Dreaming... Now, Then: A Retrospective 1982 - 1997
by John W. Patterson, Eclectic Earwig Reviews

If you have always been curious as to why Steve Roach is a legend in the electronic music world or the prince of ambience, this 2-CD collection will provide ample evidence. Roach has assembled this journey into two parts. Disc 1: The Ritual Continues, provides a near chronologically linear flow of rhythmic, tribal yet pulsatingly electronic pieces. Twelve pieces sample Roach, circa 1982-1994, with one previously unreleased track from 1997. Landmark releases like EMPETUS, DESERT SOLITAIRE, DREAMTIME RETURN, and WORLD'S EDGE are a few of those sampled here.

On Disc 2: Looking for Safety, a nonlinear, natural soundflow, covering 15 years of releases, unveils the ambient soundrealms and cosmic breathings of voids only Roach can form so well. You will melt away in the ebony dark oceans from DREAMTIME RETURN, WESTERN SPACES, QUIET MUSIC, STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, WORLD'S EDGE, and more. Included as the finale is a superb 12:13 unreleased piece, "The Passing Time" from 1997. This one needs to be played loud. Anyone for that pleasant NDE in sound? Here's the tunnel.

My first exposure to Steve Roach was STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, an otherworldly soothing and gentle wash of sound textures very similar to QUIET MUSIC. It made me a solid follower of this composer's vision. I share a wonderfully fitting anecdote from personal experience with the magic of Roach's work. One evening while playing STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, I left my wife and two children laughing and playing in the living room, all immersed in Roach-sound. I went to take a brief bath. Upon returning to visit with my ladies, I found them each fast aslumber, sprawled on couch, chair, and floor with electronic ambience massaging them into deepest sleep. Uncanny. You can't go wrong with this release if you want find truly inspired sonic excursions into the twilight abodes of Hypnos and the Lethean waters of cleansed mind. Highly recommended. (Be forewarned, as you may be soon seeking out all of the releases represented herein.)


Dreaming... Now, Then: A Retrospective 1982 - 1997


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Dreaming... Now, Then: A Retrospective 1982 - 1997
Steve Roach
1999 Fortuna 14163 (CD)
Reviewed by Eclectic Earwig Reviews, Exposť, Insite: Atlanta's Entertainment Magazine, Muze, Outsight

This double CD presents selected pieces from Steve Roach's large body of work on the Fortuna Records label. Carefully selected and sequenced by the artist himself, and remasterd by Roger King, Disc 1 presents the rhythmic-electro-tribal-trance side of his work in nearly chronological order, starting with "The Ritual Continues" from 1982 and winding down with a previously unreleased live montage from 1997.

Disc 2 presents an overview from the vast atmospheric soundworlds that only Steve can brew up. A stirring, spiraling, unreleased archive piece closes the second disk in a subtle yet profound way, illustrating why this influential artist continues to inspire listeners worldwide.
 
Disc 1: The Ritual Continues
1. The Ritual ContinuesMP34:50 
2. ComebackMP32:10 
3. Something in TearsMP35:20 
3. SeekingMP35:25 
4. ConquestMP36:09 
5. The Breathing StoneRealAudioMP36:47 
6. FlatlandsMP34:50 
7. Towards the DreamMP37:09 
8. The ContinentMP34:51 
9. Steel and BoneRealAudioMP32:38 
10. ArtifactsMP311:43 
11. Dreaming NowMP37:27 
12. Ancestral HorizonMP37:49 
Disc 2: Looking For Safety
1. Magnificent GalleryMP36:15 
2. The Slow TurningRealAudioMP37:15 
4. Quiet FriendRealAudioMP313:23 
5. Cloud MotionMP35:11 
6. The MemoryMP35:57 
7. Temple of the FrogMP38:55 
8. DriftMP37:43 
9. The Passing TimeMP312:13 



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