Steve Roach Newsletter: Nada Terma|
September 25, 2008
Greetings soundcurrent travelers,
The newsletters have been quiet for a while as I have been immersed in the studio working on new projects, discovering new sounds and tending to the evolution of upcoming new releases. A steady flow of releases is starting now with NADA TERMA. Sometimes it feels right to keep the lid on a project up until its release, and NADA TERMA is one of those releases that evolved over the last year. It's a long-form continuation and mystical evolution of the MANTRAM sound with Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig.
More news on the mindblowing collabration with Erik Wøllo — STREAM OF THOUGHT — will be coming soon. This will be available later this year at the site, and in stores early 2009. Read on!
All my best,
NADA TERMA — Byron Metcalf, Mark Seelig, Steve Roach — now shipping!
NADA TERMA merges the boundaries of ambient, world music and sacred-meditative styles. On NADA TERMA (translated as "discovering spiritual treasures through the world of sound") East Indian tonalities blend with Sufi-like trance percussion immersed in atmospheres, drifts and drones, arriving at a state of relaxed, focused awareness. The continuously-woven 73-minute piece is sequenced into seven discrete segments, perfect for any listener looking for extended states of awareness, creative enhancement, yoga, bodywork, and deep listening.
Following upon the groundbreaking work of 2006's MANTRAM, NADA TERMA is the second Projekt collaboration between Arizona's Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf with Germany's Mark Seelig. On NADA TERMA they reach deeper into the mystical / spiritual realm, presenting a blend of diverse worlds skillfully combined in an organic fashion. Deep-trance frame drums, clay pots and percussion meet with harmonic overtone vocals (akin to Tuvan throat singers) and the yearning sounds of the stringed Indian Dilruba, and East Indian bansuri flute, bringing a melodic and spiritual-contemplative highlight to the release. All of this exists within an enigmatic world of shadow and shifting light developed by way of artful enhancements and processing of the acoustic instruments. These complements are part of a constant, slowly breathing subtext of drones and atmospheres in which the entire experience lives.
Eckhart Tolle's MUSIC TO QUIET THE MIND
Eckhart Tolle, spirtual teacher and author of the best-selling books "The Power of Now" and "The New Earth" has just released a new CD titled ECKHART TOLLE'S MUSIC TO QUIET THE MIND. Drawn from Eckhart's favorite pieces, Steve was honored to have an excerpt from "Structures From Silence" included. We plan on offering this title for sale soon, but in the meantime you can learn more about this release at the Sounds True web site.
STREAM OF THOUGHT — coming late November on Projekt
This is one of those releases that comes along every now and then where all the elements merge in alignment and a kind of magical sonic-musical alchemy occurs, taking the listening experience to a whole other level — the kind of experience where when it's over, you immediately want to hit Play again.
With these veteran electronic composers' combined 60 years' experience, the resulting STREAM OF THOUGHT experience can be described quite simply as mind-altering and soul-quenching. This release stands apart from the extended immersive long-form tracks of recent releases. Presented as a continuous flow, the metaphor of sitting on stream's edge while fully engaged with the present moment is the appropriate context to experience the fluid ebb and mercurial flow of this streaming living soundworld.
Starting on two continents and two very different atmospheric conditions — Erik in Norway and Steve in Arizona — the foundation of their similar ages, musical inspirations, sonic inclinations, and a mutual respect for each other's work started the collaboration in early 2007.
The most formative aspect of the collaboration occurred this summer with Erik's visit to the Timeroom in Arizona for final recording, arrangements and editing. The approach to the final structure was more in alignment with that of film editing, where the sense of time and pacing was consciously aimed at activating a powerful visual-auditory reaction and visceral experience. This is an inspired release in the best true sense of the word. Relax and float downstream as tranquil drifts, passionate rapids, midnight star gazing and blazing sunsets await on this ride by two masters of the genre.
Celestial Harmonies has given steveroach.com a six-week worldwide exclusive on the new David Parsons release EARTHLIGHT. This is a 2009 release, but we'll have it around Thanksgiving time. This exclusive is a special thank-you from Celestial in return for your great support of their music and of steveroach.com.
Live in Flagstaff, Arizona — October 25
Second show just added at 9pm! First show at 6pm is sold out. Steve will perform two distinct concerts, so consider seeing them both while you're in town.
New in-depth interview
Steve just completed an informative interview with Bert Strolenberg in the Netherlands for the Sonic Immersion web site. Covered in the interview is info on Steve's new releases including the collabration with Erik Wøllo, the short-lived Master Class program, thoughts on his recent releases and a lot more.
CD Sale, and older titles back in stock
Please check our Sale page, but here are some highlights:
THE PROMISES OF SILENCE has been out of print for a while, but we're happy to announce it's back in stock. An excellent multi-artist collection compiled by Alio Die in 1993, this organic soundscape project includes Dwight Ashley and Tim Story, Temps Perdu?, Vidna Obmana, Jeff Greinke, Black Tape For a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, Art of Primitive Sound, Alio Die, Robert Rich and others.
READING THE BONES and MIRAGE AT THE CROSSROADS, two fine releases of organic deep ambience, are back in stock and are both on sale.
Also, Temps Perdu?'s tribal-ambient titles are back in stock and on sale.