The Dreamtime Box
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2005 Timeroom Editions (CD)
Reviewed by Morpheus Music, Sonic Curiosity
Each uniquely hand-printed box contains the 2005 re-mastered version of DREAMTIME RETURN and the two new releases NEW LIFE DREAMING and POSSIBLE PLANET, to create THE DREAMTIME BOX. The box set is far less expensive than buying the elements individually. We're also selling just the empty box, for those who wish to combine POSSIBLE PLANET with NEW LIFE DREAMING and their own copy of DREAMTIME RETURN (the orange cover edition; the double-wide blue edition will not fit).
About the box itself: "Who would think finding and developing a box would be such a big deal? Late last year I pored over many ideas for creating a unique box, and finally found just the right thing: a nice sturdy earth-colored box which feels good in-hand and holds everything snugly. I wanted to make each box a unique one-of-a-kind offering. After a few months of playing with different ideas, I developed a way of hand-printing an Aboriginal-style dot painting directly onto each box. Each of the 1200 boxes will be a unique piece in the way the images are applied. The hand printing is being done by myself and my assistant Nate Youngblood here in my humble Timeroom Editions lair." -- Steve Roach
To read more about the 2005 re-mastered edition of DREAMTIME RETURN, or about NEW LIFE DREAMING or POSSIBLE PLANET, click on the links.
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2005 Projekt PRO175 (CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Alternative Press, CD Review, Deep Listenings, Echoes, Electroambient Space, Exposť, e|i magazine, e|i magazine, Hearts of Space, Morpheus Music, Muze, Sonic Curiosity, Synth Music Direct
Since its release in 1988, DREAMTIME RETURN has earned its reputation as a genuine classic. The two-CD Magnum Opus is perhaps the most important, widely known and highly respected release in Steve Roach's vast body of work. it serves as an essential benchmark within the Ambient-Ethno-Atmospheric genre. DREAMTIME RETURN still sounds like a transmission from the near future and the very distant past. Roach's travels in the Australian outback, along with studies of the Aboriginal Dreamtime, and his desert walkabouts in California were the lifeblood for this recording which still defies the boundaries of genre classification 17 years after its release... This 2005 edition has been lovingly remastered using a 24-bit process, and sounds better than ever. It also features never-before seen photos from Steve's Australian adventure during the making of this recording.
"Steve Roach demonstrates that electronic music's greatest potential may lie in bringing our most elusive dreams and ancient memories into focus through potent, highly imaginative soundscapes. This is without question Steve Roach's masterpiece." -- 10-10 rating, CD Review
"Musically DREAMTIME RETURN richly deserves its classic status, but Roach also deserves credit for leading electronic musicians out of their sheltered studios and into an active relationship with the landscape, the wider world, and deep cultural history. The whole genre is stronger and more relevant for his example." -- Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space
24-bit digital remaster with additional artwork. Also available as part of THE DREAMTIME BOX.
New Life Dreaming
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2005 Timeroom Editions 15 (CD)
Reviewed by Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Morpheus Music, Sacred Markings Blog, Sonic Curiosity
From the first chord of "Perfect Dream" to the final fade of "In the Eye Of Noche", NEW LIFE DREAMING presents an unbroken feeling of connection to essential meditations found on STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, QUIET MUSIC and DREAMTIME RETURN. All of these pieces were created during late 2004 and 2005. The process of remastering DREAMTIME RETURN helped open the door into that timeless place found in Steve's most appreciated works. NEW LIFE DREAMING represents an essential chapter in the book of quiet, nourishing and graceful sound paintings.
"The desire to tap into the soundcurrent from which the Dreamtime music was drawn just seemed inevitable after the remastering process started in December of last year. It's a living, breathing, space for me which has continued to flow down deep over the years. As I re-opened the door to this dreamtime space, the creative urges and subtle cues to follow the trail deeper was immediately reinforced by several new pieces which feel directly connected to this indescribable quality. These new pieces just flowed out. There was no big agenda, concept or sense of obligation to make them feel like they belonged on the DREAMTIME RETURN discs. All the pieces came from a calm space, just letting things breathe and not being in any hurry to go anywhere. Now that they are complete, I feel the pieces speak of the subtle blooms that occur in the heart and mind when you slow it all down."
