Kairos
by Sylvain Lupari, Guts of Darkness
January 2007


Steve Roach's music is ideal for viewing the American and Australian arid desert territories. It is with these first images that KAIROS begins. In spite of the impression of "deja vu" on TIME OF THE EARTH, the music of Roach is wrapping and fits superbly well to earthly native structures, where a camera angle overhangs with ease. As soon as "Soul's Time" blends with "Core Regeneration", everything changes.

The feeling of "deja vu" starts promptly and the magic of computer animation is molding intensely to Steve Roach music. Abstract lines in a multicolor fresco, where molecular forms are contorting and subdividing to take sub forms or sub genres, over conceptual music with tribal influence that rivets our eyes straight into the content of their orbits. Beyond the images, there is music: "Core Regeneration" is an agitated title with tribal percussion on a synth movement which whips the wind, as the native indigenous instruments we whirl above our heads to simulate wind sonorities. There's more good Steve Roach music in "Resonation Portal" which plunges us in his atonic universe along faded jellyfishes, a waterworld which turns into a tubular karma with long-lived colors.

"Etheric Planet" is a superb floating movement, with disparate sound effects which insufflate hardly perceptible modulations on images of dark beauty. There is not a better way to describe the ambient movements. Like subtle undulations, the abstract drawings fit the forms suggested by the sound effects and the modulations which revolve around a spectral wave. "Lifeforming" brings a more alert rhythm with encircling percussion and bass, a movement closer to the world of prog music than ambient. Forms modulate to this strange intro which is transforming into a lascivious and sensual sequential movement, in a festival of color to reinvented geometrical forms which are adjusting to the rhythmic drive of the piece – a sequential swirl of a rare intensity which circles on a structure of fluid bass and scouring sound effects, under the protective wing of a heavy and enveloping synth pads. It's an excellent title, one of the best from Steve Roach – who like wine, is still better with age.

As of the first breaths of the shade of the chords of "Biogenesis", my skin was transformed into a small pluck chicken. On structures as remote as STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, "Biogenesis" runs a deliciously spasmodic line of sharp colors with seizing forms. It's an intense space wave fusing analog scratches, like reinvented psychedelic.
"Womb of Light" returns on "Lifeforming"'s traces, whereas "The Great Return" concludes this great colored voyage on ambiences and nuances from the heavy atmospheres that melting drawings, like organic substances, transpose on screen.

This superb DVD contains a short film of ten minutes, showing us Steve Roach in concert. After all these years, Steve Roach still succeeds in surprising and filling us with wonder. KAIROS is 75 seizing minutes where the magic of Roach is transposed in the graphic hands of computer graphic designers who understood the spirit and magnetism surrounding this character and his works.


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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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