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Fade to Gray
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2016 Timeroom Editions 41 (CD) – now shipping
A dark-ambient magma flow of ultra deep harmonic immersion. This is the next chapter in the evolution of Steve's rapturous long-form zone-worlds. Moving beyond the drone form, FADE TO GRAY is a consciousness-activating, 74-minute space of slowly churning, shifting harmonic alchemy. Subterranean sonics emerge rich with visual correlations, deep below the Earth's surface, monitored and amplified into an above-ground listening space. Steve approached FADE TO GRAY as if working on a large scale canvas or as a sculptor, shaping etheric material into sonic form through the tactile process offered by his analog hardware-based studio. Beyond the immersive environment experience, the music also functions on several levels. At low volume and infinite playback, FADE TO GRAY is highly effective for hypnogogic travel and sleep. At a higher volume, on a sound system that supports the emotional impact of full resolution playback, the sensation of a surreal, symphonic movement is magnified, expressing texture, mood, and emotion at a cellular level.
Painting in the Dark
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2016 Timeroom Editions 40 (CD) – now shipping
In this new atmospheric opus, pioneering composer and artist of the transcendent Steve Roach explores the confluence of texture, tonality, sonic abstraction, continuity and space with a set of six interconnected paintings in motion. The spirituality of sound is central within these emotional landscapes with infinite horizons. In the way a visual artist mixes their colors and utilizes the natural light-infused ambience of the studio to support the piece as it evolves, Roach initiated these mystical sonic states under the influence of the late hours at night. Within the shroud of natural darkness and a few low level lights in the studio supporting the creative flow, these paintings in the dark were born. Steve often finds parallels in his creative process to that of a painter or sculptor, and aspired in this direction before discovering electronic music as his main form of artist expression. PAINTING IN THE DARK presents an aesthetic that is unique to Roach's work, embracing the mystery and wonder of sound as a constant evolving companion to the ongoing bloom of consciousness.
|1. ||Threshold||MP3||17:40|| |
|2. ||I See Now||MP3||10:33|| |
|3. ||Painting at the Edge||MP3||19:28|| |
|4. ||Orbit of Memory||MP3||6:51|| |
|5. ||Rapt In Moonlight||MP3||6:25|| |
|6. ||Phosphene View||MP3||12:54|| |
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2016 Projekt PRO336 (CD) – now shipping
Reviewed by Guts of Darkness, Music Tap, Prog Archives
The sound of life, interconnected and unfurling... The spiral, a visual symbol of eternity, is a reoccurring metaphoric theme in Steve Roach's pioneering electronic work. Interpreted into musical form, these six spiraling sonic experiences offer a living activation that connects with a sense of the infinite. Roach's long history and love of analog sequencer-based styles reveal a continuing, evolving awakening within SPIRAL REVELATION's 63 minutes. Using only analog and hardware instruments to focus the mind's ear upon a filigree of intricate patterns woven with a direct hands-on approach, the artist sculpts and caresses sound into being in real time. An emotional through-line brings life to these pieces as the unfurling of time's windings connects to the vivid present and illuminates with anticipation a life-affirming future. A masterful expression of an artist who has infused his soul into the art form of electronic music.
|1. ||We Continue||MP3||11:08|| |
|2. ||Unseen Hands||MP3||6:06|| |
|3. ||Finger on the Pulse||MP3||9:43|| |
|4. ||A Righteous Thing||MP3||6:33|| |
|5. ||Primary Phase||MP3||9:42|| |
|6. ||Spiral Revelation|| ||19:50|| |
2017 Projekt PRO338 (CD)
Different Spaces presents Erik's first 2-CD studio release, clocking in at 2 hours and 45 minutes. This release marks nine years since Steve introduced Erik's music to the Projekt label with the Stream of Thought collaboration. Projekt has gone on to support a long list of beautiful releases from Wøllo over this time, all consistent in quality, style and artistry. In this set, the Norwegian artist moves away from the stately themes and measured compositions of past releases and into a new place that feels lively and spontaneous. Shorter pieces and passages move through, as the title suggests, different spaces on this sonic travelogue. Marking 35 years as an artist-in-sound, Erik's influences and inspirations appear more on the sleeve in some of these pieces. Be it Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, Steve Roach's Towards the Dream from DREAMTIME RETURN, and the pulsing sequencer weavings of Tangerine Dream and Euro electronic classics, the echoes of these and more are felt throughout the release. Wøllo's trademark guitar signature sound and graceful melodic touch remain a constant throughout.
