|Other Artists — These are some of Steve's favorite albums, each hand-picked and personally recommended.
2007 Projekt PRO208 (CD)
ELEUSIAN LULLABY blends the natural, warm and earthy ambient compositions of Alio Die with the elegant, neo-classical voice of Martina, merging notes and silence into an expanded dreamscape. This is lullaby music like an aural caress from darkness into the light. The combination of the vocal melodies with the abstract qualities of the loops and instruments creates a suspended near-dream space, intimate and sensual at the same time.
|1. ||The Oniroid Sleep||MP3|| |
|2. ||A Drone Song for Alienor||MP3|| |
|3. ||Eleusian Lullaby||MP3|| |
Alio Die, Amelia Cuni
2001 Projekt (CD)
"Apsaras is breathtakingly beautiful, combining soothing electronic textures, drones, and organic sound samples from Italian soundpainter Alio Die (Stefano Musso) with the amazing North Indian dhrupad singing of Amelia Cuni." – Ink19.com. This one is currently Steve's favorite CD.
|1. ||Ambhas||MP3|| |
|2. ||Island Of The Rose Apple Tree||MP3|| |
|3. ||Aapaha||MP3|| |
|4. ||Water Memories||MP3|| |
|5. ||Churning Of The Ocean||MP3|| |
|6. ||Apsaras||MP3|| |
As Lonely as Dave Bowman (Sam Rosenthal)
2007 Projekt PRO195 (CD)
POD is a fascinating new pure deep-dark-ambient release from darkwave maven Sam Rosenthal, founder and owner of Projekt and black tape for a blue girl. The isolation of deep space and the plight of film "2001" character Dave Bowman provides part of the sonic psychodrama of this mercurial mood piece. The sound is muted, consistent and distant as it seems to call out like some kind of haunting searchlight in the deep pockets of space. Perfect for late night excursions in the remote corners of cyberspace and beyond. (Note: This is the non-limited edition in a standard-size Digipak.)
|Dream Theory In the IE|
Henderson / Oken
2011 Firepool Records FR003 (CD)
File under Progressive Ambient. We are bringing in some new titles from old friends that are more in the progressive ambient, rock and experimental vein. Always aiming to keep it interesting and unpredictable, these are centered in this mode of stimulation.
|1. ||Alive Enough?||MP3||8:10|| |
|2. ||Forgotten Spirits||MP3||8:03|| |
|3. ||Deeper Waters||MP3||6:47|| |
|4. ||Dream Theory In the IE||MP3||8:36|| |
|5. ||Zombi Attack||MP3||7:09|| |
|6. ||When All The Birds Die Away||MP3||12:25|| |
|7. ||John Henry Changes The Rules||MP3||24:54|| |
|Departure From the Northern Wasteland|
1978 Celestial Harmonies KUCKUCK CD 079 (CD)
An historic look back at a pinnacle release for the 70's German Electronic Music scene that still holds the magic. Michael Hoenig worked briefly with Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, but this monumental solo recording released in 1978 is one of the true electronic classics to emerge from the so-called Berlin School of that time. This release presents a twist on the sequencer-dominated sound of that time. Short, melodic analog sequencer patterns are woven into a polyrythmic array that shift and phase constantly creating a meditative study of tonal and rhythmic motion. Warm harmonic analog synth and guitar textures and melodies support the movement of the pieces creating a pastoral undertone. Hoeing's influences of Philip Glass, Terry Riley and especially Steve Reich are part of what takes the era's standard approach to sequencer-based music into a place that is still unmatched in its minimal elegance. As vital-sounding today as it was upon its release, this one is among Steve's top all-time favorite "roots" CD's. The 21-minute title track is simply epic.
