|Didgeridoo — Releases featuring the visceral resonations of this ancient instrument.
|Australia: Sound of the Earth|
Steve Roach, David Hudson, Sarah Hopkins
1990 Fortuna 17071 (CD)
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, 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|| |
David Hudson (with Steve Roach)
1998 Celestial Harmonies 15033 (CD)
Reviewed by Hans Stoeve, Exposť
This is actually a full collaboration between Steve and David. Another visit to the Timeroom provided the didgeridoo solos that Steve then worked on his own over a few months. "Dreamtime Soundworlds" were created in ways that support the didgeridoo in an expansive and surreal setting.
|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 Exposť, 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|| |
|On This Planet|
1997 Hearts of Space 11082 (CD)
Reviewed by Alternate Music Press, Alternative Press, AmbiEntrance, Daily Digital Opinion
Anyone who has seen Steve Roach perform live knows that his music and sound worlds have a unique power to inspire and engage the listener. ON THIS PLANET was carved from the live experience, recorded in the studio over 1997 just before and after performing numerous concerts worldwide. The intensity of the moment is captured, along with remarkable quality of sound which is vital to the impact of the music. It all comes together here. Ethno-Tribal, Electronic-Space, Tribal-Ambient -- or however one wants to try and classify a style of music and sound unique to Steve Roach. This dynamic concert for your home is presented just as the concerts of '97 were, in a constant flow of sonic magma, constantly unfolding and then melting into itself to create the nexus place. This release was voted best Electronic-Ambient CD of the year in 1998 by AIFM, the equivalent of a Grammy for indie labels.
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 Art of the Didjeridu: Selected Pieces 1987 - 1997|
David Hudson (with Steve Roach)
1997 Celestial Harmonies 13071 (CD)
Produced by Steve Roach
A great collection of David's didg playing, produced by Steve from the three solo CDs listed.
1, 7, 13. with Steve Roach; 9. from Michael Askill's FREE RADICALS
|Woolunda: Ten Solos For Didgeridoo|
1993 Celestial Harmonies 13071 (CD)
Produced by Steve Roach
Hudson's first solo CD, and perhaps the first-ever recording to present the didgeridoo as a solo instrument on CD at the time of its release. Recorded at the Timeroom with Steve treating the didg through the Lexicon Digital Reverb. All pieces were recorded live.