On This Planet
by Ben Kettlewell, Alternate Music Press
1997


ON THIS PLANET is a culmination of ideas that Steve refined and developed during his various concerts during the past year. He took the peak moments of improvisation and transformed them into a new cutting edge studio recording. The album contains 10 compositions spanning almost 73 minutes. The album is rich in texture, as Steve continues to push the sonic envelope farther with each release. He mingles world cultures with cosmic realms and alien soundscapes into a mesmerizing ritualistic tapestry. Roachs music always rises to the occasion, as his themes continuously return to a place of stillness and power with dynamic rhythmic pulses moving the energy deeper into the consiousness. This is a worthwhile celebration of what happens when inspiration, cultural audio artifacts, and talent collide.


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On This Planet
Steve Roach
1997 Hearts of Space 11082 (CD)
Reviewed by Alternate Music Press, Alternative Press, AmbiEntrance, Daily Digital Opinion

Anyone who has seen Steve Roach perform live knows that his music and sound worlds have a unique power to inspire and engage the listener. ON THIS PLANET was carved from the live experience, recorded in the studio over 1997 just before and after performing numerous concerts worldwide. The intensity of the moment is captured, along with remarkable quality of sound which is vital to the impact of the music. It all comes together here. Ethno-Tribal, Electronic-Space, Tribal-Ambient -- or however one wants to try and classify a style of music and sound unique to Steve Roach. This dynamic concert for your home is presented just as the concerts of '97 were, in a constant flow of sonic magma, constantly unfolding and then melting into itself to create the nexus place. This release was voted best Electronic-Ambient CD of the year in 1998 by AIFM, the equivalent of a Grammy for indie labels.
 
1. Heart of the TempestMP34:26 
2. Journey of OneRealAudioMP33:38 
3. The Nexus PlaceMP37:05 
4. TrilobiteMP33:33 
5. Void Memory 4RealAudioMP35:36 
6. Cloudwatching with the Toolmaker 5:41 
7. The Ecstasy of TravelMP34:59 
8. Remember It NowRealAudioMP310:36 
9. A Darker StarRealAudioMP313:19 
10. On this PlanetMP314:06 



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