David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir
1992 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
This is a long-time favorite CD of Steve, who listens to this when its time to get away from music, using it as a bridge to silence. A remarkable recording that nourishes with every listen.
|1. ||Lines To a Great Lord||MP3|| |
|2. ||Harmonic Relation||MP3|| |
|3. ||Kyrie Opening||MP3|| |
|4. ||Foregather In the Name||MP3|| |
|5. ||Kyrie Fragments||MP3|| |
|6. ||Eleison Closing||MP3|| |
|7. ||Brotherhood||MP3|| |
|8. ||Hallelujah||MP3|| |
David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir
Celestial Harmonies 13010 (CD)
In CURRENT CIRCULATION, David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir expand beyond the scope of the traditional tantric Tibetan Buddhist chant, in which the singer holds one steady note and one unmoving harmonic. They also expand beyond the traditional Mongolian Hoomi singing, in which the singer projects soaring harmonic melodies from the overtone series of the steady fundamental.
In CURRENT CIRCULATION, the singers create new melodies and chords by simultaneously moving both the harmonic and fundamental notes, sometimes in converging directions, or by holding the high harmonic while varying the fundamental. This kind of harmonic chanting is very demanding for the singers, and can be for the listener as well. The listener may choose to focus on the complicated tunings between harmonics and fundamentals, and the chords between the singers as they move among the notes of the inverted harmonic scale. Or, the listener may choose to let his mind soar through the architectural spaces created by the intangible energies emanating from the Harmonic Choir. The vibrations both define the space and inhabit it, shimmering through the air in a timeless dimension.
|1. ||Subject to Change||MP3||5:02|| |
|2. ||Current Circulation|| ||31:44|| |
|3. ||Solstice Kyrie||MP3||6:50|| |
|4. ||Inward Calling||MP3||11:07|| |
|The Waiting Room|
Ukab Maerd translates as a hyper-creative progressive ambient audio trip generated by synth and percussion maven Chuck Oken, Jr. and longtime collaborator multi-instrumentalist Gayle Elliot. This might be the music playing while in THE WAITING ROOM for an appointment with agents of destiny in some future edition of the Matrix film series. Moods and unresolved states shift and dissolve in a continuous cloud burst of serene to scintillating mind states. The power of this music comes from the live interaction captured in the studio as foundation tracks. Guest artist Richard Pinhas, founder of the legendary French electronic group Heldon, is featured on three tracks.
|1. ||The Cave||MP3||23:35|| |
|2. ||White Light, No Heat||MP3||11:28|| |
|3. ||God's Elastic Acre||MP3||18:16|| |
|4. ||Sati & The Trainman||MP3||11:14|| |
O Yuki Conjugate
1992 Projekt PRO33 (CD) – 2006 reissue
"O Yuki Conjugate create music which inhabits some netherworld between ethnic, ambient, improvised and experimental sounds."– Option Magazine. This is a tribal-ambient classic, and one of the genre's essential releases.
|1. ||Snake Charm||MP3||5:56|| |
|2. ||A Darker Belief||MP3||5:04|| |
|3. ||Earth Loop Fragment||MP3||3:42|| |
|4. ||Long Pig||MP3||7:14|| |
|5. ||Alia Ma||MP3||7:05|| |
|6. ||Dusk, Dead Heart||MP3||4:59|| |
|7. ||Still Breath||MP3||5:20|| |
|8. ||Tidal Dance||MP3||4:24|| |
2009 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
David's new release plays like a deeper extract from the 2008 Earthlight release. The live feel is evident and the flow is effortless thoughout the six pieces. Elongated sound textures and delicate use of unique sounds and subtle rhythmic elements intermix in classic Parsons style, transcendent and earthy. While this release is fully electronic, his years of playing Indian music and recording volumes of indigenous projects for Celestial Harmonies has provided his personal music with a special quality that is infused into the overall atmosphere of his masterful soundscape music.