|1. ||Low Winter Sun (Introduction 1)|| ||4:46|| |
|2. ||Points in Time|| ||8:24|| |
|3. ||Solaris|| ||6:40|| |
|4. ||High Plains|| ||8:08|| |
|5. ||Church Mountain|| ||4:39|| |
|6. ||Similar World|| ||6:18|| |
|7. ||Past Theme|| ||5:38|| |
|8. ||Hydra|| ||8:01|| |
|9. ||Kaleidoscope|| ||8:47|| |
|10. ||Evening Island|| ||6:05|| |
|11. ||Memory Space|| ||6:53|| |
|1. ||Mystical Sun (Introduction 2)|| ||5:10|| |
|2. ||Chroma|| ||6:27|| |
|3. ||Motion Blue|| ||5:43|| |
|4. ||The Morph|| ||7:39|| |
|5. ||Rundreise|| ||5:55|| |
|6. ||Circle Dream|| ||4:46|| |
|7. ||Pilgrim Way|| ||8:41|| |
|8. ||Cascade Falls|| ||8:53|| |
|9. ||Mirror Lake|| ||6:06|| |
|10. ||Afterglow|| ||6:31|| |
|11. ||Elysium|| ||7:12|| |
|The Venerable Dark Cloud|
69-minute extended re-release
2016 Projekt PRO330 (CD) – limited edition of 300
An ambient hybrid of traditional Indonesian soundscapes and electronics. Originally released in 2000 on Italy's Amplexus label, Loren Nerell extends THE VENERABLE DARK CLOUD's original 22 minutes to over 69 minutes, culminating in a complete vision capturing a sound that Sequences described as "modern ambient drone music (that) melds with ancient tribal cultures to form something entirely new, sounding ages old".
In 2000, Glen Hammett wrote for The Raging Consciousness Desk, THE VENERABLE DARK CLOUD "is spectacular, creative, and a delight to listen. Enchanting! The sensation the listener comes away with is one of a sacred mysterious quality, and I found myself wanting more when it ended".
Sixteen years later, the wait is over. Capturing an ambient sound informed by Indonesian gamelan music, and the concept of animism, Loren remarks, "What would it be like to be a soul or spirit inside a gong? You would not think in human ways but maybe in gamelan tones. This album is how I imagine it would be to be that gong".
From the liner notes, Loren writes:
This project started back in 1998 when Stefano Gentile asked me to contribute to his Amplexus mini-CD ambient label. The timing was perfect: I had just finished my masters degree in ethnomusicology, it had been a while since I had any time to create music, and I was very eager to get back to creating again.
The first thing that came was the title; well, actually I stole the title. THE VENERABLE DARK CLOUD is the English translation of the name given to the UCLA Javanese gamelan ensemble "Kyai Mendung". I felt this title fit the mood of the music I was writing, plus I also had this concept for what the album was about. Indonesia is predominately Islamic, but underneath there are many layers of other beliefs including Animism, the belief that everything has a soul. This has filtered down into everything including gamelan ensembles; it is thought that the spirit of the ensemble resides in its largest gong. As an outsider, I was fascinated. I wondered, "What would it be like to be a soul or spirit inside a gong?" You would not think in human ways but maybe in gamelan tones. This album is how I imagine it would be to be that gong. "Within The Cloud" is how a gong would think created using only gamelan tones that I processed.
One unique aspect of the Amplexus concept that I found challenging was the short capacity of the little 3-inch CDs they released on; they held about 23 minutes rather than the 74 minutes on a standard CD. It was a challenge, but I found around 22 minutes of music to include. I felt and still feel it is the strongest work I have produced to date.
Fast forward about ten years; the CD is long out of print. Steve Roach suggested that I release the CD again but this time as a full-length version. I went back into my archives and found a couple of tracks that I did not include on the original release due to length. "Liquid Metal Statis" appeared on the Hypnos Compilation CD Weightless, Effortless and has been slightly remixed for this disc. The other was an alternative version of the song "Eclipse," now called "Another Cloud". Completing the vision are tracks "Tenganan Grove" and "Lambat Lane".