Time of the Earth
Shadowed by red rock peaks and cascading plateaus, slivers of the sun's light peak through onto a bare and lifeless desert landscape. Softly, and subtly, a contemplative ambient soundscape rises above the threshold of audibility, warm atmospherics and breathy fades build into a captivating sound / visual experience. This is how the Projekt DVD release TIME OF THE EARTH opens. TIME OF THE EARTH is a collaboration between filmmaker Steve Lazur, whose previous film Terrestrial Odyssey was a top-seller released by Miramar on video and laserdisc in the early '90s, and pioneering ambient composer Steve Roach, whose prolific work, spanning well over 50 recordings, has earned him the highest accolades and three AFIM indie awards. With stark visual images and sonorous ambient soundscapes, Lazur and Roach set out to capture the mystical essence of the desert's barren landscape.
Roach's soundtrack ambiences and earthy sonic atmospheres superbly aid the beautifully rich desert landscape visuals that Lazur has put down on film here. Advance screenings of TIME OF THE EARTH have inspired comparisons to the Earth-nature portions of the non-dialogue films Chronos, Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi. Roach's background ambient treatments and lush chordings paired with Lazur's visuals flow seamlessly and naturally. TIME OF THE EARTH is a perfect blending of two separate, and distinctly different mediums, into one, expertly produced cohesive whole. TIME OF THE EARTH consists of 77 minutes of quality, uninterrupted, mind-enhancing ambient sounds and dreamy visuals. Lazur and Roach's collaborative blending of sound and vision makes for a captivating and profoundly transcendental audio / visual experience.