|1. ||Jyoti||MP3||10:29|| |
|2. ||Incarnation||MP3||11:02|| |
|3. ||The Valley Below||MP3||9:35|| |
|4. ||City of Spirits||MP3||10:02|| |
|5. ||Tsaparang Moon||MP3||9:32|| |
|6. ||They Come||MP3||10:07|| |
2008 Celestial Harmonies 13231 (CD)
Reviewed by e/i Magazine / Audio Verite
"Over his past few releases, New Zealand veteran electronic composer David Parsons has deliberately been refining his electronic composition approach and overall sound sense, drawing from a keen awareness of tone and nuance and a sense of inner and outer spaces in balance. This awareness has developed over many years from both pure electronic music explorations and a deep connection to the music of south Asia. Having traveled extensively through India, Thailand, Indonesia and beyond, recording the indigenous music from these cultures, his many diverse recordings are featured on the Celestial Harmonies label. David's years of experience and the understanding drawn from these acoustic realms has infused EARTHLIGHT in a deep and powerful way."
|1. ||Earthlight||MP3||7:20|| |
|2. ||Altai Himalaya||MP3||13:01|| |
|3. ||Beyond the Light||MP3||9:33|| |
|4. ||Corona||MP3||8:42|| |
|5. ||The Winged Ones||MP3||7:32|| |
|6. ||Bathing Light||MP3||20:05|| |
2008 Celestial Harmonies 13227 (CD)
This new release from New Zealand-based David Parsons feels like a natural and welcomed progression of the deep atmospheric realms of his recent INNER PLACES release. With the focus on texture and purity of analog-based and inspired sounds, David stands in a small circle of electronic composers who continue to use "real" stand alone hardware synths for his sound creation. The rich sound quality and visceral impact is proof positive of why these instruments in the hands of a true sound artist generate transcendent work. Essential, and a current favorite of Steve's.
2005 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
INNER PLACES is an outstanding new release from New Zealand-based veteran synth and Indian music artist David Parsons. This is one of drifting, mysterious beauty. No rhythmic elements are present on the CD, leaving the focus towards the mystical atmospheres and cloud-like pieces. Highly recommended to those who want to float into a pure mystical drift.
|1. ||Pahla Loka||MP3||10:19|| |
|2. ||Dusra Loka||MP3||10:13|| |
|3. ||Tisra Loka||MP3||9:31|| |
|4. ||Chautha Loka||MP3||9:01|| |
|5. ||Panchwan Loka||MP3||10:01|| |
|6. ||Chhatha Loka||MP3||12:03|| |
2002 Celestial Harmonies 17076 (CD)
Since 1975, David Parsons has made numerous trips to India to absorb the culture, study the music, and record performances by indigenous artists. In addition to producing two albums of Tibetan ritual music, in the Sacred Ceremonies series, the composer and synthesist has translated the essence of his journeys into the lush, yet, profound soundscapes of Himalaya and Yatra, two critically acclaimed albums of original music.
|Maitreya: The Future Buddha|
2002 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
These spiritual odysseys of sound are created from a variety of synthesizers and acoustic instruments. They will appeal to anyone who enjoys the long form pieces and deep sound meditations found on WORLD'S EDGE, DREAMTIME RETURN, and EARLY MAN, to name a few. David Parsons has been a label mate with Steve on Fortuna / Celestial Harmonies for many years, and their music could be considered as sharing a kindred spirit in its essence and intention.
2000 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
These spiritual odysseys of sound are created from a variety of synthesizers and acoustic Instruments. They will appeal to anyone who enjoys the long form pieces and deep sound meditations found on WORLD'S EDGE, DREAMTIME RETURN, and EARLY MAN, to name a few. David Parsons has been a label mate with Steve on Fortuna / Celestial Harmonies for many years, and their music could be considered as sharing a kindred spirit in its essence and intention.
1999 Celestial Harmonies 13171 (CD)
Longtime fans of David Parsons' sampling and synthesizer originals of the 1980's will be pleased with the musician's return to the studio. After a long hiatus as a composer/performer, Parsons' Ngaio Gamelan was unmistakably his magnum opus to date.
