Time of the Earth
by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity
This CD from 2002 features 73 minutes of atmospheric electronic music, the full soundtrack to the TIME OF THE EARTH DVD by Steve Lazur.
In actuality, this CD is a collection of tracks by Roach from various sources: his own releases, tracks previously found only on compilations, and ? surprise ? 17 minutes of new material.
Overall, the music represents Roach's more arid, desolate side, soundscapes that evoke the natural wonders of the American West. Epic rock formations are conjured by his ethereal electronics, majestic heavens full of glorious clouds are generated by his atmospheric textures. Languid tonalities unfurl with minimal percussives chittering in the distance. Sound flows like a gas, immersing the audience and transporting them without movement on a voyage of the mind, stimulating the listener's creativity until they imagine floating above grand spectacles and soaring through stratospheric altitudes.
The TIME OF THE EARTH film is a gripping travelogue of Earth's most unearthly vistas, a geological visual feast that reveals incredible majesty in the most desolate regions of our planet. Besides Roach's gently stirring soundtrack, also featured on the DVD is a long-form version of THE DREAM CIRCLE as an optional second soundtrack. Released on the Projekt label, the DVD is also available from Steve's web site.