Steve Roach Update: Live at SoundQuest Fest / The Road Eternal|
May 7, 2011
Greetings soundcurrent friends!
Pre-orders are now open for Live at Soundquest Fest and The Road Eternal.
These two new releases are perfectly timed for summer and the sensual nature of the season.
Shipping will begin around the third week of May. Sound samples from both releases are at steveroach.com.
We also have a nice list of new releases from some of Steve's friends; details below. And we just added a rare collection of posters featuring seven classic Steve Roach releases, shipped rolled in a tube, at a special price.
The Road Eternal
Steve Roach & Erik Wøllo
Projekt, May 2011
"The combined efforts of ambient masters Steve Roach and Erik Wøllo have created an extraordinary cerebral flow of ambient music that is at once adrenaline pumping, yet mesmerizing." — MusicTap.net
Following their collaboration Stream of Thought, Roach and Wøllo reunite to travel The Road Eternal, an electronic/ambient path filled with passion and beauty. Six engaging and expansive rhythmic sequencer-based tracks intersperse with ambient zones and soaring electric guitar textures highlighting sparse, arching thematic lines.
Wherein their first collaboration blended a number of shorter passages into a spellbinding whole, The Road Eternal is six longer compositions that build upon a basis of complex, inventive and hypnotic sequencer patterns. Intricate and ever-changing rhythmic cycles merge with melodic phrases creating a compelling groundwork that propels the music forwards. With inspiration drawn in part from classic trance-inducing electronic music with early German roots, the project takes on an interwoven structure draped with harmonic and melodic passages. The route through the music offers different perspectives to hear or "see" on every listen.
This is the sound of big skies, open roads and soaring thoughts, pulling one towards the next destination; reflected in the music with the counterplay of long and meditative rythmic zones and constellation-like melodic elements filled with space. The tracks transposes two different worlds, Steve's southwestern desert habitat and Erik's home base in Norway. The sum of these two environments becomes a hybrid landscape of new discovery. "We are both passionate about the observation of nature and the poetic character of natural surroundings," Erik says, "The ways in which we relate to this, as well as the awareness of the ongoing passage of time. These ideas have been a driving force behind our whole artistic careers, and it is strongly reflected in this collaboration."
"In our music," Steve reflects, "a central pulse and steady momentum is present. The sensation is a consistent feeling of travel. Whether you're driving, flying, riding a train or some other form of transportation, the sound and vibration enters your body and becomes part of the meditation of the travel experience. Listening to these tracks while traveling allows the music to merge with the experience arriving at an integrated place where thoughts and imagination are unified as a soundtrack for one's own road movie. The metaphor of 'the road eternal in the creative process' is the other element of the album title: the road the artist travels with the allure of discovering what is next around the corner."
The project began in early 2010 and shifted into high gear when Erik traveled to Tucson that fall to perform at the SoundQuest Fest. After the concert, the two artists holed-up in The Timeroom for a few days channeling the energy from the fest to work non-stop towards The Road Eternal's completion. Roach states, "This is the music I have wanted to create with Erik since I first heard his classic Traces release way back in the 80's."
With Steve on analog sequencing, electronic percussion and most of the zones and atmospheres, Erik focuses on his processed, textural, and melodic elements while performing on various guitars and guitar synthesizers. The Road Eternal strikes a perfect balance of the artists' two distinct styles and common ground.
The sound is vibrant, emotional, full of shimmering light and saturated with optimism. With each artist having devoted over 30 years to their art, this album flows with the understanding and skill that comes from this experience, bringing their specialties together in the true spirit of collaboration.
Live at SoundQuest Fest
Steve's pinnacle performance from 2010's SoundQuest Fest proved to be a real moment in time, and fortunately it was documented with a high resolution recording that places the listener front and center on that special night. Presented as a single CD, the first 74 minutes of the concert are experienced as it unfolded. Three distinct realms are seamlessly mapped out in this inspired set. The opening starts with a 25-minute piece of perpetual forward motion in the mode of Destination Beyond, created specially for the concert, carved from pure analog synths and sequencers. From here we experience an amazing interplay between didgeridoo players Dashmesh Khalsa, Brian Parnham, percussionist Byron Metcalf and Steve performing real-time looping, processing and mixing along with soundworlds, ocarina and voice. This passage is an all-out expression of shamanic ecstasy that boils over into the engulfing tribal trance state of "Thunder Walk" from the recent release Dream Tracker. The last portion of the set settles into an ultra drifting electro-organic zone that encapsulates many of Steve's recent innovations and presents them in the dynamic light of the live setting. Presented in a six-panel Digipak.
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