|Desert-Ambient — Releases that directly express the expansive landscapes, forever skies, dramatic atmospheric conditions and sensual heat found in this land of extremes.
|Amplexus: Collected Works|
1997 Projekt PRO72 (CD)
The artists created these three, 20-minute pieces for the Amplexus series in Italy, originally presented on a 3-inch CD, each limited to 1000 copies. Roach and Vidna Obmana draw from the tribal-ambient well, while Brennan provides a driving, hypnotic sequencer-style piece.
Ascension of Shadows
|CD out of stock|
Meditations For the Millennium
Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana
1999 Projekt (CD)
Reviewed by Muze, Star's End, Wind and Wire
The next chapter in the collaborative work between Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana is sure to delight those who appreciate the more serene, atmospheric side of their work together. On Ascension, the artists return to a more minimal core of sounds and approaches to reveal an atmosphere that flows for over three hours. As the acceleration toward the new century builds, this music offers a space for repose so needed these days.
limited edition 3-CD set in black cloth box
|Australia: Sound of the Earth|
Steve Roach, David Hudson, Sarah Hopkins
1990 Fortuna 17071 (CD, Cassette)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Muze
Roach's second trip to Australia was documented by yet another breakthrough release that was celebrated in Australia with high critical regard. David Hudson's didgeridoo and cellist Sarah Hopkins are featured in this sonic travelogue down under. "It is somewhat ironic that one of the best Western-Aboriginal fusions has been the work of the highly regarded American ambient musician, Steve Roach." -- (Sydney Morning Herald)
|1. ||Red Dust and Sweat|| ||10:40|| |
|2. ||Call to Kuranda|| ||3:12|| |
|3. ||The Ancient Voice|| ||3:06|| |
|4. ||Atmosphere for Dreaming|| ||7:47|| |
|5. ||Darktime|| || |
|6. ||The Initiation|| ||7:09|| |
|7. ||Origin||MP3||4:32|| |
|8. ||Spirits|| ||3:16|| |
|9. ||The Hunter|| ||3:00|| |
|10. ||Awakening the Earth|| ||14:06|| |
|11. ||Land Sound||MP3||5:14|| |
|12. ||The Dreaming Place|| ||5:14|| |
Steve Roach, Michael Stearns, Kevin Braheny
1989 Fortuna 17070 (CD, Cassette)
Reviewed by CD Review, Muze
The follow-up to WESTERN SPACES, this time with Michael Stearns. The intensity of the desert's elemental power and allure are brought into focus on this collection of evocative sound paintings. Intense heat and thunder storms, craggy desert mountains, vast labyrinth-like canyons are at the center of this remarkable portrait of the American Southwest, one that the late writer Ed Abby wrote about so potently in the book Desert Solitaire from which the title was borrowed.
|1. ||Flatlands||MP3||4:50|| |
|2. ||Labyrinth|| ||6:56|| |
|3. ||Specter||MP3||9:31|| |
|4. ||The Canyon's Embrace||RealAudio||3:35|| |
|5. ||Cloud of Promise|| ||6:38|| |
|6. ||Knowledge & Dust|| ||3:23|| |
|7. ||Shiprock|| ||4:00|| |
|8. ||Highnoon|| ||10:30|| |
|9. ||Empty Time|| ||5:51|| |
|10. ||From the Heart of Darkness|| ||3:50|| |
|11. ||Desert Solitaire||MP3||6:06|| |
Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf, Dashmesh Khalsa
2010 Dr. BAM's Music DBM006 (CD)
Reviewed by New Age Retailer
The essential ingredients of ancient and contemporary shamanic trance states are fully activated in this highly potent new release. Byron carved out a collection of incredible trance grooves for nearly a year, eventually bringing in the prana-infused didgeridoo of Dashmesh Khalsa on every track. Steve joined on in early January 2010 and poured his heart and soul-drenched soundworlds into the six pieces, covering a full range of ecstatic dreamtime flow: rhythm, breath and expansion. The end result is a full-blown dreamtime alchemy of all the elements. The living, breathing percussion, didgeridoo and soundworlds are unified in a single purpose: to open to the door out of the ordinary world, initiating the listener into an empowered journey of infinite possibilities for spiritual rebirth, illumination, and transcendence.
