Steve Roach Update: The New Year|
January 16, 2009
Greetings soundcurrent friends,
I was planning to send this a few weeks ago, but it's here now with up-to-the-minute news. I tend to stay low and out of sight during the transition from one year to the next. The studio is the realm of choice, and quite often some compelling pieces are created as the shift occurs from one year to the next. I am now coming back to the surface after a few weeks of working on new music along with the final stages of my upcoming release Dynamic Stillness. With the new year ahead, I want to send my deepest gratitude to all of you for the ongoing interest and passion for the music and for making your choice to order CD's directly from my site. Your direct-from-the-source orders continue to provide the foundation for me to keep going deeper and further within the current, bringing back these experiences and sharing them directly with you. While we all know the era of downloads and the iTunes model is firmly in place, I remain devoted to releasing these statements on CD's wi! th their fully-realized sound quality, Digipak covers and artwork from world-class visual artists, all of which add up to something that is a complete experience to hold. Having grown up with album cover art keeps me connected to that aspect of the releases as well, a tangible and visceral artifact that is connected to the essence of each release. Your continued feedback and appreciation of this tells me I am not alone. The ritual continues!
Yes it's 2009, 27 years after I self-released my first "album" Now on cassette in 1982. Back then, in the days of early man the word of a new release or an emerging artist would slowly spread through word of mouth, traditional media and radio at hand-selected indie stores (and concerts). Eventually some hand-written letters would arrive in the mail wanting a copy. Thrilled, I would write back and in about 3-4 weeks time, the cycle was complete via snail-mail. Fast forward all these years and immense changes but the aim remains the same, to create without compromise and offer the essential experience of these soundcurrent travels as direct as possible, from me to you.
2009 will see a steady flow of new music and other worthy releases. While some are still on the stove with the lid kept on, the first release I'm excited to tell you about is the combining of Spirt Dome and the rare and long-out-of-print Live Archive release, both with Vidna Obmana. We already needed to do a re-press of Spirit Dome, and the idea to include the 2000 release Live Archive seemed like a natural fit. Originally released as a small edition on the Groove label in Holland, Live Archive has been out of print for years. Projekt was all for this new 2-CD set, which is priced as a single CD. These albums were created at the peak of our Tribal-Ambient mode and draw from the energy of touring in Europe and the US, making this a special document that still feels current and vital.
I will continue to feature selected releases from new and established artists which I find find ear-opening. A new release from a unique duo, Lapis Ensemble, deserves your attention. Please read more about this below.
For nearly three years I have been working on Dynamic Stillness. This 2-CD solo release of all-new pieces is coming in a few months on Projekt. It inhabits the Immersion, Mystic Chords and Magnificent Void dimensions, but deeper and further "inside". These are the places I love to live within, and lately I've been in full habitation mode with these pieces and their progression for months. I look forward to sharing this "Stillness" with you. The official release date is April, but we will have copies at the site before then. Please stay tuned...
There are already a few new Timeroom Editions releases cued up and in production, one of which is Destination Beyond. This takes the momentum of Arc of Passion and Landmass into the studio, resulting in a single 70-minute road trip to the next place at the next horizon.
I will meet you there at this next horizon, and from that point look towards the next one. All the best for '09 and again, thank you for your continued interest and support of the music over the years.
Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana: Spirit Dome - Live Archive
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Spirit Dome returns with a perfect companion, Live Archive. Two out-of-print releases from this acclaimed ambient duo are brought together in this value-priced 2-CD release. Living proof of the power of live performance, these recordings are so immediate and engaging it would be easy to assume they were crafted over months in the studio. Live Archive, from their 1997 tour, serves as a natural complement to 2004's Spirit Dome, recorded live to stereo master in one take in a studio-like environment. Live Archive was originally released as a small run on the Groove label in Holland, and has been out of print for several years.
Steve Roach / Vidna Obama's 2002 CD InnerZone served as the doorway to the surreal environment explored on Spirit Dome. Recorded in one continuous 74 minute session in a hotel room in Philadelphia, this is a dark sanctuary of pure texture and beautiful, if foreboding, dissonance pulled along with pulsing beats, subtle loops and dense soundworlds. The track captures a chilling gothic ambience that offers the exploration of remote psychological states of awareness. This is achieved by way of extensive live processing of instruments including fujara (overtone flute), guitar, and the seemingly bottomless wellspring of electro-acoustic sounds found only in the duo's soundscapes.
Live Archive, on the other hand, collects peak performance moments of pure energy and emotion from the duo's live adventures in Europe and the US. The wide range of venues, traveling to various countries, and above all their first tour together fueled their mutual intentions, challenging the artists to create music that does not know the limits of jet lag, equipment failures, and physical demands which occur when leaving the sanctuary of the studio. The sound is steeped in their tribal-ambient period. "Verucchio Invocation" opens the CD, recorded in an Italian Roman-era open amphitheater under the stars, and the experience evolves from this exotic moment.
The artists write: "While our experience reached a level of spontaneous interaction in the studio, it was an entirely different dimension when performing live on stage at a specific moment in time. It was as if we were communicating with each other blindfolded, focusing entirely on the sound appearing in the moment and being exchanged back and forth while the energy of the audience and the space helped feed the process. Although we briefly discussed the structure of each concert, the magic simply came alive when we took the live performance map outside any form of logical preparation, relying on our mutual passion and instinct for traveling in the soundcurrent."
This amazing debut release presents a unique and totally original expression of rarified mystic states. The sense of a sacred ceremony occurring at the site of the Oracle of Delphi or some unknown sacred site in the ancient past or distant future is conjured up at once. The best part of this etheric encounter is how it creates a palpable experience of Sacred Space. On each play of the CD, the spaces seems to appear and recede to places that live beyond the recorded medium. A must-have for deep listeners looking for deep spaces for renewal and reflection. Mastering and sonic enhancement by Steve Roach.
Lapis Ensemble is the collaboration of Tryshe Dhevney and Chandra Lear, two women with a unique sonic vision brought to life. The music created by this partnership is an improvisational interplay of acoustic voice accompanied by Tibetan bowls and Alchemy Crystal Singing bowls. The blending of their unique voices produces a sound that both transports and transforms. They weave elemental tones with intricate harmonies creating pieces that evoke sacred inner-space. Soulful and evolutionary.
Jeffrey Koepper: Luminosity
This fourth solo release from electronic artist Jeffrey Koepper presents a more contempletive aspect of his warm analog synth-based sound creations. Delicate unfolding slow to mid-tempo melodic patterns create a meditative symmetry, while graceful harmonic textures intermix with the flow. The total effect is one of peaceful reflection.
David Parsons: Earthlight
Over his past few releases, New Zealand veteran electronic composer David Parsons has deliberately been refining his electronic composition approach and overall sound sense, drawing from a keen awareness of tone and nuance and a sense of inner and outer spaces in balance. This awareness has developed over many years from both pure electronic music explorations and a deep connection to the music of south Asia. Having traveled extensively through India, Thailand, Indonesia and beyond, recording the indigenous music from these cultures, his many diverse recordings are featured on the Celestial Harmonies label. David's years of experience and the understanding drawn from these acoustic realms has infused Earthlight in a deep and powerful way.
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