by Phil Derby, Electroambient Space
Handsomely packaged, KAIROS
makes an excellent DVD followup to Steve's DAY OUT OF TIME
. At first, it appears it will be very similar to the nature scenes of its predecessor, as a blood red sun rises and then we see desert sands. But this gives way in short order to an array of stunning visuals from a variety of cutting-edge artists. Some are murky billows of soft smoke; others are sharp sci-fi graphics, including the now-familiar dazzling yellow, purple and orange hues and curves from Steve's BODY ELECTRIC
CD with Vir Unis, art courtesy of Steven Rooke. Musically, the set is quite similar to the recent STORM SURGE
release, but in a significantly expanded version. The mind-altering visuals are like having your own laser light show at home. If you like staring at the graphics on Windows Media Player (or iTunes) while playing your music, you should really enjoy stepping up to the next level with this. Aside from the excellent compilation of music and visuals, as an added treat there is a bonus feature called Live Montage, a series of images from several Steve Roach concerts with musical accompaniment that is perfectly synched with the video. Though less than 15 minutes long, this is my favorite part of the DVD, as it serves to remind myself what it was like at the two shows of Steve's that I have had the good fortune to attend. In a big plus from DAY OUT OF TIME
, which had separate releases of the music-only CD and the music-plus-visuals DVD, KAIROS
includes both at a very reasonable price. Excellent visuals, excellent music, cool bonus features -- what more could you want?
The Meeting of Time and Destiny / A Visual Music Odyssey
2006 Timeroom Visions (Video)
Reviewed by Back On the Tracks, Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Guts of Darkness, Musique Machine, Ping Things, Sonic Curiosity
The KAIROS DVD is a dynamic flow of visual wonder worlds created by five master light, film, and digital artists in collaboration with Steve. Drawing from a spectrum of visual techniques -- luminous organic analog light forms, dramatic Earth cinematography, cell-like computer animation -- micro and macro worlds join in a mind-expanding symbiotic flow between sound and visuals. Creation of the visuals evolved alongside the music over several years.
The music, shaped to the images, was created in the studio with the dynamic understanding that comes from taking it "out there" on the edge in the live setting. Much of the soundtrack was created directly for KAIROS, along with a merging of elements drawn from Steve's recent and future releases.
The culmination is an essential representation of the mythic import found in Steve's music and the visual core it stimulates. It is, both musically and visually, a pinnacle moment of shapeshifting sound and visionary-inducing works. Anyone who witnessed Steve's concerts this millenium will know what's in store. Featuring visuals from Lynn Augstein, Steve Lazur, Steven Rooke, John Vega, and John Wadsworth, with hybrid visual creation and final editing by Roger King.
Bonus feature: the DVD includes a montage of footage from two 2005 concerts. Includes complete soundtrack on audio CD. (DVD plays in all regions, except Japan. NTSC.)
|1. ||Soul's Time||MP3|| |
|2. ||Core Regeneration||MP3|| |
|3. ||Resonation Portal||MP3|| |
|4. ||Etheric Planet||MP3|| |
|5. ||Lifeforming||MP3|| |
|6. ||Biogenesis||MP3|| |
|7. ||Womb of Light||MP3|| |
|8. ||The Great Return||MP3|| |
Total run-time 74:46. Video clips on the Feature page.