|1. ||Dream Tracker||MP3||20:18|| |
|2. ||Dreamtime Alchemy||MP3||10:04|| |
|3. ||From the Inside||MP3||9:18|| |
|4. ||Thunder Walk||MP3||11:47|| |
|5. ||Roo Runner||MP3||9:55|| |
|6. ||Realms of the Sacred Seed||MP3||12:02|| |
|Box Set out of stock|
2005 Projekt PRO175 (CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Alternative Press, CD Review, Deep Listenings, Echoes, Electroambient Space, Exposé, e|i magazine, e|i magazine, Hearts of Space, Morpheus Music, Muze, Sonic Curiosity, Synth Music Direct
Since its release in 1988, DREAMTIME RETURN has earned its reputation as a genuine classic. The two-CD Magnum Opus is perhaps the most important, widely known and highly respected release in Steve Roach's vast body of work. it serves as an essential benchmark within the Ambient-Ethno-Atmospheric genre. DREAMTIME RETURN still sounds like a transmission from the near future and the very distant past. Roach's travels in the Australian outback, along with studies of the Aboriginal Dreamtime, and his desert walkabouts in California were the lifeblood for this recording which still defies the boundaries of genre classification 17 years after its release... This 2005 edition has been lovingly remastered using a 24-bit process, and sounds better than ever. It also features never-before seen photos from Steve's Australian adventure during the making of this recording.
24-bit digital remaster with additional artwork. Re-released February 2016 in a beautiful double-Digipak with booklet.
|CD out of stock|
|Cassette out of stock|
|Vinyl out of stock|
1988 Fortuna 18055 (CD, Cassette, Vinyl)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Alternative Press, CD Review, Echoes, Exposé, Hearts of Space, Muze, Synth Music Direct
"Steve Roach demonstrates that electronic music's greatest potential may lie in bringing our most elusive dreams and ancient memories into focus through potent, highly imaginative soundscapes. This is without question Steve Roach's masterpiece." 10-10 rating, CD Review
1-8, 2-1: CD-only bonus tracks; 2-1: CD extended version; re-released 1998 with new packaging, and 24-bit remastered in 2005
|Dust to Dust|
Steve Roach, Roger King
1998 Projekt PRO79 (CD)
Reviewed by Brett Neely, John Pemble, AmbiEntrance, Alternative Press, CounterPunch, Illinois Entertainer, Muze
Western Music in the truest sense. It is a bold step in a new direction: Where sounds paint pictures with a range of colors drawn from the land, where stories are told with the instruments of old and new pioneers. Guitars, harmonicas and washboard rhythms find their place next to a wagon full of electronics. This is the music, and even more the soundtrack, to the lingering ghosts and the lost and not-so-forgotten dreams of the restless souls driven to "Go West by God!" The story shifts between the present and the recent past when a dust trail was the only road west. The rails were freshly laid, still wet with sweat and blood. For better or worse, hopes and dreams turned real in the vast southwestern deserts, becoming a metaphor for a clean slate and a better life.
2001 Projekt PRO111 (CD)
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts, All Music Guide, Alternative Press, AmbiEntrance, CD Services (UK), Incursion, Ink 19, Ink 19, Muze, Outburn, Sonic Curiosity, Star's End, StarVox, The Raging Consciousness Desk, Tower Pulse!
Best described as primeval innerspace deep ambient. EARLY MAN brings into form an ancient landscape of bubbling pools and steamy marshlands, verdant arroyos and monolithic rock formations. Cave paintings and ancient memories come to life in a slow soul-dance of evolutionary magic. The accolades from press and listeners alike tell that EARLY MAN belongs to Roach's classic body of work which includes DREAMTIME RETURN, ORIGINS, THE MAGNIFICENT VOID and last year's quietly successful MIDNIGHT MOON.
