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|A Deeper Silence|
2008 Timeroom Editions 19 (CD)
Reviewed by e/i magazine, Electroambient Space, Sonic Curiosity, Sonic Immersion
This new long-form zone billows out like a big sigh of time, breathing steady and strong. Minimal and infinite in its essence, like all of Steve's long-form zones this is a functional soundworld specifically created to enhance the atmosphere of your personal sanctuary, your living environment and beyond. Lower volume playback increases the potency. This sound space serves as a kind of portal to states of subtle awareness, and is perfect for the support of deeper sleeping as well.
|1. ||A Deeper Silence||MP3||73:43|| |
2009 Timeroom Editions 21 (CD)
Reviewed by Signal to Noise
After the stillness comes the AFTERLIGHT. Created in the Spring of 2009, in the afterglow of DYNAMIC STILLNESS, this long-form piece delivers the listener deep inside a multi-dimensional realm of forming clouds, an endless expanse with no boundaries or sense of temporal limits. Amorphous strands of harmonic lumina emerge and recede in a constant unfolding and reconfiguring state for the duration of this pure atmospheric suspension. This piece, along with its two companion releases DESTINATION BEYOND and IMMERSION: FOUR were created over the the same time period, and all share a common sense of breath, interconnection and pursuit of timelessness. Refined over several months, the piece was kept in constant low-volume playback during sleep, rest and times of reflection. The ongoing experience of living with the piece, and shaping it before its release into the world, has become a vital part of Steve's immersion process, going back to 1984's STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE.
|Arc of Passion|
2007 Projekt PRO202 (CD)
Reviewed by Electroambient Space, Musique Machine, Signal to Noise, Sonic Curiosity, Sonic Immersion, Star's End, Tokafi
Three striking new pieces born from the moment. Steve Roach's new 2-CD set seamlessly fuses three long unfolding soundworlds into a vibrant sonic odyssey. The result can only be described as a living, breathing ARC OF PASSION. As one of the pioneers of electronic music, Steve's career has many musical highpoints; ARC OF PASSION proves to be another definitive statement along the path. Advanced response from listeners places this album at the top of the list of must-have releases from Steve's body of work. Steve reaches into his sonic palette to weave elements drawn from his three definitive styles into a continuous, evolving flow. Rich harmonic chords, spiraling sequences and deep sky soundworlds move fluidly within this 2-hour set.
|1. ||Moment of Grace||MP3||19:05|| |
|2. ||Arc of Passion||MP3||31:36|| |
|1. ||Arc of Passion (continued)||MP3||28:44|| |
|2. ||Views Beyond||MP3||21:29|| |
|- ||Disc 1 MP3 Excerpts||MP3|| |
|- ||Disc 2 MP3 Excerpts||MP3|| |
Steve Roach, Vir Unis
2001 Green House Music GHM.01.01 (CD) – last copies, out-of-print
Reviewed by Matt Borghi, Iulian Scutaru, Electronic Shadows, Sequences, Sonic Curiosity, Wind and Wire
The evolution of Elegant Futurism... This is the next highly-anticipated chapter in the BODY ELECTRIC / LIGHT FANTASTIC story, except this time it's a new book altogether. This project has gone through several phases in its development over the past two years. Numerous pieces were created and set aside as the artists made new discoveries and continued pushed the envelope further than ever before. Roach and Vir Unis pulled out all the stops to create a music experience that flows with the natural precision of the body's life-blood, by way of a constant enfoldment of hyperstate fractal grooves and luminous soundworlds that are unique to their collaborative spirit.