1991 Fortuna 18072 (CD)
David Parsons has long been fascinated by India and Tibet, two ancient worlds characterized by potent mythologies, mystical sacred sites, and sublime musical traditions. Over the years, this respected electronic composer has made numerous yatras (journeys, in Sanskrit) to India, experiencing the sites and sounds of this exotic land. Yatra is Parsons' first comprehensive attempt to log the essence of his Far Eastern adventures.
|1. ||Yatra||MP3||3:50|| |
|2. ||Bengal Village||MP3||8:05|| |
|3. ||The Himgiri||MP3||5:43|| |
|4. ||Assi||MP3||5:37|| |
|5. ||Varuna Ghat||MP3||7:26|| |
|6. ||Adobe of Shiva|| ||29:39|| |
|1. ||Ram Bhakta||MP3||5:05|| |
|2. ||Earth Mother||MP3||8:15|| |
|3. ||Maha Puja||MP3||21:53|| |
|4. ||Manasorovar||MP3||28:06|| |
Celestial Harmonies 17059 (CD)
This is a musical journey through India and the Himalaya Mountains. Using a variety of synthesizers, David Parsons creates a beautiful and vivid musical picture. We hear and feel the driving wind and sense the mystery of the deserted snowy mountain meadows. In "Rishikesh", an underlying growling depicts the awesome feeling of standing at the base of the majestic Himalaya Mountains and looking up. The full-bodied rumble of "Kailasa" portrays the power of the shrine of Lord Shiva. In "Varuna Deva" rhythms are used like brushes to paint the lively Ganges River. Spiced with recordings of natural sounds, such as thunder and chanting, HIMALAYA is a passionate view of India and her mighty mountain range.
Celestial Harmonies 13181 (CD)
In composing SHAMAN, David Parsons "imagined a gathering of mystics, headed by a high shaman, at night in a remote desert valley." This recording is his "impression of a complete ceremony where mantras are chanted and dervishes are whirling in ecstatic trances to the rhythm of the music." It is Parsons' intention to leave the listener to imagine what the track titles mean, as they will surely mean different things to different people. The CD is filled with a rich composite of electronic and acoustic rhythmic and melodic elements. At their center, most pieces are pulsing sequencer-based patterns, very hypnotic and centered in the body but not overstated. If you appreciate the movement on THE SERPENT'S LAIR and CORE by Steve, this release will prove a nice surprise.
|Tibetan Plateau / Sounds of the Mothership|
Celestial Harmonies 17013 (CD)
This CD brings together selections from David Parsons' early recordings, TIBETAN PLATEAU and SOUNDS OF THE MOTHERSHIP. The collection includes eight compositions that evoke the sounds of remote, deep space through the soaring voices of Parsons' synthesizers in combination with classical Indian instruments. Inspired by the ancient Vedic songs of India, Parson's music lies at the well-springs of consciousness, tempered by soothing sounds from the physical world: the soft chirping of crickets, the calls of songbirds, and the restless sounds of the four winds. The music serves as a centering point for the mind amid the swirling vortex of the temporal plane.
2014 steveroach.com SR03 (CD)
Produced by Steve Roach
Reviewed by Sonic Immersion
STRANDS is the second transmission from the enigmatic electronic artist Radiant Mind. Choosing to work in anonymity with Steve as the producer and interface, this artist draws from space-music forms and textures -- long unfolding drifts and slow suspensions. On this new release of deep-in-the-night travels, STRANDS is purely atmospheric, probing into the darker regions and outer edges of sonic space. All the sounds and textures were created specifically for each piece. Along with mastering the music, Steve added spacial processing enhancements and subtle looping to the final stages.