|Holding the Space: Fever Dreams II|
2004 Timeroom Editions 13 (CD)
Reviewed by e|i magazine, Hypnagogue, Morpheus Music, Ping Things, Tokafi
"Brace yourself for one of the most stunning tribal-ambient-atmospheric recordings ever made. In HOLDING THE SPACE, the second installment in the FEVER DREAMS series, soundcurrent wizard Steve Roach dishes up a heroic dose of powerful sonic textures saturated with archetypal power from the collective ancestral depths. Take a breath and plunge head-first into an astonishing blend of meticulously crafted synth worlds and multi-layered throbbing grooves, augmented by the high-velocity percussion of Byron Metcalf and the achingly beautiful vocals of Jennifer Grais. This holotropic recording pulses with life and spirit, beckoning each of us to journey to our depths to discover (or recover) what possibilities we are destined to embody. This is archaeology of the soul." â€“ Frank MacEowen, M.A., author, shamanic-guide
|1. ||The Wounded Healer||MP3||9:20|| |
|2. ||Energy Well||MP3||7:17|| |
|3. ||Opening the Space||MP3||6:18|| |
|4. ||Heart's Core||MP3||8:49|| |
|5. ||Fires Burning||MP3||9:03|| |
|6. ||Metamorphic||MP3||9:59|| |
|7. ||Holding the Space||MP3||21:23|| |
Immersion Five - Circadian Rhythms
|Box Set out of stock|
2011 Timeroom Editions 24 (CD)
Reviewed by Electroambient Space, Guts of Darkness, Hypnagogue, MusicTAP, Sonic Curiosity, Sonic Immersion
The Immersion series takes a compelling turn, moving towards a new perspective on Steve's Immersion experience. Disc one, "Circadian Rhythms" explores a sensual flow of harmonic suspension and sparse melodic mantra-like patterns hovering over rhythmic spaces and mercurial zones. Opening up within an organic analog modular garden of sound, a pulsing undulating groove spiral emerges, creating a suspended sensation of constant flow while hovering in the now. "Circadian Rhythms" moves through a continuous 73-minute flow in three phases.
|1. ||Circadian Rhythms||MP3||73:44|| |
|1. ||Shroud of Night||MP3||73:33|| |
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|| |
2006 Projekt PRO181 (CD)
Reviewed by Frank MacEowen, Nathan Poorman, Back On the Tracks, Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Morpheus Music, MusicTAP, Musique Machine
IMMERSION: ONE is the first of an ongoing series of long form, steady state "zones" created specifically as tone meditations for the living space. Gently immersive and especially effective at low volume, the non-dynamic nature of this space can support sleeping as well as creative states, reading and other functions where "music" is considered invasive. Purposely untitled, minimal in nature and sonically uninterrupted for 74 minutes, this "tone zone" brings Steve's years as a sound painter of deep subtlety to a point where the "brush" has only a few bristles and nothing more is needed.
|1. ||Immersion: One||MP3||73:40|| |
|Journey of One|
The Tribal Ambient Era Live 1996
2011 Projekt PRO266 (CD)
Reviewed by Connexion Bizarre, Morpheus Music, Relaxed Machinery, Sonic Curiosity, Synth & Sequences
JOURNEY OF ONE is a pinnacle live performance captured during the zenith of Steve Roach's rich tribal-ambient origins of the mid-1990's. The music rises from the darkness, an ancient voice chants in serpentine ecstasy only to subside and hover next to silence, soon broken by raging hybrid trance grooves, didgeridoo and mind-altering soundscapes that mesh to form a soundtrack for a future-primal culture. JOURNEY OF ONE is an ascent into the mystical and primordial places Roach first developed on DREAMTIME RETURN, ARTIFACTS, ORIGINS, WORLD'S EDGE and his Suspended Memories collaborations. This 2-CD set unfolds like the genesis of this influential sound.
|1. ||Journey of One, Pt. 1||MP3||47:32|| |
|2. ||Journey of One, Pt. 2||MP3||50:59|| |
The Meeting of Time and Destiny / A Visual Music Odyssey
2006 Timeroom Visions (Video)
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.
|1. ||Soul's Time||MP3|| |
|2. ||Core Regeneration||MP3|| |
|3. ||Resonation Portal||MP3|| |
|4. ||Etheric Planet||MP3|| |
|5. ||Lifeforming||MP3|| |
|6. ||Biogenesis||MP3|| |
|7. ||Womb of Light||MP3|| |
|8. ||The Great Return||MP3|| |
Total run-time 74:46. Video clips on the Feature page.
