Kairos
by Roger Batty, Musique Machine
February 2007


KAIROS is a wonderfully varied and rewarding musically ambient and visual treat, offering up a DVD of Roach's rich soundworlds joined by mystically and psychedelic visuals, all beautifully edited together to make a captivating and flowing visual trip, plus a second audio CD of the 70+ minute soundtrack.

Steve Roach has been plying his ambient wares since the late 1970's, and while this may lead some to expect this to sound dated, trapped in a latter-day Tangerine Dream new-age synth nightmare, it's far from that. KAIROS illustrates an artist still at the peak of his powers, still making fresh, atmospheric, vibrant and multi-layered ambience. Throughout its 70+ minutes running time, he shows his ability to change tone and depth, going from deep droning dark synth clouds, to more upbeat sleek rhythmic-led soundways, to mysterious and atmospheric sound washers, which are all unpinned by other instrumental touches and organic tones.

If the exceptional music wasn't enough in itself, we get the visuals which are frankly awe-inspiring and very re-watchble, going from floating and overlaying footage of desertscapes, to deep swirling and morphing computer animation, to kaleidoscopic organic visual tapestry, to shifting rich psychedelic patterns and colors. The DVD features the visual moving art talents of Lynn Augstein, Steve Lazur, Steven Rooke, John Vega, and John Wadsworth, with hybrid visual creation and final editing by Roger King.

There really are no low points here, as the shifting and morphing audio-visual landscape keeps you enthralled thoughout. A few of my favorite musically and visual moments are the unfolding dark and mysterious organic synth shapes of "Etheric Planet", which are visual joined by drifting alien aurora borealis-like color washes that pull you in further and further. I also enjoyed the deep and dark droning floating of "Resonation Portal", which is joined by kaleidoscopic and haunting footage of jellyfishes and other alien-like marine life.

Really, if you only have even a passing interest in any form of ambience, this is very desirable and for those of you long-time ambient fans, you really have to ask yourself why you haven't got this already?


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CD & DVD Video  $25.00 
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Combo Pack $35.00
KAIROS (Video)
PROOF POSITIVE (Video)
Combo Pack $42.00
KAIROS (Video)
STORM SURGE (Video)
PROOF POSITIVE (Video)
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BOREALIS (CD)
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Kairos
The Meeting of Time and Destiny / A Visual Music Odyssey

Steve Roach
2006 Timeroom Visions (Video, CD)
Reviewed by Back On the Tracks, Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Guts of Darkness, Musique Machine, Ping Things, Sonic Curiosity

The KAIROS DVD is a dynamic flow of visual wonder worlds created by five master light, film, and digital artists in collaboration with Steve. Drawing from a spectrum of visual techniques -- luminous organic analog light forms, dramatic Earth cinematography, cell-like computer animation -- micro and macro worlds join in a mind-expanding symbiotic flow between sound and visuals. Creation of the visuals evolved alongside the music over several years.

The music, shaped to the images, was created in the studio with the dynamic understanding that comes from taking it "out there" on the edge in the live setting. Much of the soundtrack was created directly for KAIROS, along with a merging of elements drawn from Steve's recent and future releases.

The culmination is an essential representation of the mythic import found in Steve's music and the visual core it stimulates. It is, both musically and visually, a pinnacle moment of shapeshifting sound and visionary-inducing works. Anyone who witnessed Steve's concerts this millenium will know what's in store. Featuring visuals from Lynn Augstein, Steve Lazur, Steven Rooke, John Vega, and John Wadsworth, with hybrid visual creation and final editing by Roger King.

Bonus feature: the DVD includes a montage of footage from two 2005 concerts. Includes complete soundtrack on audio CD. (DVD plays in all regions, except Japan. NTSC.)

 
1. Soul's TimeMP3 
2. Core RegenerationMP3 
3. Resonation PortalMP3 
4. Etheric PlanetMP3 
5. LifeformingMP3 
6. BiogenesisMP3 
7. Womb of LightMP3 
8. The Great ReturnMP3 

Total run-time 74:46. Video clips on the Feature page.



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