Also available as part of THE DREAMTIME BOX.
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2005 Timeroom Editions 16 (CD)
Reviewed by Peter Grenader, Frank MacEowen, Mark Morton, CD Services (UK), Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Morpheus Music, Sonic Curiosity, Sonic Immersion
This pivotal new long-form soundworld work pulls back the layers and increases the magnification to reveal a truly organic, analog-based core sound at a level not heard before in Steve's music. The metaphor of emerging lifeforms on a possible planet sets the mood for the three movements presented as a continuous immersive zone. "Wet", "shimmering", "cellular" and "diaphanous" are some words that could describe this living-breathing soundscape.
"While this long from zoneworld was created between December 2004 and May 2005, it developed into a pivotal new release for me. It's also included in The Dreamtime Box because it represents a parallel in some ways to "Looking For Safety" from DREAMTIME RETURN. As an artist if you live long enough to draw a line back in time, the recurring themes can link up to create an interesting graph of stylistic confluence. These two pieces, POSSIBLE PLANET and "Looking For Safety" (recorded in 1986) are at similar points on that graph, with many years in-between them and created in very different circumstances, but still sharing the same air. "During my 'analog rebirth' (see below) this desire started emerging to create a kind of soundscape environment which portrayed an undefined life form as it's just starting to emerge from the primordial soup on some distant planet. The sounds were forming in my imagination and were brought to life as you hear them across three movements. This set the mood for the idea of expressing the emerging, evolving sense of consciousness coming into form."
The Process... "I have always had a visceral connection to the instruments which I choose to channel my energies. Sonically POSSIBLE PLANET is the result of an analog rebirth that started for me last Fall. A series of events created a craving obsession in my imagination and within my ears to hear and create from pure means, not digital to analog converted or virtual analog, frozen waveforms or soft-synths. I wanted to feel the current coming right out of the wall, and shape it from that point forward. POSSIBLE PLANET was created completely on a modular analog system which I assembled over a five-month period. As the sonic life form was evolving, the system that was creating it was evolving as well, in order for the changes to occur. This was also a great metaphor for the themes of the emerging cellular life forms I was dreaming into. "In order to remove the reliable and familiar modes of working, I eliminated a few basics: no MIDI, keyboards of any kind, or computers for composition and editing. It was all about twisting knobs, feeling it in my fingertips and coaxing the current into the desired direction. POSSIBLE PLANET was recorded during three live sessions. Each session would start after several days of creating and learning the nuances of a 'living' patch I had created, from which the soundforms were drawn."
|1. ||First Murmer||MP3||16:01|| |
|2. ||Gestation||MP3||31:26|| |
|3. ||Cell Memory||MP3||25:52|| |
The three movements form a continuous flow. Also available as part of THE DREAMTIME BOX.
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1988 Fortuna 18055 (LP, CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Alternative Press, CD Review, Echoes, Exposť, Hearts of Space, Muze, Synth Music Direct
"Steve Roach demonstrates that electronic music's greatest potential may lie in bringing our most elusive dreams and ancient memories into focus through potent, highly imaginative soundscapes. This is without question Steve Roach's masterpiece." 10-10 rating, CD Review
Perhaps the most important release in Steve's body of work. Since its release in 1988, DREAMTIME RETURN has proven to be a true classic recording according to countless testimonies of listeners, reviews and radio programmers worldwide. Roach's travels in Australia, along with studies of the Aboriginal Dreamtime and his desert walkabouts in California were the catalyst for this breakthrough recording that brought the atmospheric, contemplative and ethno-influenced rhythms into a common ground. It was also during this time Roach met up with Aboriginal didgeridoo master David Hudson who taught Steve to play the didg as well as create three didgeridoo recordings during the following ten years. Newcomers to Steve's music would be wise to start here for a moving look into the fabric that has become Roach's distinct style.
1-8, 2-1: CD-only bonus tracks; 2-1: CD extended version; re-released 1998 with new packaging, and 24-bit remastered in 2005