Steve Roach Update: Nightbloom, Afterlight, SoundQuest Fest
August 22, 2010


Greetings! In this update...

  • "Sigh" Resonations
  • Nightbloom Packaging Response and Clarification
  • SoundQuest Fest Reminder
  • Afterlight Update


    "Sigh" Resonations

    Sigh of Ages
    This quote was sent to me by Adam Boyson from the UK, after hearing Sigh of Ages. It so perfectly describes the feeling around this project, even down to the title of the last track "Longing to Be", that if I had discovered this before the CD was released, it would have been included on the cover. I wanted to share it here:

    "Man remains a mystery to himself. He has a nostalgia for Being, a longing for duration, for permanence, for absoluteness — a longing to be. Yet everything that constitutes his life is temporary, ephemeral, limited. He aspires to another order, another life, a world that is beyond him. He senses that he is meant to participate in it." — Madame de Salzmann, 'The Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff' published by Shambhala Publications.



    Nightbloom

     Nightbloom
     Steve Roach and Mark Seelig
     Projekt
     Released in an eco-friendly 6-panel CD wallet
     Coming early September

     Packaging Response and Clarification
    After the recent newsletter announcing Nightbloom, some listeners and collectors have emailed expressing concern over the eco-wallet format. I want to make it clear that this packaging is for Nightbloom only. My future "eco-friendly" releases will remain in Digipaks, as Sigh of Ages and Dynamic Stillness were. These still use a minimal amount of plastic, but fit my criteria as the current favorite for the most elegant collectable package for either the bookshelf or for the collection. Projekt and I are always looking for unique ways to present our music, and this mini LP-like package is part of that pursuit.

    The comments from Projekt's Sam Rosenthal were included in my newsletter as perspective on the Nightbloom release, and to show his direction for other Projekt artists. My future releases on both Timeroom Editions and Projekt will remain in normal Digipaks, jewel cases, or limited-edition boxes.

    The Nightbloom release has a smooth surface inside, and is exactly the same size as a Digipak. It's well-made and designed, with a thicker six-panel version that I requested. It has a spine where the title is readable from a bookshelf, and along with the eco no-plastic aspect, it reminds one of a classic vinyl double-LP jacket of days gone by, which was one of the reasons I chose this packaging for Nightbloom. I know many of you are collectors, and as I do, you regard the cover, package, texture and feel to be part of the overall release experience.


    SoundQuest Fest 2010

    SoundQuest Fest 2010
    An International Gathering of Sonic Innovators and Ambient Architects
    October 23, 2010 — Tucson, Arizona

    Just a reminder, it's time to get on board for the concert and take advantage of low advance airline ticket prices. Our next newsletter will feature SoundQuest Fest Indonesian Soundscape Artist Loren Nerell.


    Afterlight

     Afterlight
     Steve Roach
     Timeroom Editions

    This title sold-out a few weeks ago; it's now back in stock and on sale.

    Created in the Spring of 2009, in the afterglow of Dynamic Stillness, this long-form piece delivers the listener deep inside a multi-dimensional realm of forming clouds, an endless expanse with no boundaries or sense of temporal limits. Amorphous strands of harmonic lumina emerge and recede in a constant unfolding and reconfiguring state for the duration of this pure atmospheric suspension. This piece, along with its two companion releases Destination Beyond and Immersion: Four were created over the the same time period, and all share a common sense of breath, interconnection and pursuit of timelessness. Refined over several months, the piece was kept in constant low-volume playback during sleep, rest and times of reflection. The ongoing experience of living with the piece, and shaping it before its release into the world, has become a vital part of Steve's immersion process, going back to 1984's Structures From Silence.




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