An Interview with Steve Roach (WORLD'S EDGE excerpt)
Q: I think that WORLD'S EDGE is a turning point in your career. A different impulse to your music (it's a personal and subjective opinion, of course). Are you okay with this opinion? How did you conceive this work?
A: This is a sharp perception that hardly anyone makes. I have always felt WORLD'S EDGE was a sort of lost release. Perhaps being somewhat in the shadow of DREAMTIME RETURN was part of it. Also, at the time the record company was going through personnel changes that delayed the release, if I remember right. In any case, it was a very intense and wonderful time in that it was created right after moving to Tucson and finally setting up my studio and home in the desert. I was also starting a new relationship with my wife to be at the time, Linda Kohanov. I was simply intoxicated on being alive every day and so grateful to be out of Los Angeles and California which was quickly becoming overcrowded. I felt a sense of relief to be away from the hive of the city and finally living in the desert was a dream come true.
Along with all the personal changes, when I started work on WORLD'S EDGE I was constantly focused on this dramatic rock formation that I see from my studio window everyday, and that set the mood and created a focus as the music was born. Some days it was covered in clouds; other days it was burning with heat. I remember during a massive lightning storm, seeing a bolt of lightning hit the very top and just not let go. Amazing! It was really like how one might imagine a day right out of a dawn of time, creation of the earth with the forces of nature in full wrath. That's what these desert storms are like every summer. So all of this was what helped infuse the music on WORLD'S EDGE. I finally felt like I was where I longed to be with a new life unfolding.