|Live at SoundQuest Fest|
2011 Timeroom Editions (CD)
Reviewed by Hypnagogue, One Thousand Pulses
Steve's pinnacle performance from 2010's SoundQuest Fest proved to be a real moment in time, and fortunately it was documented with a high resolution recording that places the listener front and center on that special night. Presented as a single CD, the first 74 minutes of the concert are experienced as it unfolded. Three distinct realms are seamlessly mapped out in this inspired set. The opening starts with a 25-minute piece of perpetual forward motion in the mode of DESTINATION BEYOND, created specially for the concert, carved from pure analog synths and sequencers. From here we experience an amazing interplay between didgeridoo players Dashmesh Khalsa, Brian Parnham, percussionist Byron Metcalf and Steve performing real-time looping, processing and mixing along with soundworlds, ocarina and voice. This passage is an all-out expression of shamanic ecstasy that boils over into the engulfing tribal trance state of "Thunder Walk" from the recent release DREAM TRACKER. The last portion of the set settles into an ultra drifting electro-organic zone. This evocative space, which premiered at the Fest, would soon evolve into the opening of IMMERSION FIVE - CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS.
|1. ||Momentum of Desire||MP3||28:36|| |
|2. ||Medicine of the Moment||MP3||12:06|| |
|3. ||Thunderwalkers||MP3||11:13|| |
|4. ||Morphic||MP3||5:37|| |
|5. ||Off Planet Passage||MP3||16:19|| |
Monuments of Ecstasy
|Hi-Res 24-bit 96 kHZ |
Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf, Rob Thomas
2015 Projekt PRO313 (CD)
Reviewed by Exposé, Relaxed Machinery, Textura
The visionary tribal-ambient trio of Byron Metcalf, Steve Roach and Rob Thomas opens a portal into an expanded state of being. MONUMENTS OF ECSTASY contains six impeccably crafted pieces of modern-tribal magic; the visceral power of sound and rhythm work to activate a body-centered passion and life-force arousal. Byron's drums and percussion fuse with Steve's hybrid grooves, array of analog modular, virtual analog synths and mixing enhancements; Rob's serpentine didgeridoo weaves aboriginal textures and otherworldly voices, adding ancient layers to the trio's flows and soundscapes. The result are majestic and powerful formations that rise up from the earth in an ever-evolving organic listening experience.
Driven by a constant current of fluid percussive pulses, the music induces a sense of hyper-perception on all levels -- from cellular to celebration. This is akin to the expanded level of awareness achieved throughout time by seekers worldwide. The entire body becomes a receptor-center for these primal forms of rhythmic momentum and emotive textures. A myriad of interwoven patterns, accentuated by state of the art recording, mixing and mastering, combine to transport the listener into a numinous dimension of energy, expansion and bliss -- the very definition of ecstasy.
Activating an euphoric state of body-mind-spirit awareness, the tracks develop and emerge as they reveal their intensity and power. Just like the massive, magnificent monuments that grace the album cover, these pieces inspire a breathtaking state of awe. With an underlying power and strength, the expansiveness of these MONUMENTS OF ECSTASY await...
|1. ||Archaic Layers||MP3||11:29|| |
|2. ||Monuments of Trance||MP3||16:31|| |
|3. ||Primal Analog||MP3||9:20|| |
|4. ||Molecules of Momentum||MP3||9:05|| |
|5. ||Monuments of Ecstasy||MP3||15:08|| |
|6. ||This Place on Earth||MP3||4:36|| |
1993 Fortuna 17081 (CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Muze
Steve's next solo after extensive touring in Europe and fruitful collaborations with Robert Rich and Suspended Memories. Primordial shamanic electronic music at its most powerful. Steve's didgeridoo playing is woven throughout. Jorge Reyes appears as guest, and the hybrid trance grooves find a new level of potency infused by surreal soundworlds dripping with primordial sweat. Incredible liner note story by Linda Kohanov helps to set the mood. Perfect music to shake the primordial cage door loose and run outside.