|1. ||Dissolving the Code|| ||7:28|| |
|2. ||Evolution|| ||11:38|| |
|3. ||Impulse||MP3||10:07|| |
|4. ||Neurotropic|| ||6:23|| |
|5. ||Mindheart Infusion|| ||12:20|| |
|6. ||Sense|| ||7:57|| |
|7. ||Neural Connection|| ||12:07|| |
|8. ||In the Marrow|| ||5:15|| |
Steve Roach, Vir Unis
1999 Projekt PRO90 (CD)
Reviewed by Alternative Press, AmbiEntrance, Exposé, Groove Unlimited, Illinois Entertainer, Progressive World, Star's End, Synth Music Direct, Usenet's rec.music.newage
Get ready for a new level in bio-electronic "soul stirring body music, forged out of the reflections from the gene pool from which we crawled out." This collaboration has brought about a powerful step forward for both artists. Judging from those who have previewed this recording, it is sure to surprise, delight and perhaps short-circuit fans of dynamic electronic-organic music. This album was created on the instruments of our time by two artists who have reached deep into the heart of the machines, pulling out the passion captured on BODY ELECTRIC.
|Poster out of stock|
2001 Timeroom Editions 6 (CD, Poster)
Reviewed by Hannah M.G. Shapero, Alternate Music Press, Ambient Visions, AmbiEntrance, Backroads Music, Guts of Darkness, Jungle Voodoo, MusicTAP, Sonic Curiosity, Wind and Wire
Steve's new 2001 solo release CORE has evolved into a dynamic convergence of his most essential organic, electronic, rhythmic and atmospheric elements and what could be his most elegant and powerful dynamic solo release in years. This summer has been a time of renewal as Roach turned away from all concerts, collaborations and other offers, directing the focus deep into the heart of this powerful journey, back to the core. 100% pure Steve Roach music.
|1. ||Way of Now||MP3||3:50|| |
|2. ||Wings of Icarus||MP3||7:40|| |
|3. ||Train of Thought||MP3||5:52|| |
|4. ||Resonation Revelation||MP3||6:55|| |
|5. ||Core Meditation||MP3||4:24|| |
|6. ||So it Goes...||MP3||10:06|| |
|7. ||Endorphin Dreamtime||MP3||8:50|| |
|8. ||Hyperportal||MP3||11:57|| |
|9. ||Indigo Yearning||MP3||4:25|| |
1986 Fortuna FOR036 (LP, CD)
Reviewed by Muze
Full blown sequencer-based music illustrating a further evolution in the visceral side of Roach's music. Nine precise pieces that still sound fresh today. A favorite of sequencer music lovers. "On EMPETUS, Roach has created a masterpiece, done purely on synths and sequencers... a rhythmic / melodic tour-de-force of solid, totally compulsive synth music." (Andy Garibaldi â€“ Lotus, England).
2-CD Collectors Edition
2008 Projekt PRO218 (CD)
Reviewed by e/i magazine, MusicTAP, Musique Machine, Sonic Curiosity
The rights to Steve's 1986 release Empetus reverted back to him, and this along with some recently discovered "lost pieces" inspired a 2-CD Collectors Edition. The second disc, "The Early Years", features two amazing long-form sequencer pieces circa 1982. The first piece, "Harmonia Mundi" was recorded live in the L.A.-based Timeroom with Swiss-born electronic musician Thomas Ronkin. At 45 minutes, this is one of the more possessed and intense analog sequencer trance pieces you're likely to hear. "Release" is a 24-minute solo statement of emotion and energy connected to the early years of Steve's evolution in sound, harkening to NOW and TRAVELER. By the time Empetus was released, the approach of these longer German School styles were morphing into a new sound heard on Empetus and beyond.
"Harmonia Mundi" with Thomas Ronkin
2012 Timeroom Editions 26 (CD)
This release reveals an entrancing facet within Steve's evolving Immersion series. With the first four Immersion releases focusing on harmonic meditations and glacial forms, IMMERSION FIVE - CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS began the introduction of movement into the series. GROOVE IMMERSION massages the senses by finding the ultra sweet-spot blending of "infinite" grooves and mercurial soundworlds, holding this space for the course of 70 minutes. A fasinating sense of the present moment constantly updates itself with micro shifts inside mandala-like rhythms. At times, an almost weightless sense of being becomes another part of this of mind-altering GROOVE IMMERSION experience.
