by Peter Grenader
Steve Roach has released POSSIBLE PLANET, his first all-analog release in an age. I just finished listening to it; highly recommended.
I had an opportunity to hear some this project a few months ago at my home with Steve and long-time bud of his, Loren Nerell of [synth store] Analogue Haven and I was endlessly impressed then, as I was again today, with Roach's programming chops. I think anyone who has laid a hand on analog equipment has quickly come to realize how much more challenging good sound can be over that so instantly available on samplers or digital emulators. Anyone that is, accept Steve. For most of this record it's virtually impossible to pick off a single oscillator or filter sweep. Instead, Steve's pallet comes right out of the earth: a series of fascinatingly complex, highly intelligent and organized textures.
No need to mention his compositional skills, which have always been exemplary. I'm pretty sure this would hold true if he did a project built from nothing but rubber band twangs. Steve's got a gift and it shows on anything he lays his mind to.
And for you analog heads out there... not only is this work entirely analog, but done entirely on modular equipment: namely Analogue Systems, Doepfer, Blacet and being proudly boastful, Plan B instruments. We all received a nice credit of his appreciation in the copy. Thanks, Mr. Roach.
Anyway, pick this CD up. It's available on his site now and well worth the effort.