|1. ||Artifacts||MP3||11:43|| |
|2. ||Connected Underground||RealAudioMP3||11:13|| |
|3. ||Clay, Wood, Bone, Dirt||MP3||6:22|| |
|4. ||In the Eyes of the Spirit||MP3||7:56|| |
|5. ||The Face in the Fire||MP3||11:49|| |
|6. ||Dreaming Now, Then||MP3||18:58|| |
The Music of Connection
2013 Epona (CD)
This collection of pieces was refined over several years of movement magic between horses and humans. Created for the Eponaquest horse-faciliated workshop Rasa Dance by equine innovator and best-selling author Linda Kohanov, the music sets the tone for interactive sessions where horses and humans literally move and dance together, thus providing a supportive atmosphere for the experience of connection. This dynamic music set covers a powerful range of emotions and inspiration which perfectly mirrors the Rasa Dance workshop theme. The collection brings together an inspired set of thematic, rhythmic, and melodic pieces from Steve Roach's vast body of work.
Track 2 titled "Truth and Beauty"; Track 7 titled "Eye of Noche" (both previously-released).
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.
|Spirit Dome - Live Archive|
Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana
2009 Projekt PRO225 (CD)
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.
|Streams & Currents|
2001 Projekt PRO128 (CD)
Reviewed by Alternate Music Press, Alternative Press, amazon.com, Ambient Visions, AmbiEntrance, EMR Electronic Music Reviews, Ink 19, New Times L.A., Sonic Curiosity, StarVox, Tower Pulse!, Tower Records epulse
STREAMS & CURRENTS creates a sanctuary that is rarely found in today's music. The perfect atmosphere for contemplation and dreaming with eyes open.is imbued with an ephemeral quality that seems to linger at the edge of conscious perception, creating an introspective, enveloping flow of mood-altering pieces. The album progresses into deeper, darker, warmer, and quieter zones, towards a beautiful submerged ending. The mercurial ebb and flow found within STREAMS & CURRENTS creates a sanctuary that is rarely found in today's music. The perfect atmosphere for contemplation and dreaming with eyes open.
|1. ||Present Moment|| ||7:52|| |
|2. ||Spirit Moves||MP3||28:37|| |
|3. ||Slow Rising|| ||14:38|| |
|4. ||Almost Touching||MP3||13:56|| |
|5. ||Ebb|| ||4:52|| |
|6. ||Flow|| ||4:00|| |
Steve Roach, Loren Nerell
2006 Projekt PRO233 (CD)
Reviewed by Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Tokafi
TERRAFORM is the first full collaborative album for longtime friends Steve Roach and Loren Nerell. The two composers met in LA in 1981, back in the early days of the electronic music scene. It was a time when like-minded musicians who understood the importance of emerging technology were coming together in local clubs and performance venues to share what they knew and learn from one another. After years of friendship and occasional musical collaboration the two decided to convene in a relaxed setting to see what they could distill from a blending of their collective talents and individual styles to accomplish common aims.
Unlimited edition in traditional jewel case.
The Delicate Beyond
|Hi-Res 24-bit 96 kHZ |
2014 Timeroom Editions 31 (CD)
The special limited-edition release, included free with hardcopy purchases of THE DELICATE FOREVER, was gone in no time. After many requests, Steve has created a second limited-edition run. This is serenity at a cellular level, the essence of hearing beyond and into forever. Presented on CD in Eco-Wallet, 24-bit 96 kHZ high resolution download, and FLAC/MP3 from Bandcamp.
|The Desert Collection|
2014 Timeroom Editions 30 (CD)
The Desert Experience:
This release started as a collection of desert-themed tracks sequenced for summer road trips between Arizona and California, sometimes in dark of night cloaked from the heat, other trips in the broad searing rays of the Summer sun. Drawing from over three decades of desert music, this magical blend creates a set that places one directly into the dramatic and emotive, immersive Southwest landscapes.
The Desert Inbetween
|Box Set out of stock|
Steve Roach, Brian Parnham
2011 Projekt PRO253 (CD)
Reviewed by Richard Gürtler, AllMusic, Electroambient Space, Guts of Darkness, Hypnagogue, MusicTAP, Sonic Curiosity, Sonic Immersion, Synth & Sequences
Steve Roach's unique soundquests continue to take him and his listeners on powerful journeys to worlds at once alien and familiar. On THE DESERT INBETWEEN, Roach teams up with fellow synthesist/percussionist/didgeridoo player Brian Parnham to explore a hybrid electronic acoustic soundworld sure to please listeners of Suspended Memories and ORIGINS -era tribalism as well as THE SERPENT'S LAIR -styled electronics.