|1. ||Beyond the Barriers||MP3||7:58|| |
|2. ||Beacon of Sound||MP3||7:20|| |
|3. ||Womb of Healing||MP3||8:42|| |
|4. ||Released||MP3||13:57|| |
|5. ||Twilight Weave||MP3||13:09|| |
|6. ||Strands||MP3||21:45|| |
|CD out of stock|
2012 Periphery OTP7012 (CD)
Produced by Steve Roach
SENSE is the debut release by US artist Radiant Mind. Steve Roach helped nurture this release into being with production and sonic contributions. Radiant Mind's first offering delivers a warm and inspiring soundworld experience. While this is the first release from Radiant Mind, the artist has been creating electronic music for many years, choosing to create away from the public platform.
|1. ||Inner Dimension||MP3||8:16|| |
|2. ||Sense One||MP3||5:49|| |
|3. ||Sanctuary in Light||MP3||6:37|| |
|4. ||Sense Two||MP3||5:55|| |
|5. ||Sense Three||MP3||5:05|| |
|6. ||Reaching the Beyond||MP3||9:06|| |
|7. ||Radiant Mind||MP3||22:48|| |
|- ||medley||MP3||14:01|| |
Limited edition in round metal tin.
2011 Projekt PRO265 (CD)
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. The two pieces on the hour-long album submerge the listener in a self-sustaining environment of warm electronics and minimal processings of deep, tender swells and an unresolved, yearning string theme. This is music which gently rotates around its own axis in a time-suspended haze.
|Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations|
The Complete Hildegard von Bingen Vol. 1
1996 Celestial Harmonies 13127 (CD)
Like the HARMONIC MEETINGS recording, this is another release that Steve draws inspiration from as a transition to silence. A rich atmosphere of medieval mysticism is felt at the heart of this music.
|1. ||Honey and Milk Beneath Her Tongue (Dripping Honeycomb - avus destillans)|| ||7:46|| |
|2. ||Ursula's Virgins (et ideo puelle)||MP3||2:28|| |
|3. ||The Devil's Suggestion (O You Who Are Illumined - o tu illustrata)|| ||7:09|| |
|4. ||Place of the Ancient Heart (O You Angels - o vos angeli)|| ||9:02|| |
|5. ||Zeal of Divinity (studium divinitatis)||MP3||0:57|| |
|6. ||O Fiery Spirit (o ignes spiritus)||MP3||7:16|| |
|7. ||Red River Falling (o rubor sanguinis)||MP3||4:02|| |
|8. ||O Orzchis Ecclesia||MP3||2:12|| |
|9. ||Living-Light Angels (o glorissimi lux vivens angeli)|| ||6:37|| |
|10. ||The Clouds Are Grieving (our king is swift-rex noster promptus est)|| ||4:28|| |
|11. ||The Firstwoman (deus enim in prima muliere)|| ||1:43|| |
|12. ||From Their Homeland (de patria)||MP3||1:37|| |
|13. ||But the Devil Mocked (sed diabolus in invidia)||MP3||2:27|| |
|14. ||Song To Ecclesia (nunc gaudeant materna viscera ecclesia)||MP3||3:02|| |
2017 Projekt PRO338 (CD)
Different Spaces presents Erik's first 2-CD studio release, clocking in at 2 hours and 45 minutes. This release marks nine years since Steve introduced Erik's music to the Projekt label with the Stream of Thought collaboration. Projekt has gone on to support a long list of beautiful releases from Wøllo over this time, all consistent in quality, style and artistry. In this set, the Norwegian artist moves away from the stately themes and measured compositions of past releases and into a new place that feels lively and spontaneous. Shorter pieces and passages move through, as the title suggests, different spaces on this sonic travelogue. Marking 35 years as an artist-in-sound, Erik's influences and inspirations appear more on the sleeve in some of these pieces. Be it Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, Steve Roach's Towards the Dream from DREAMTIME RETURN, and the pulsing sequencer weavings of Tangerine Dream and Euro electronic classics, the echoes of these and more are felt throughout the release. Wøllo's trademark guitar signature sound and graceful melodic touch remain a constant throughout.
