Strata
by Bryan Reesman, amazon.com

Aural archaeologists Rich and Steve Roach delve deep into the strata of the primordial mind in this acclaimed 1990 collaboration. They forge a symbiotic artistic alliance where their signature sonic motifs are generally abandoned for the sake of a collective sound. Implementing their combined arsenal of synths, samplers, flutes, drums, and steel guitar, the duo creates a variety of moods and atmospheres serene ambiences ("The Grotto of Time Lost"), ritualistic, rhythmic invocations ("Fearless"), intense dark ambient spaces ("Magma"), and surreal, bubbling soundscapes ("Persistence of Memory [For Dali]"). As with their other works, the composers utilize a balanced blend of organic and electronic instrumentation in an exploration of the human psyche that is simultaneously primal and cerebral. This album was a critical and commercial success, remaining on the Billboard New Age charts for several months after its initial release.


Strata

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Strata
Steve Roach, Robert Rich
1990 Hearts of Space HS11019 (CD)
Reviewed by amazon.com, launch.com, Muze, RhythmUS

A tribal-ambient cornerstone. Electronic and acoustic lines start to blur. Steve and Robert bring the best out of each other's talents on this important collaboration. Ethnic and electronic drums, flutes and expansive atmospheres of searing beauty only start to describe this music.
 
1. FearlessRealAudioMP34:32 
2. MicaMP35:00 
3. ForeverMP34:50 
4. The Grotto of Time LostMP39:03 
5. IguanaMP37:23 
6. MagmaMP33:37 
7. Persistence of Memory (for Dali)MP35:09 
8. RemembranceRealAudioMP32:22 
9. Ceremony of ShadowsMP36:12 
10. La LunaMP310:39 



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