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Shadow of Time
Shadow of Time
Steve Roach
2016 Projekt PRO334 – now shipping

Within the 35-year orbit of Roach's relentless dedication to sonic-art as a way of life, SHADOW OF TIME marks a reconnection to the touchstone of Roach's signature sound: deep breathing atmospherics, textural healings and zen-like immersion spaces. The inner stillness and sumptuous shimmering of warm analog synthesizers slow down time and enhance the moment in ways unique to Roach's work.

This Place To Be
This Place To Be
Steve Roach
2016 Timeroom Editions TM38 – now shipping

Evoking the stillpoint of now, this 2016 long-form piece was born in the spirit of INVISIBLE, BLOODMOON RISING and other soul tone zones of pure immersion, deep atmospherics and textural healing. After a long run of concerts and the wide range of dynamic releases over the past few years, the return to home gave birth to this place to be.

The Venerable Dark Cloud
The Venerable Dark Cloud
69-minute extended re-release

Loren Nerell
2016 Projekt PRO330 – limited edition of 300

An ambient hybrid of traditional Indonesian soundscapes and electronics. Originally released in 2000 on Italy's Amplexus label, Loren Nerell extends THE VENERABLE DARK CLOUD's original 22 minutes to over 69 minutes, culminating in a complete vision capturing a sound that Sequences described as "modern ambient drone music (that) melds with ancient tribal cultures to form something entirely new, sounding ages old".

In 2000, Glen Hammett wrote for The Raging Consciousness Desk, THE VENERABLE DARK CLOUD "is spectacular, creative, and a delight to listen. Enchanting! The sensation the listener comes away with is one of a sacred mysterious quality, and I found myself wanting more when it ended".

Sixteen years later, the wait is over. Capturing an ambient sound informed by Indonesian gamelan music, and the concept of animism, Loren remarks, "What would it be like to be a soul or spirit inside a gong? You would not think in human ways but maybe in gamelan tones. This album is how I imagine it would be to be that gong".

From the liner notes, Loren writes:

This project started back in 1998 when Stefano Gentile asked me to contribute to his Amplexus mini-CD ambient label. The timing was perfect: I had just finished my masters degree in ethnomusicology, it had been a while since I had any time to create music, and I was very eager to get back to creating again.

The first thing that came was the title; well, actually I stole the title. THE VENERABLE DARK CLOUD is the English translation of the name given to the UCLA Javanese gamelan ensemble "Kyai Mendung". I felt this title fit the mood of the music I was writing, plus I also had this concept for what the album was about. Indonesia is predominately Islamic, but underneath there are many layers of other beliefs including Animism, the belief that everything has a soul. This has filtered down into everything including gamelan ensembles; it is thought that the spirit of the ensemble resides in its largest gong. As an outsider, I was fascinated. I wondered, "What would it be like to be a soul or spirit inside a gong?" You would not think in human ways but maybe in gamelan tones. This album is how I imagine it would be to be that gong. "Within The Cloud" is how a gong would think created using only gamelan tones that I processed.

One unique aspect of the Amplexus concept that I found challenging was the short capacity of the little 3-inch CDs they released on; they held about 23 minutes rather than the 74 minutes on a standard CD. It was a challenge, but I found around 22 minutes of music to include. I felt and still feel it is the strongest work I have produced to date.

Fast forward about ten years; the CD is long out of print. Steve Roach suggested that I release the CD again but this time as a full-length version. I went back into my archives and found a couple of tracks that I did not include on the original release due to length. "Liquid Metal Statis" appeared on the Hypnos Compilation CD Weightless, Effortless and has been slightly remixed for this disc. The other was an alternative version of the song "Eclipse," now called "Another Cloud". Completing the vision are tracks "Tenganan Grove" and "Lambat Lane".

Star's End 2015
Star's End 2015
Silent Currents 4

Erik Wøllo
2016 Projekt PRO335

This electronic/ambient release is Erik Wøllo's 2015 live performance at the late-night Star's End radio show on WXPN in Philadelphia. This is a long-form, introspective 60-minute piece with thirteen sections of enigmatic textural components organically flowing into each other. Eschewing the melody and harmony found in Wøllo's studio work, STAR'S END 2015 is an intricate expression of ambience and this artist's potent skills at creating space and ever-expanding sound-universes.

Earth Luminous
Earth Luminous
Byron Metcalf, Erik Wøllo
2016 Projekt PRO328

Electronic musician Erik Wøllo joins tribal-trance percussionist Byron Metcalf for an elegant album weaving melodic, vibrant soundscapes with subtle, grounding rhythms.

Jeffrey Koepper
2016 Air Space Records

TERRELEKTRA is the followup to last year's KONNEKTIONS. Koepper continues the electronic flow, utilizing exclusively vintage synthesizers and sequencers to create a beautifully evocative planet of sound. Deep atmospheres blend effortlessly with sequential rhythms to propel the listener to emotional memory, space and beyond.

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May 7, 2016:  If you missed 2013's Future Flows, we're offering a name-your-price download from Bandcamp. Hurry, offer ends next weekend!

February 13, 2016:  Coming in April on Projekt: two new incredible and different collaborative releases with Steve and UK-based electronic artist Robert Logan: BIOSONIC and SECOND NATURE.

October 11, 2015:  Video profile by Chuck Van Zyl of The Gatherings

September 24, 2015:  Tune into Drone Zone on SomaFM this Sunday for the premiere of Bloodmoon Rising, Night 4.

