Early Man packaging     
Steve Roach


dreaming in the desert by ancient firelight, cave paintings come to life in a slow soul-dance of evolutionary magic . . .

Special Edition in real slate packaging
1000 copies only


Early Man packagingNearly two years quietly in the making, this full-length compact disc of all-new Steve Roach material was limited to only 1000 copies in this one-of-a-kind collectors' first edition. EARLY MAN is encased in thick slabs of natural gray-green slate attached to a standard CD tray. The music can be best described as primeval space-ambient. Dreaming in the desert by ancient firelight, cave paintings come to life in a slow soul-dance of evolutionary magic. A day in the life of EARLY MAN moves through six different zones that conjure up ancient atmospheres and elemental soundworlds, along with occasional distant and subdued primordial rhythms calling one to the next place of dreaming.

In Steve's words: "This soundtrack was created for my most distant ancestor. The image of one lone, wandering early man continued to reoccur throughout the creation of the music, long before the title. When Manifold Records owner Vince Harrigan called with the idea of the stone package nearly two years ago, it was a done deal. Although the task of cutting 2000 pieces of slate might have been a bit too ambitious, Vince proceed to create every one by hand, a true labor of love with an intention that is pure and personal. I also loved the idea that the package itself would out-live all of us – including the CD itself – and perhaps in several thousand years when these things are dug up somewhere, the slate plates might offer future sound alchemists something to scrape together and utilize in their soundworlds, similarly to how I did on EARLY MAN.

Early Man packagingThe notion of using sounds that were related to the carrier of the music itself was not lost on me, and was utilized at certain points in EARLY MAN's travels. With my years of traveling in the dreamtime sound currents, this chapter of my work took on a unique sound and concept. I clearly wanted to create a sound that felt ancient, and worn smooth by time. I wanted to keep a kind of subdued energy throughout, and one thing I think that is noticeable is the careful attention to high-frequency sounds. So much of today's information and music calls for our attention with a full bandwidth of information. As I started excavating what would become EARLY MAN, the idea of removing certain frequencies in order to let the ear hear differently became central to the project. It really took on the feeling of an archeological dig as I sifted through various soundworlds to uncover the core of EARLY MAN.

A curious sidebar to this story: I remembered while working on EARLY MAN that as a kid of 11 or so, I wanted to be an archeologist when I grew up. I went as far as taking everyday objects and burying them deep in the dirt. I even buried messages written in an ancient language (really English written backwards, so it could only be read in a mirror). A few weeks later I would come back with friends who were not privy to the "dig" and go at it, uncovering these ancient artifacts.

This kind of special release was created from an untold number of logged-in hours to create a unique and unified statement, one that keeps the feeling of fine art alive in the process, truly carved from the imagination and heart of my creative passions."

The Special Edition of EARLY MAN was limited to 1000 copies, which is now sold out. A double-CD edition is coming in March on Projekt, which will be presented in a slimline duo box. It will include the original EARLY MAN along with a 71-minute "decomposed" version, where Steve combines elements from the original along with new audio artifacts to create a deeper, alternate view into Early Man's recent past.

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