2009 Timeroom Editions 22 (CD)
Reviewed by Signal to Noise
After months of distillation, IMMERSION: FOUR has been released from its vessel in a slow and steady flow, as if streaming forth from an infinite sound fountain. IMMERSION: FOUR embraces the senses with the warmth and micro subtle perceptual shifts that has defined the Immersion series. No beginning, no end, designed for infinite playback mode, IMMERSION: FOUR is a steady state zone created specifically as a tone meditation, enhancing the living space as sonic incense. Gently immersive and especially effective at low volume, the non-dynamic nature of this space supports focused day and night activities. The Immersion series is perfect for creative states, sleeping, reading, long hours at the computer and other functions where traditional music could be considered invasive.
|1. ||Immersion: Four||MP3||73:55|| |
2003 Timeroom Editions 12 (CD)
Reviewed by Ambient Musings, Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Guts of Darkness, Ping Things, Sonic Curiosity, Star's End, Synth Music Direct, Wind and Wire, Wind and Wire
A chronicle of new and classic unreleased pure electronic sequencer-driven pieces filled with beauty and emotion. Spiraling melodic sequences, floating majestic textures along with thematic and melodic contributions from guest synthesist Paul Ellis all add up to a set of music that is filled with optimism and passion from start to conclusion.
|1. ||Lightness of Being||MP3||4:56|| |
|2. ||Living the Dream||MP3||16:56|| |
|3. ||Sundial||MP3||9:27|| |
|4. ||Sands of Time||MP3||15:03|| |
|5. ||Destination Horizon||MP3||27:12|| |
|- ||Sands of Time Live||MP3||17:55|| |
3, 4 with Paul Ellis; "Sands of Time Live" is an Internet bonus, not on the CD, recorded live June 29, 2002 in Portland
1999 Hearts of Space 11094 (CD)
Reviewed by Gary Andrews, Brian Parnham, various listener comments, Billboard, L.A. Weekly, Muze, Progressive World, RhythmUS, SCI FI Magazine, Wind and Wire
LIGHT FANTASTIC does much to subvert one's expectations of musical structure, while remaining unabashedly beautiful throughout. Roach's soundworlds have never sounded more rich and full of light. On the other hand, the complexity of the 'fractal grooves' allows the hybrid percussion to assume what would be the melodic content of a given piece. The rhythms are as willful and intricate as an African drumming group or drum 'n' bass track, continually morphing from one pattern into another, describing animated moiré patterns in sound.
|Now / Traveler|
1992 Fortuna 17048 (CD)
Reviewed by Muze
Steve's first two releases on one CD. European influenced sequencer music (i.e. Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze) is balanced with early tribal-atmospheric pieces that suggested what was to come.
|Box Set out of stock|
2005 Timeroom Editions 16 (CD)
Reviewed by Peter Grenader, Frank MacEowen, Mark Morton, CD Services (UK), Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Morpheus Music, Sonic Curiosity, Sonic Immersion
This pivotal new long-form soundworld work pulls back the layers and increases the magnification to reveal a truly organic, analog-based core sound at a level not heard before in Steve's music. The metaphor of emerging lifeforms on a possible planet sets the mood for the three movements presented as a continuous immersive zone. "Wet", "shimmering", "cellular" and "diaphanous" are some words that could describe this living-breathing soundscape.
|1. ||First Murmer||MP3||16:01|| |
|2. ||Gestation||MP3||31:26|| |
|3. ||Cell Memory||MP3||25:52|| |
The three movements form a continuous flow. Also available as part of THE DREAMTIME BOX.
2006 Timeroom Editions 17 (CD)
Reviewed by Sylvain Lupari, Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Ping Things, Sonic Curiosity, Tokafi
"Shimmering", "life-affirming" and "moving only forward" best describes this new release drawn from the pulsing side of the lifeblood found in Steve's work. PROOF POSITIVE was created over the past year, from '05 to '06. These all-new pieces, sequential with textural undercurrents, have a kind floating sensation; the sum total is purely hypnotic with a contained and sustained energy that is consistent through the entire CD. This one lights up the brain and excites the ears in a way that only a hands-on spontaneous approach to carving pure analog sound can offer. A touchstone release for Steve, this is a perfect set for long drives on the open road or for traveling the inner landscapes while cruising in your favorite listening chair. Proof Positive indeed!
