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Rasa Dance

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Rasa Dance
The Music of Connection

Steve Roach
2013 Epona (CD)

This collection of pieces was refined over several years of movement magic between horses and humans. Created for the Eponaquest horse-faciliated workshop Rasa Dance by equine innovator and best-selling author Linda Kohanov, the music sets the tone for interactive sessions where horses and humans literally move and dance together, thus providing a supportive atmosphere for the experience of connection. This dynamic music set covers a powerful range of emotions and inspiration which perfectly mirrors the Rasa Dance workshop theme. The collection brings together an inspired set of thematic, rhythmic, and melodic pieces from Steve Roach's vast body of work.

From the liner notes by Linda Kohanov:

The Evolution of Rasa Dance

In 1993, at the height of my career as a music critic, I sold my CD collection to buy Tabula Rasa, a beautiful black Arabian mare. Six months later, I was riding her in the desert when a huge Rottweiler chased us through a deep sandy wash, injuring Rasa's right back leg, ending our promising riding career, yet ironically leading us on a much more fruitful path.

The Chinese sage Lao-tzu observed that "it is upon disaster that good fortune rests," a lesson that Rasa and her other herd members challenged me to embrace over and over again. While the sheer joy of working with horses always outweighed the hardships, the most profound transformations happened when things didn't go my way -- when my most reliable tools, ideas, and coping strategies failed, and I had to respond to the world rather than try to control it. Through Rasa, I learned to dance with the unexpected while literally learning how to dance with her on the ground. This consolation for my inability to ride her turned into a relationship-enhancing practice that I used with other horses, and eventually taught to people through our "Rasa Dance" workshops.

For these clinics, my husband Steve and I perused his extensive list of original compositions, selecting various moods and tempos. This CD collection was refined through years of movement magic between horses and humans. "Eye of Noche" and "Where Rasa Lives" were later created in memory of two horses who became great dancers, then great dance teachers of people, including those who had never worked with horses before.

I was subsequently surprised to find the phrase "Rasa Dance" associated with the ancient god Krishna, who danced with his followers by moonlight. In India, a sacred performance is still called a Rasa Dance, signifying a state of grace in which Spirit engages with its many manifestations, expressing different aspects of infinity through the music of connection.

But it was a living, breathing horse named Rasa who taught me that when two beings move in synchrony, a greater consciousness arises. Most importantly, I learned that if we can dance with joy, ecstasy, power, frustration, miscommunication, tragedy and anything else that comes our way, an underlying sense of deep peace emerges, allowing us to fully engage with life.

Linda Kohanov

 
1. Gone WestRealAudioMP37:27 
2. Fate AwaitsRealAudioMP38:29 
3. NightshadeRealAudioMP39:04 
4. FlatlandsMP34:50 
5. MergeMP36:21 
6. Heart's CoreMP38:49 
7. In the Eye of NocheMP314:36 
8. Where Rasa LivesMP315:01 

Track 2 titled "Truth and Beauty"; Track 7 titled "Eye of Noche" (both previously-released).


Space and Time

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Space and Time
An Introduction to the Soundworlds of Steve Roach

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.
 
1. Oracle (edit)MP34:10 
2. Future Tribe (edit)MP34:21 
3. A Circular Ceremony (edit)RealAudioMP33:12 
4. After the Dream (edit)MP33:16 
5. The Calling (edit) 4:07 
6. This Moment is a Memory (edit)MP34:30 
7. Gone West (edit)RealAudioMP33:38 
8. Ghost Train (edit)RealAudioMP32:36 
9. Early Man (edit)MP32:19 
10. Hope (edit)RealAudioMP31:34 
11. Moon and Star (edit)MP32:18 
12. Almost Touching (edit)MP31:45 
13. The Graceful Sky (edit)MP33:07 
14. Structures From Silence (edit)MP312:05 
15. Something in Tears (edit)MP32:47 
16. Early Dawn (edit)MP32:43 
17. Fever Glimpse 7:00 
18. Offering in Waves (edit)MP31:55 
19. Vortex Ring (edit)MP32:25 
20. Nameless (edit)MP33:58 

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)


The Projekt Sampler / Beneath the Icy Floe v.6

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The Projekt Sampler / Beneath the Icy Floe v.6
Various Artists
1999 Projekt PRO87 (CD)
 
-  The Memory Pool, part 1 (edit)RealAudioMP36:37 

Dust to Dust

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Dust to Dust
Steve Roach, Roger King
1998 Projekt PRO79 (CD)
Reviewed by Brett Neely, John Pemble, AmbiEntrance, Alternative Press, CounterPunch, Illinois Entertainer, Muze

Western Music in the truest sense. It is a bold step in a new direction: Where sounds paint pictures with a range of colors drawn from the land, where stories are told with the instruments of old and new pioneers. Guitars, harmonicas and washboard rhythms find their place next to a wagon full of electronics. This is the music, and even more the soundtrack, to the lingering ghosts and the lost and not-so-forgotten dreams of the restless souls driven to "Go West by God!" The story shifts between the present and the recent past when a dust trail was the only road west. The rails were freshly laid, still wet with sweat and blood. For better or worse, hopes and dreams turned real in the vast southwestern deserts, becoming a metaphor for a clean slate and a better life.

"DUST TO DUST has the mystery and allure of 150 year old photographs of strangers whose eyes and stoic faces suggest a thousand untold stories." -- (Mark Burby, AP magazine)
 
1. Gone WestRealAudioMP37:27 
2. A Daze WageRealAudioMP36:13 
3. A Bigger SkyMP33:19 
4. The Ribbon Rails of PromiseMP315:05 
5. First SunriseMP34:27 
6. Lost and ForgottenMP310:44 
7. Snake EyesMP35:35 
8. Rain and CreosoteRealAudioMP35:02 
9. Ghost TrainRealAudioMP37:21 





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