover the wealth of consequential material his labels have presented over the years. However, this collection does offer a worthy overview of the genre while also giving listeners a chance to experience some classic longâ€“form pieces that travel deeply into the fabric of sound, time and space manipulation that is the hallmark of great electronic music.
Titled European Trance, disc one of MUSIQUE MECHANIQUE explores the early years of electronic music making when the first moog synthesizer arrived in Europe, ca. 1970. Florian Fricke was the man who owned it, and his initial experiments with the instrument gave birth to a highly individualistic musical expression. As the founder, keyboardist and spirit of Popol Vuh, this son of an opera singer changed the face of modern music with his powerful and evocative scores to Werner Herzog films. The title track to Herzog's Aguirre is a fitting opening to the first disc of MUSIQUE MECHANIQUE.
Fricke's Moog eventually became the property of another Munich musician, Eberhard Schoener, leading to the release of one of the first ever, allâ€“electronic albums Meditation. His influential style is represented on this collection by the 23â€“minute electronic journey Mountain Music, which was recorded in 1973 on one of the first Fairlight synthesizers in Europe. Michael Hoenig, one of the first members of Tangerine Dream to strike out on his own, is best known for his classic 1976 trance record Departure From the Northern Wasteland. MUSIQUE MECHANIQUE features a 21â€“minute selection from this substantial electronic work. Disc one ends with a 17â€“minute composition by the German writer, lecturer, composer and improvisor extraordinaire Peter Michael Hamel, whose book Through Music To the Self (and early recordings with his group Between) consciously predicted and advocated a multiâ€“cultural style of composition predating the current world music phenomenon by 20 years. Hamel's Apotheosis involves the most unusual combination of pipe organ with a highly sophisticated German synthesizer from the early '80s, the PPG Wave computer.
Though electronic artists in the United States initially followed the example set down by European trailblazers, they soon headed into new directions. Musicians who set the controls for the outer limits wound up seeking something more primordial. Through the innovations of Steve Roach, Kevin Braheny and Michael Stearns, the spirit of American pioneerism transformed into cyberspace as electronics brought them closer to the root sound and opened up a world of music that embraced the ancient past as well as the possible future. Disc two, Intercontinental Space, opens with Stearns' Labyrinth, taken from DESERT SOLITAIRE, the highlyâ€“regarded Roachâ€“Stearnsâ€“Braheny album evoking the spirit of the American Southwest. Braheny's Desert Walkabout, also from that album, involves a similar excursion into the stark, foreboding side of the desert that seems to fascinate and attract these musicians. The same can be said of the title cut from WESTERN SPACES, an earlier sojourn into this world undertaken by Roach, Braheny and Richard Burmer.
Roach's experiences in the Southwest prepared him for his formidable odysseys into the Australian outback, resulting in an even more organic style of electronicâ€“based music making. In the gutteral timbre of the didgeridoo, he found an analog to his own synthesizer drones and a more direct physical connection with the process of sound creation. This influential stylistic development is represented by two selections: A Circular Ceremony from his 1988 tourâ€“deâ€“force DREAMTIME RETURN, and the shamanistic sound ritual performed on Artifacts from 1993's ORIGINS.
The music of David Parsons is clearly linked spiritually and sonically to the United States continent, yet this New Zealandâ€“based artist has brought in a whole other world of sound into the equation by virtue of his travels throughout India, Tibet and other destinations in Asia. His style is marked by an Eastern sense of time, the idea that music is always becoming, rather than arriving. His richlyâ€“hued internal landscapes are brought into focus by mixing Tibetan horns and chanting with his electronic sound designs. Two previously unissued tracks conclude disc two of MUSIQUE MECHANIQUE, although both Dakpa and Drilbu Ling could have stepped off the edge of his criticallyâ€“acclaimed release Dorje Ling.
2.6, 2.7 previously unreleased
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1988 Fortuna 18055 (LP, CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Alternative Press, CD Review, Echoes, Exposé, 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