by Chuck Van Zyl, Star's End
Situated along the border of Ambient, Trance and World Fusion lies the genre of Tribal Ambient. BODY ELECTRIC
, the new CD by Space Pioneer Steve Roach in collaboration with Groove Master Vir Unis, falls comfortably into this newly established domain. With an emphasis on rhythm and pulse, the electricity generated on BODY ELECTRIC
may be static for some and electro-neural for others. Although this release lends itself to movement in space, the better journey will be purely cerebral.
Steve Roach, Vir Unis
1999 Projekt PRO90 (CD)
Reviewed by Alternative Press, AmbiEntrance, Exposť, Groove Unlimited, Illinois Entertainer, Progressive World, Star's End, Synth Music Direct, Usenet's rec.music.newage
Get ready for a new level in bio-electronic "soul stirring body music, forged out of the reflections from the gene pool from which we crawled out." This collaboration has brought about a powerful step forward for both artists. Judging from those who have previewed this recording, it is sure to surprise, delight and perhaps short-circuit fans of dynamic electronic-organic music. This album was created on the instruments of our time by two artists who have reached deep into the heart of the machines, pulling out the passion captured on BODY ELECTRIC.
|The Electric Body|
Steve Roach, Vir Unis
1999 Timeroom Editions (Video)
We are now offering the first video release on the Timeroom Editions label, THE ELECTRIC BODY. This video was featured during Steve's recent concerts, and now is the chance to have it for your own playback experience. The effect upon your nervous system will confirm the title of this video. THE ELECTRIC BODY is 30 minutes of morphing "evolutionary art" created by Steven Rooke, in the same vein as the BODY ELECTRIC cover artwork. These images were animated on a program created by Steven, and rendered on an SGI system running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 3 months at a time.
The soundtrack features the first two tracks from BODY ELECTRIC, along with a 14-minute unreleased track.
VHS video, NTSC format (US) only, 30 minutes.
also contains one additional unreleased track from the BODY ELECTRIC sessions