|1. ||Westwind||MP3||21:46|| |
|2. ||Living the Pulse||MP3||4:13|| |
|3. ||Essential Occurrence||MP3||3:32|| |
|4. ||Adreno Stream||MP3||11:25|| |
|5. ||Proof Positive||MP3||32:56|| |
Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana
2005 Projekt PRO177 (CD)
Reviewed by David Rush, amazon.com, Muze, Sonic Curiosity, Star's End, Wind and Wire
First released as a limited edition of 2000 in 1998, the 3-CD box set ASCENSION OF SHADOWS quickly sold out, and has remained a highly-desired prize for Roach and Obmana fans. In response to consistent requests, Projekt has initiated a reissue series which will present each disc as its own release, using John Cagian principles: the release dates are hinged upon when PRO177, PRO188 and PRO199 arrive on Projekt's release schedule.
Live at NEARfest
2006 NEARfest Records NFR0008 (CD)
Reviewed by Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Sonic Curiosity
For an uninterrupted 45 minutes, Steve Roach captivated the NEARfest audience in 2005 with a hyper-charged set designed to create an exhilarating ride through the many worlds found in his sonic landscapes. Fire-breathing primal-voiced synths, pulsing rhythms and haunting didgeridoo passionately intertwine as STORM SURGE progresses to an emotional climax. This is a well-timed release, as those who are experiencing the KAIROS DVD can hear first-hand one of the many concerts that helped shaped the outcome of the DVD. This abbreviated set was supported by visuals that were part of the developing KAIROS project. STORM SURGE: LIVE AT NEARFEST is presented just as it occurred, with no edits or post studio fixes; the sound of the hall and the audience is all a part of the impact of this powerful live document.
|1. ||This Planet||MP3||1:58|| |
|2. ||Mystic Passage||MP3||2:11|| |
|3. ||Wings of Icarus||MP3||5:12|| |
|4. ||Core Meditation||MP3||9:42|| |
|5. ||Void Passage-Portal||MP3||4:52|| |
|6. ||Possible Passage||MP3||4:23|| |
|7. ||NEARstorm||MP3||8:29|| |
|8. ||End Portal||MP3||0:43|| |
|9. ||Holding the Pearl||MP3||4:51|| |
|10. ||Darktime||MP3||3:34|| |
|Stream of Thought|
Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo
2008 Projekt PRO224 (CD)
Reviewed by All Music Guide, e/i magazine, Electroambient Space, Guts Of Darkness, MusicTAP, Sonic Curiosity, Sonic Immersion, Tokafi
The mind is a mystery of thoughts and fluidly-shifting collected memories. There are many thoughts which form complete stories, while others are mere threads with no beginning or ending. The flow of ideas is energetic, pulsating and often in dramatic contrast. In the same manner, STREAM OF THOUGHT escorts us with cinematic precision through the mind's uncountable destinations. Organic electronic and new ambient sonic boundaries effortlessly dissolve on STREAM OF THOUGHT.
Presented as a 73-minute continuous flow.
|The Road Eternal|
Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo
2011 Projekt PRO259 (CD)
Reviewed by Ambient Music Guide, Brutal Resonance, Hypnagogue, Musique Machine, New Age Retailer, One Thousand Pulses, Relaxed Machinery, seanwilliams.com, Sonic Immersion, Star's End, Synth & Sequences
Following their collaboration STREAM OF THOUGHT, Roach and Wollo reunite to travel THE ROAD ETERNAL, an electronic/ambient path filled with passion and beauty. Six engaging and expansive rhythmic sequencer-based tracks intersperse with ambient zones and soaring electric guitar textures highlighting sparse, arching thematic lines.
|1. ||The Road Eternal||MP3||21:21|| |
|2. ||Depart at Sunrise||MP3||9:16|| |
|3. ||The Next Place||MP3||12:15|| |
|4. ||First Twilight||MP3||4:35|| |
|5. ||Travel By Moonlight||MP3||10:06|| |
|6. ||Night Strands||MP3||5:16|| |