Body Electric
by Bert Strolenberg, Groove Unlimited

With the new CD BODY ELECTRIC, a new chapter is opened in the ongoing list of co-operations Steve Roach has done with various kindred musicians through the years. The name Vir Unis (alias of ambient musician / composer John Strate-Hootman) may be familiar to some listeners of ambient music, as he has worked on the IMAGINARIUM project with Ma Ja Le, and also nicely contributed his own thing to the fantastic ambient-sampler THE AMBIENT EXPANSE (both appeared on the Oasis-sublabel Mirage). Now we have the high-tech kindred album BODY ELECTRIC, an album offering a both intriguing and thrilling meltdown of electronic grooves, digital and electro-acoustic rhythms and drumloops, "fractal groove creation and fractal loop programming" (whatever that may be), hypnotic vast soundtextures and a huge amount of samples and effects. Sometimes it's even familiar with minimalistic ambient-dance, but there are also unfamiliar traces of intimate neo-primitive atmospheres leading the journey ahead. These elements even sound very organic from time to time, and if I'm not mistaken this kind of music has already been described as "cyber-shamanistic ancient/futurism" in their homeland USA. Altogether, BODY ELECTRIC is a quite heavy but also haunting experience into ongoing ambient-soundworlds, suitable for all those always seeking for new discoveries into the deep.

Production and sound quality are – as may be expected – state-of-the-art.

Body Electric

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Body Electric
Steve Roach, Vir Unis
1999 Projekt PRO90 (CD)
Reviewed by Alternative Press, AmbiEntrance, Exposé, Groove Unlimited, Illinois Entertainer, Progressive World, Star's End, Synth Music Direct, Usenet's

Get ready for a new level in bio-electronic "soul stirring body music, forged out of the reflections from the gene pool from which we crawled out." This collaboration has brought about a powerful step forward for both artists. Judging from those who have previewed this recording, it is sure to surprise, delight and perhaps short-circuit fans of dynamic electronic-organic music. This album was created on the instruments of our time by two artists who have reached deep into the heart of the machines, pulling out the passion captured on BODY ELECTRIC.
1. Born of FireMP39:12 
2. Pure ExpansionMP310:16 
3. Mind LinkMP37:07 
4. Gene PoolMP35:40 
5. Synaptic GapMP31:56 
6. Homunculus WithinMP34:15 
7. BloodstreamingMP33:10 
8. Solar TribeMP34:13 
9. The New DreamMP33:58 
10. Cave of the HeartMP37:00 

The Electric Body

VHS Video out of stock
The Electric Body
Steve Roach, Vir Unis
1999 Timeroom Editions (Video)

We are now offering the first video release on the Timeroom Editions label, THE ELECTRIC BODY. This video was featured during Steve's recent concerts, and now is the chance to have it for your own playback experience. The effect upon your nervous system will confirm the title of this video. THE ELECTRIC BODY is 30 minutes of morphing "evolutionary art" created by Steven Rooke, in the same vein as the BODY ELECTRIC cover artwork. These images were animated on a program created by Steven, and rendered on an SGI system running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 3 months at a time.

The soundtrack features the first two tracks from BODY ELECTRIC, along with a 14-minute unreleased track.

VHS video, NTSC format (US) only, 30 minutes.
1. Born of FireMP39:12 
2. Pure ExpansionMP310:16 

also contains one additional unreleased track from the BODY ELECTRIC sessions

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