teve Roach and Vir Unis combine different rhythmic sensibilities and undeniable soundscapes in an alchemical reaction, creating an aural sensation that is surreal, hallucinogenic, but still organically human. Body Electric
is a welcomed addition to the borderless world of new electronic music. This album is a zenith in bio-electronic body music, an evolutionary spark, a focused, high-energy trip of life-affirming, hyper-terrestrial grooves and sustained, soul-expanding soundworlds.
Fresh from an extensive schedule of concerts and traveling, Roach found his energy still simmering and in need of expression. He had been exchanging ideas on tape for several months with Vir Unis. Both were anxious to get together -- ideas were sprouting and in need of cultivation... the desire to create a new level of bio-electronic body music was clear. The result: an extensive marathon in Steve's Tucson recording studio, The Timeroom.
The music on Body Electric melded together, relying heavily on what Steve calls "the body clock," a sense of timing and flow both artists turned towards in shaping the music that evolved from their collaboration. "Chance" situations were explored and combined in an alchemical reaction, often setting a piece in motion opening yet another zone of sensation to explore. These chance combinations created a powerful and intimate symbiosis for both artists, so powerful that they termed it their "mind link."
Steve Roach on Body Electric
"Collaborations that work are about taking each other to places you might not get to on your own. I feel that's true here. Vir Unis has a highly developed and unique rhythmic-fractal groove style that goes beyond any beat-of-the-month styles, while still feeling like it's driven by the pulse of modern life. This, in combination with my rhythmic sensibility, has created a sound that is exciting to our ears and feels potent in the body. Our mutual fascination with surreal, hallucinogenic soundworlds brought a common, undulating ground to stand on and create from. It feels like the evolution of sound that I have been reaching for since the beginning of my musical life."
Vir Unis on Body Electric
"What sets Body Electric apart is the coming together of two unique and somewhat different approaches, but with a similar goal: groove creation. Steve has a really organic and spontaneous approach to creating grooves on the fly which allows space for unexpected and surprising turns in the beat structure, transcending some of the more safe and sterile "freeze-dried" grooves. Combining this electro-organic approach with the mutability of fractal loop programming, we were able to really carve up only the most engaging and righteous grooves for high octane energy."
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