|1. ||Opening Sky||MP3||11:03|| |
|2. ||Ancestral Passage||MP3||9:19|| |
|3. ||Serpent Gulch||MP3||11:11|| |
|4. ||Somewhere Between||MP3||7:13|| |
|5. ||Spirit Passage||MP3||4:14|| |
|6. ||Return to the Underground||MP3||17:14|| |
|7. ||When the Raven Flies|| ||6:31|| |
|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|| |
|The Serpent's Lair|
Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf
2000 Projekt PRO107 (CD)
Reviewed by amazon.com, AmbientVisions, Interface, Muze, NAPRA Review, Sonic Curiosity, The Raging Consciousness Desk
Beginning as a collaboration between Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf, the music on THE SERPENT'S LAIR evolved over the past year into an epic 2-CD set, augmented with a myriad of guests. This release has it all: Steve's ultra-soundworlds, hybrid grooves and magical production, combined with Byron's acoustic-organic tribal trance patterns. Aligning with themes of shamanic initiation found throughout the world, the music is rooted in the organic... the earth... the ancestors... It is here that one is confronted with all the essential elements of danger and possibility.
|Disc 1: The Serpent's Lair|
|1. ||The Lair|| ||12:14|| |
|2. ||Rite of Passage|| ||14:09|| |
|3. ||Shedding the Skin|| ||5:39|| |
|4. ||Big Medicine|| ||12:53|| |
|5. ||Future Tribe||MP3||8:30|| |
|6. ||Birthright|| ||5:59|| |
|7. ||Osmosis|| ||4:04|| |
|8. ||Egg Chamber Dreaming|| ||8:53|| |
|Disc 2: Offerings From the Underworld|
|1. ||Offering in Waves|| ||10:55|| |
|2. ||Impending Sense of Calm|| ||9:03|| |
|3. ||Cave Dwellers|| ||23:08|| |
|4. ||Primal Passage|| ||4:47|| |
|5. ||Serpent Clan|| ||5:02|| |
|6. ||Beating Heart of the Dragon Mother|| ||6:50|| |
|7. ||Ochua|| ||9:26|| |
|The Shaman's Heart II: The Healing Journey|
Byron Metcalf (with Steve Roach)
2010 Projekt PRO268 (CD)
THE SHAMAN'S HEART II is an entrancing 70-minute shamanic journey of uninterrupted, evolving tribal-trance drumming and percussion that continuously builds in rhythmic complexity and dynamic intensity. Byron is joined by Steve Roach who provides the harmonic and textural psychotropic stew created from a rich, organic and analog blend. The alchemy with the percussion results in an ecstasy that helps hold the space for the listener to journey far and deep into powerful and sustained shamanic states of consciousness. The journey culminates in a bursting forth through the full spectrum portal of pure existence -- returning safely home to the heart-centered presence and potential of the true self.
|1. ||The Shaman's Heart II||MP3||71:10|| |
|CD out of stock|
Steve Roach, Jeffrey Fayman, Robert Fripp, Momodou Kah
2002 Projekt PRO135 (CD)
Reviewed by Hannah M.G. Shapero, Bret Miller, Earwaves Media, Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, MusicTAP, New Age Voice, Outline Magazine, Sonic Curiosity, Under the Volcano
TRANCE SPIRITS by Steve Roach, Jeffrey Fayman, Robert Fripp and Momodou Kah represents the next step in genuine tribal ambient soundscapes. This amazing gathering of artists makes a magnificent leap into the future of acoustically-fused electronic music.
|1. ||Taking Flight|| ||10:36|| |
|2. ||Trance Spirits||MP3||16:44|| |
|3. ||Off Spring|| ||8:10|| |
|4. ||Seekers|| ||7:20|| |
|5. ||The Calling|| ||5:47|| |
|6. ||Year of the Horse||MP3||13:34|| |
|7. ||In The Same Deep Water|| ||11:42|| |
Truth & Beauty
|CD out of stock|
The Lost Pieces Volume Two
1999 Timeroom Editions 2 (CD)
Reviewed by Exposé, Sequences, Synth Music Direct
This second Timeroom Editions release flows with a prime collection of lost pieces from the DREAMTIME RETURN period up to 1998. Some of the pieces have appeared on multi-artist samplers, while others have been gathered for this special release. TRUTH & BEAUTY creates a connected story line, which seems to fit together like the soundtrack to an imaginary film. Check the discography for a track listing.
