Steve Roach Update: Journey of One|
October 16, 2011
Greetings soundcurrent friends,
While seemingly out of the blue, Journey of One has been quietly awaiting the right time for its release. Now is that time! It just arrived and is already shipping out. On occasion as the live archives are revisited, Steve will be releasing standout concerts from his long history of live events. This is one of those peak moments.
Throughout 2011, Steve has been focusing on the creation of two new diverse works with expansive themes from the deep end of The Timeroom. Continuing with a recent yearly tradition, this culmination of new work will be presented this December in a special limited-edition collectors' box set, or individually. More on the sound of these releases in the next newsletter. Onto the here and now...
A big "thanks" to all for the great response to the new 3-CD Quiet Music release. Your feedback is deeply appreciated.
In this newsletter, we are featuring a fine new deep ambient release from Projekt's Sam Rosenthal, and a great new release of ritual magic from Soriah. Read on!
Journey of One
Projekt / double-CD
Journey of One is a pinnacle live performance captured during the zenith of Steve Roach's rich tribal-ambient origins of the mid-1990's. The music rises from the darkness, an ancient voice chants in serpentine ecstasy only to subside and hover next to silence, soon broken by raging hybrid trance grooves, didgeridoo and mind-altering soundscapes that mesh to form a soundtrack for a future-primal culture. Journey of One is an ascent into the mystical and primordial places Roach first developed on Dreamtime Return, Artifacts, Origins, World's Edge and his Suspended Memories collaborations. This 2-CD set unfolds like the genesis of this influential sound.
Roach meticulously and passionately utilizes the electro-acoustic nature that is the heart of this sound: earthy ferocity and multi-timbral frequencies drawn out to their fullest. This music shape-shifts between moods, always rushing forward engaging a range of electronic and acoustic tools: analog and digital synths, clay water pots percussion, butterfly cocoons and seed pod shakers, and ocarinas. The didgeridoos's hoary human-vocal sonic quality and a tumbling avalanche of hand-struck percussion further illustrate the tribalistic canvas.
"Roach conjures up stirring, metaphysical sounds and deeply inventive events from his electro-acoustic arsenal. It's an exploration of worlds simultaneously ancient, mystic and subconscious: the fourth, fifth, and infinite worlds beyond. These must surely have been the sounds ancient cultures rehearsed while the continental plates shifted below them." — Muze (about Steve's mid-90's releases)
The world of Journey of One is immersed in striking, expansive landscapes and deeply entrenched rhythms permeated throughout by a darker, impending resonance, an exhibition of emerging primordial life teeming below an underbelly of gelatinous rhythms and tumultuous waves of electronics, up through the massive ambience and vast subterranean realms. All of these disparate elements are brought together on the ritual ground that is Journey of One.
Roach has performed and recorded hundreds of live concerts worldwide over the years. The performance preserved as Journey of One proves to be an essential timeless moment. Held in an intimate setting in Sacramento, California in 1996, yet sounding like it was recorded today, this concert is presented exactly as it arose, without edits or treatments in the studio.
"All of my music is audiobiographical in many ways," Roach reflects. "It comes from life, from higher arcing desires and dreams joined by the events and moments found in the day-to-day experience of being alive. Through it all, Journey of One is a living record of my time on the creative path that started many years ago. These releases are sign posts at points along the way, the Journey of One man rapt in sound."
This release is a stunning testament to the amazing live experience that Roach has developed over the years and a first-hand look at one of the original proponents of the tribal-ambient sound in action.
The Passage is a foray into the realms of pure ambient, in the spirit of Steve's Immersion series, from Black Tape For A Blue Girl founder/songwriter Sam Rosenthal. An hour-long sustaining environment of warm electronics and processing of acoustic sources. Deep swells and an unresolved, yearning mood permeates as this music gently rotates around its own axis in a time-suspended haze.
Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain)
Eztica, brethren follow up to 2009's Atlan, draws a heavy, hungry first breath like that of the first man Quetzalcoatl created from maize. Soriah's virtuoso Tuvan throat-singing, Central Asian stringed instruments and hand percussion is perfectly melded with the neo-ancient airs of Ashkelon Sain's exquisite darkwave guitars, celestial electronics, and hypnotizing poly-rhythms. Eztica has its roots in the ceremonial: ritualism, shamanism, butoh. It is a deeply organic experience, the voice drawing out the primordial spell, touching the earth, reaching for the sky. Captivating percussive sections with driven vocals glide effortlessly across windswept steppes, while otherworldly overtones hang like clouds in a frosted mountain range, all amid deep expanses of slowly shifting, mesmerizing tones. And when the Quetzalcoatl Kundalini of Soriah's lyrical throat singing fires down the spine, everything goes astral.
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Coming up in December... the Back to Life Box Set!