August 9, 2015:  Don't miss the Echoes Interview Podcast, available for download and from iTunes.

August 1, 2015:  

The 4-CD Bloodmoon Rising set will ship the week of September 14th. The wonderfully deep and newly-completed Night 4, along with the previously-unreleased Night 1, will complete this set of four 74-minute zones inspired by the four Bloodmoon Tetrad nights which began last April, and will end on September 28th. The 4-CD Bloodmoon Rising set will ship the week of September 14th. The wonderfully deep and newly-completed Night 4, along with the previously-unreleased Night 1, will complete this set of four 74-minute zones inspired by the four Bloodmoon Tetrad nights which began last April, and will end on September 28th.

May 17, 2015:  Skeleton Keys (CD and vinyl) and The Skeleton Collection are in stock and shipping now. All pre-orders will be shipped no later than May 20th.

March 8, 2015:  

Primal Reunion Workshop, April 18-20

Linda Kohanov and Steve Roach will present a rare workshop together combining the transformative power of sound and music with the profound opening in consciousness that occurs through equine-human interaction. This is a rare opportunity to work with two masters of their field in an intimate setting at their ranch in Southern Arizona. Questions:

December 29, 2014:  Steve Roach Live in Tucson, February 13-14 2015

After two sold-out shows last year, Steve's return to the Galactic Center is on the horizon. Steve's Tucson concerts are always special as there is no place like home. Immerse thyself in the deep end of the soundcurrent at Solar Culture's Galactic Center, complete with meditation caves in the back corners of an incredible environment. The center is an intimate performance space in downtown Tucson, Arizona. The shows will be part of the pinnacle weekend of the multi-week Tucson Gem and Mineral Show which brings in a large global culture to the entire city. Capacity is just under 80 per show. Part of the room will be open for on-the-floor seating, with pillows and couches available. Tickets are on-sale now.

December 19, 2014:  Back in stock, and at Bandcamp: Immersion Five - Circadian Rhythms.

October 19, 2014:  Steve reminisces about the Oberheim DMX during an interview with The Vinyl Factory.

October 19, 2014:  Bloodmoon return, the big picture...

A tremendous thank you for your overwhelming response to the "Bloodmoon Rising" piece. The spontaneous expression and immediate sharing was, like that night, a unique and inspiring experience. We will do it again! Mark your calendar for April 4th 2015. This is the date for the next audio chapter in the Bloodmoon Rising Tetra, with a new piece to be created in the days leading up to the event, then going live that evening on Bandcamp. On September 28th 2015, the final piece in the Bloodmoon Tetra cycle arrives. A limited 4-CD set will feature all four long-form pieces created for these moments in time.

April 27, 2014:  Two new releases from Byron Metcalf, Loren Nerell and Mark Seelig are now available. Also, Dream Tracker is back in stock.

April 13, 2014:  Read (and hear) all about the re-release of Structures From Silence: Echoes Podcast interview; Tucson Weekly profile; FACT Magazine review; Ambient Music Guide interview.

March 9, 2014:  Listen to Steve's interview for the At Water's Edge podcast, recorded just prior to last October's Vortex Dome concerts.

October 22, 2013:  At Water's Edge, hosted by Rebekkah Hilgraves, returns to Stillstream Internet Radio this Saturday at 9pm Pacific (11pm Central), featuring a live stream of Steve Roach's third and final Immersion concert from Los Angeles. After the music is done, stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Steve.

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September 29, 2013:  Fluid Radio has published an epic profile: Riding the Soundwave: Scenes of life and death from the biography of ambient pioneer Steve Roach.

August 18, 2013:  Tickets are now on-sale for Steve's three Vortex Dome Immersion Concerts in Los Angeles. Each show only seats 120, so if you'd like to attend, act quickly!

August 4, 2013:  We just added 8 David Parsons CD's to our Summer Monsoon Sale page. Move quickly to get half-off on these classic titles!

August 4, 2013:  Author Ben Kettlewell has graciously shared his 2001 Steve Roach interview with us, from the book Electronic Music Pioneers.

June 1, 2013:  Steve is excited to announce his live concert return to Los Angeles on Friday October 25th and Saturday the 26th, a total of three shows in a Dome theater in Downtown LA. This will be produced with immersive 360-surround visuals, sound and more. Only 130 people per show. Not to be missed. More on this soon! (Note the new dates; was originally October 12th/13th.)

May 25, 2013:  Steve's full Ambicon performance is now online.

May 19, 2013:  Circles & Artifacts at Bandcamp!

After the release of their monumental Ascension of Shadows 3-CD set, in 1999/2000 Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana collaborated by mail on the soundtrack for a limited-edition interactive CD-ROM of photography by Martina Verhoeven. The hour of all-new material never appeared on a standalone CD, but here it is, for the first time, as a digital release. A floating long-from meditative piece, it's a unique ambient environment, immersing the listener in a carefully designed soundworld; rewarding whether just below the threshold of perception, or through active listening. The gradual shifting and drifting is music to get lost in. Though the changes over time are subtle — almost imperceptible — there is growth and change.

April 14, 2013:  MP3 clips for Steve's new album FUTURE FLOWS have been posted, and the album is available now at Bandcamp.

March 24, 2013:  Check out the great new profile on Steve at Ambient Music Guide.

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