3, 4, 5, 6, 8 previously unreleased; 4, 5 with Suso Saiz.
|Truth & Beauty|
2010 Timeroom Editions / Projekt PRO241 (CD)
Reviewed by Exposé, Sequences, Synth Music Direct
TRUTH & BEAUTY is a perfect blend of Steve's rich atmospheric and tribal ambient infused work. Originally released in March 1999 on Steve's own Timeroom Editions label, this album is now co-released by Timeroom and Projekt, at a nice price. This will be the first time the album is available in retail stores.
A Timeroom Editions / Projekt joint re-release. 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 previously unreleased; 4, 5 with Suso Saiz.
|Vine ~ Bark & Spore|
Steve Roach, Jorge Reyes
2000 Timeroom Editions 5 (CD)
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts, Gary Andrews, Incursion, Sonic Curiosity, Star's End, The Raging Consciousness Desk
VINE ~ BARK & SPORE captures a pure, organic sound that is rich with a potent magical atmosphere. The remote and mysterious locations deep in Mexico's historic landscape, as well as the hallucinogenic terrain of the Sonoran desert in Southern Arizona, provide the ground where this music takes place. The musical elixir was created from a surreal blending of acoustic and electronic instruments, along with voice and location recordings. With strong shamanic undercurrents, it creates an opening to step through time and again. VINE ~ BARK & SPORE offers music as medicine for the soul. The music of Roach and Reyes acts as a transmitter of the attitudes that ancient cultures had towards music and the spiritual aspects of life, while merging with the currents of today.
Well of Souls
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Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana
1995 Projekt PRO60 (Poster, CD)
Reviewed by John Pemble, Detroit Metro Times, i/e, Muze, The Tracking Angle
Steve Roach and Belgium-based Vidna Obmana in their first fully-realized duo project. A dark and inviting descent through textures that swirl and drift like liquid smoke while ethno-electronic grooves throb with primal urges. This double CD presents a "day" and "night" disc, starting with the rhythmic, then moving to pure atmospheric drifts. "This is an unequalled achievement and nothing in ambient or space-music can be compared... organic, graceful, it approaches the realm of the sacred." -- (Detroit Metro Times)
|1. ||In the Presence of Something||MP3||9:57|| |
|2. ||In the Realm of Twilight -- Outlands One||MP3||13:13|| |
|3. ||The Secret Arrival -- Outlands Two||MP3||14:08|| |
|4. ||The Gathering||RealAudioMP3||24:08|| |
|1. ||Deep Hours||MP3||29:24|| |
|2. ||Well of Souls||RealAudio||25:58|| |
|3. ||The Quiet Companion||MP3||8:14|| |
|4. ||The Dwelling Place||MP3||9:02|| |
Steve Roach, Thom Brennan, Kevin Braheny
1987 Fortuna 17051 (CD, Cassette)
Reviewed by Muze, Q Magazine
This recording conjures up the desert vistas and the vast stark beauty of the American southwest through a collection of pieces that play like a soundtrack to a road trip through the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Joshua Tree, California. All of these locales were the inspiration for the musicians during the creation of the music. Another important step into the western electronic sound forged by Steve over the past dozen years. "Easily among the finest electronic albums of the last decade." -- 5 stars -- ("Q" magazine UK Feb. '91)
reissue, without Richard Burmer
1992 Fortuna 18057 (CD, Cassette)
Reviewed by Hannah M.G. Shapero, Eclectic Earwig Reviews, Margen Magazine, Muze, Synth Music Direct
The double-CD WORLD'S EDGE was Steve's first solo project created after his move to Tucson in 1990. At last the inspirations that fueled his music for years were right outside the studio, helping to feed an especially intense creative period. It is one that Steve looks back on as an important period of transition and discovery within the onion-skin-like evolution of his work. The roots of ORIGINS, ARTIFACTS, THE MAGNIFICENT VOID, and ON THIS PLANET are clearly present here, as well as the transition from the benchmark DREAMTIME RETURN.