by Darren Bergstein, Muze
is both a culmination of styles and a brave step forward for Roach. On disc one of this two-disc set, he continues to mine and explore the tableau of soundscapes he first unearthed on DREAMTIME RETURN
, WESTERN SPACES
, and DESERT SOLITAIRE
. With its cavernous chords echoing the lonely mesas and sprawling tundras of the American southwest, WORLD'S EDGE
captures the senses via a broad array of electronic timbres and thunderclaps of percussion. This is music of sensual and surreal power, a stimulating, provocative immersion into the canyons of the psyche. Roach flavors his sweeping electronic panoramas with didjeridu, an assortment of frame drums, rainsticks and other indigenous native intruments. On "Thunderground," swells of electronic waves ebb while massive enclaves of drumbeats build towards an explosive climax. After recovering from this wringing of the senses, disc two's one epic piece, "To the Threshold of Silence" links Roach's pre-ambient stylings with his fourth world musings into a subtly altering, galvanizing work. Awesome.
1992 Fortuna 18057 (CD)
Reviewed by Hannah M.G. Shapero, Eclectic Earwig Reviews, Margen Magazine, Muze, Synth Music Direct
The double-CD WORLD'S EDGE was Steve's first solo project created after his move to Tucson in 1990. At last the inspirations that fueled his music for years were right outside the studio, helping to feed an especially intense creative period. It is one that Steve looks back on as an important period of transition and discovery within the onion-skin-like evolution of his work. The roots of ORIGINS, ARTIFACTS, THE MAGNIFICENT VOID, and ON THIS PLANET are clearly present here, as well as the transition from the benchmark DREAMTIME RETURN.
Disc two contains an often-overlooked hour-long piece, "To the Threshold Of Silence." This composition shows significant influences from Tibetan ceremonial music, with a fusion of deep space music, melding perfectly into Steve's landscapes of time-stretching textures. Added to this foundation is harmonic singing, processed gongs, Tibetan bells, and deep Earth pulses, all combined to created a kind of ancient-modern sacred space. This groundbreaking long-form piece foreshadowed THE DREAM CIRCLE, SLOW HEAT, ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS and PRAYERS TO THE PROTECTOR. This rediscovery will delight both old listeners and those newly-experiencing Steve's vast musical journey.