|1. ||Low Winter Sun (Introduction 1)|| ||4:46|| |
|2. ||Points in Time|| ||8:24|| |
|3. ||Solaris|| ||6:40|| |
|4. ||High Plains|| ||8:08|| |
|5. ||Church Mountain|| ||4:39|| |
|6. ||Similar World|| ||6:18|| |
|7. ||Past Theme|| ||5:38|| |
|8. ||Hydra|| ||8:01|| |
|9. ||Kaleidoscope|| ||8:47|| |
|10. ||Evening Island|| ||6:05|| |
|11. ||Memory Space|| ||6:53|| |
|1. ||Mystical Sun (Introduction 2)|| ||5:10|| |
|2. ||Chroma|| ||6:27|| |
|3. ||Motion Blue|| ||5:43|| |
|4. ||The Morph|| ||7:39|| |
|5. ||Rundreise|| ||5:55|| |
|6. ||Circle Dream|| ||4:46|| |
|7. ||Pilgrim Way|| ||8:41|| |
|8. ||Cascade Falls|| ||8:53|| |
|9. ||Mirror Lake|| ||6:06|| |
|10. ||Afterglow|| ||6:31|| |
|11. ||Elysium|| ||7:12|| |
Byron Metcalf, Erik Wøllo
2016 Projekt PRO328 (CD)
Electronic musician Erik Wøllo joins tribal-trance percussionist Byron Metcalf for an elegant album weaving melodic, vibrant soundscapes with subtle, grounding rhythms.
|1. ||Days of Magic||MP3||8:49|| |
|2. ||Light and Ground|| ||7:57|| |
|3. ||Far Wandered|| ||8:35|| |
|4. ||Valley of Spheres|| ||8:27|| |
|5. ||Distant Future|| ||7:52|| |
|6. ||Diomedea|| ||8:47|| |
|7. ||Earth Luminous|| ||7:26|| |
|8. ||Linked Stars|| ||5:21|| |
2012 Projekt PRO278 (CD)
"Erik Wøllo manages to synthesize influences from Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd to Steve Reich and modern electronica. But as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary instrumental music, he's truly morphed these sounds into a image-evoking modality that is wholly his own." -- John Diliberto, Echoes Radio
|1. ||Spring Equinox (prelude)||MP3||4:10|| |
|2. ||The Drift||MP3||5:17|| |
|3. ||Red Earth||MP3||7:00|| |
|4. ||Airborne 1||MP3||5:39|| |
|5. ||Circle Lake||MP3||4:30|| |
|6. ||Lost and Found||MP3||6:40|| |
|7. ||Airborne 2||MP3||5:30|| |
|8. ||The Longest Day||MP3||6:02|| |
|9. ||Time River||MP3||6:37|| |
|10. ||North of the Mountains||MP3||5:14|| |
|11. ||The Magic Spot||MP3||6:00|| |
|12. ||Airborne 3||MP3||5:08|| |
Nathan Youngblood (with Steve Roach)
2007 steveroach.com SR02 (CD)
Produced by Steve Roach
Reviewed by Morpheus Music, Relaxed Machinery, Signal to Noise, Tokafi
ASUNDER is the debut release by Nathan Youngblood. Carved from dense harmonically rich acoustic and electronic material, this set of tone zones move at glacial speed, hovering very close to the Earth's surface for the duration. Emotionally contained in a sphere of isolation, the gentle tension effectively holds your interest subliminally, and continues to permeate into your physical and mental environment.
|1. ||Vesper Nest||MP3||8:22|| |
|2. ||Kanashibari||MP3||11:48|| |
|3. ||UmbraSphere||MP3||6:32|| |
|4. ||Shearwave||MP3||19:40|| |
|5. ||Flume||MP3||10:54|| |
|6. ||Underland||MP3||6:45|| |
2, 3. with Steve Roach; production, sonic enhancements, and mastering by Steve Roach