Steve Roach Newsletter: Live and More!
June 1, 2008

Greetings soundcurrent friends,

Steve Roach Live in Flagstaff, Arizona

Deep Sky Dreaming — Steve's only 2008 performance will be October 25, 2008 in Flagstaff, Arizona. This concert is sponsored by the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition and will be presented in an intimate 200-seat theater at the Coconino Center for the Arts in this beautiful destination locale. Tickets are selling fast, and this show will almost certainly sell-out, so we recommend you buy your tickets now. Roger King will be providing sound and visual support, and like the past Tucson concerts where we're traveling by ground, all the stops will be pulled out for this experience.

New Releases!

LANDMASS — Steve Roach — Timeroom Editions — coming soon

This surreal, hallucinatory new release is just around the corner! Recorded on Star's End at the WXPN studios in Philadelphia, this plays like a shapeshifitng bookend to ARC OF PASSION. This flow of all-new material morphs and melts its way into an expansive world that feels void of civilization, a world of iconic formations, immense skies and dangerous vistas. More info on this release coming soon...

EMPETUS: 2-CD COLLECTORS EDITION — Steve Roach — Projekt — August

The master rights to Steve's 1986 release EMPETUS recently reverted back to him, and this along with some recently discovered "lost pieces" inspired a 2-CD Collectors Edition. This will include a second CD with two amazing long-form sequencer pieces circa 1982. The first piece "Harmonia Mundi" was recorded live in the L.A.-based Timeroom with Swiss-born electronic musician Thomas Ronkin. At 45 minutes, this is one of the more possessed and intense analog sequencer trance pieces you're likley to hear. "Release" is a 24 minute solo statement of emotion and energy connected to the early years of Steve's evolution in sound, harkening to NOW and TRAVELER. By the time EMPETUS was released, the approach of these longer German School styles were morphing into a new sound heard on EMPETUS and beyond.

"Released in 1986, this recording of intricately-woven sequencer lines and buzzing synthesizers established Roach as the American answer to the pioneering European electronic masters of the 70's (Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream). Alternately thrilling and serene (sometimes within the space of the same track), EMPETUS' waves of energy rest upon labyrinthine patterns of interlocking notes and wildly cascading tonal clusters. Roach varies the moods from piece to piece as well: the bright, piercing electronics of ''Seeking'' contrast vividly with the starker, sweeping veils of sequenced notes and arcing waves of ''Empowerment'', or the turbo-charged synths that rev through ''Conquest''. It's all riveting, exciting stuff, and although Roach largely abandoned the style as he moved forward, EMPETUS remains an important, if largely unsung, statement documenting the course of modern American electronic music." — Darren Bergstein, Muze

Steve Roach / Erik Wøllo collabration

This collabration with Norweigian electronic artist Erik Wøllo has been quielty brewing for over a year. By mid-June, Steve and Erik will be working together at the Timeroom putting the final touches on this special release which already feels like a genre-bender in the best way. Looking towards a Fall release on Projekt.

All the best from!

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