|Desert-Ambient — Releases that directly express the expansive landscapes, forever skies, dramatic atmospheric conditions and sensual heat found in this land of extremes.
|All is Now|
2002 Timeroom Editions 8 (CD)
Reviewed by Hannah M.G. Shapero, Jim Brenholts, CD Services (UK), Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Progression Magazine, Sonic Curiosity, Wind and Wire
Fresh from concerts in 2002, this purely live double-CD release presents the current evolution of Steve's iconoclastic live experience captured at select U.S. dates earlier this year. For the duration of the first half of this year, Steve was on a constant program of performing on the road, then returning home for a few weeks at a time, setting up the live system in The Timeroom to create new sounds and reflect on previous concerts. This proved to be a refreshing alternative to the tour-'til-you-drop approach as the evolution of the music and soundworlds were greatly enhanced by this process.
|Disc 1: All is Now|
|1. ||Oakland (setting course)||MP3||15:18|| |
|2. ||Portland (1)||MP3||2:50|| |
|3. ||Portland (2)|| ||8:58|| |
|4. ||Portland (3, life meditation)|| ||9:54|| |
|5. ||SFMOMA (1)||MP3||13:02|| |
|6. ||San Francisco|| ||3:37|| |
|7. ||Oakland|| ||6:05|| |
|8. ||San Francisco (infinite heart)||MP3||10:35|| |
|9. ||SFMOMA (2)|| ||3:57|| |
|Disc 2: Live in Sedona: Formations Creation in 8 parts|
|1. ||Live In Sedona: Formations Creation Part 1||MP3||11:32|| |
|2. ||Live In Sedona: Formations Creation Part 2||MP3||13:33|| |
|3. ||Live In Sedona: Formations Creation Part 3||MP3||3:42|| |
|4. ||Live In Sedona: Formations Creation Part 4||MP3||3:03|| |
|5. ||Live In Sedona: Formations Creation Part 5||MP3||7:18|| |
|6. ||Live In Sedona: Formations Creation Part 6|| ||11:39|| |
|7. ||Live In Sedona: Formations Creation Part 7|| ||6:22|| |
|8. ||Live In Sedona: Formations Creation Part 8|| ||9:38|| |
1994 Fortuna 17082 (CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Muze, The Herald (Allaire, New Jersey)
Should be considered the second disc of ORIGINS. Recently unearthed: seven artifacts, 77 minutes, and several thousand years old, from now. This is at the deep core of Roach's Tribal-Ambient phase. "Immerse yourself in its throbbing rhythms, riding on the electro-acoustic textures he renders in organic manipulations... probing the netherside... more searing than soothing." (CD REVIEW)
|Australia: Sound of the Earth|
Steve Roach, David Hudson, Sarah Hopkins
1990 Fortuna 17071 (CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Muze
Roach's second trip to Australia was documented by yet another breakthrough release that was celebrated in Australia with high critical regard. David Hudson's didgeridoo and cellist Sarah Hopkins are featured in this sonic travelogue down under. "It is somewhat ironic that one of the best Western-Aboriginal fusions has been the work of the highly regarded American ambient musician, Steve Roach." -- (Sydney Morning Herald)
|1. ||Red Dust and Sweat|| ||10:40|| |
|2. ||Call to Kuranda|| ||3:12|| |
|3. ||The Ancient Voice|| ||3:06|| |
|4. ||Atmosphere for Dreaming|| ||7:47|| |
|5. ||Darktime|| || |
|6. ||The Initiation|| ||7:09|| |
|7. ||Origin||MP3||4:32|| |
|8. ||Spirits|| ||3:16|| |
|9. ||The Hunter|| ||3:00|| |
|10. ||Awakening the Earth|| ||14:06|| |
|11. ||Land Sound||MP3||5:14|| |
|12. ||The Dreaming Place|| ||5:14|| |
Steve Roach, Michael Stearns, Kevin Braheny
1989 Fortuna 17070 (CD)
Reviewed by CD Review, Muze
The follow-up to WESTERN SPACES, this time with Michael Stearns. The intensity of the desert's elemental power and allure are brought into focus on this collection of evocative sound paintings. Intense heat and thunder storms, craggy desert mountains, vast labyrinth-like canyons are at the center of this remarkable portrait of the American Southwest, one that the late writer Ed Abby wrote about so potently in the book Desert Solitaire from which the title was borrowed.
|1. ||Flatlands||MP3||4:55|| |
|2. ||Labyrinth|| ||6:56|| |
|3. ||Specter|| ||9:34|| |
|4. ||The Canyon's Embrace||RealAudio||3:35|| |
|5. ||Cloud of Promise|| ||6:38|| |
|6. ||Knowledge & Dust|| ||3:23|| |
|7. ||Shiprock|| ||4:00|| |
|8. ||Highnoon|| ||10:30|| |
|9. ||Empty Time|| ||5:51|| |
|10. ||From the Heart of Darkness|| ||3:50|| |
|11. ||Desert Solitaire|| ||6:06|| |
Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf, Dashmesh Khalsa
2010 Dr. BAM's Music DBM006 (CD)
Reviewed by New Age Retailer
The essential ingredients of ancient and contemporary shamanic trance states are fully activated in this highly potent new release. Byron carved out a collection of incredible trance grooves for nearly a year, eventually bringing in the prana-infused didgeridoo of Dashmesh Khalsa on every track. Steve joined on in early January 2010 and poured his heart and soul-drenched soundworlds into the six pieces, covering a full range of ecstatic dreamtime flow: rhythm, breath and expansion. The end result is a full-blown dreamtime alchemy of all the elements. The living, breathing percussion, didgeridoo and soundworlds are unified in a single purpose: to open to the door out of the ordinary world, initiating the listener into an empowered journey of infinite possibilities for spiritual rebirth, illumination, and transcendence.
|1. ||Dream Tracker||MP3||20:18|| |
|2. ||Dreamtime Alchemy||MP3||10:04|| |
|3. ||From the Inside||MP3||9:18|| |
|4. ||Thunder Walk||MP3||11:47|| |
|5. ||Roo Runner||MP3||9:55|| |
|6. ||Realms of the Sacred Seed||MP3||12:02|| |
|Box Set out of stock|
2005 Projekt PRO175 (CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Alternative Press, CD Review, Deep Listenings, Echoes, Electroambient Space, Exposé, 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.
24-bit digital remaster with additional artwork. Also available as part of THE DREAMTIME BOX.
|Dust to Dust|
Steve Roach, Roger King
1998 Projekt PRO79 (CD)
Reviewed by John Pemble, AmbiEntrance, Brett Neely, Alternative Press, CounterPunch, Illinois Entertainer, Muze
Western Music in the truest sense. It is a bold step in a new direction: Where sounds paint pictures with a range of colors drawn from the land, where stories are told with the instruments of old and new pioneers. Guitars, harmonicas and washboard rhythms find their place next to a wagon full of electronics. This is the music, and even more the soundtrack, to the lingering ghosts and the lost and not-so-forgotten dreams of the restless souls driven to "Go West by God!" The story shifts between the present and the recent past when a dust trail was the only road west. The rails were freshly laid, still wet with sweat and blood. For better or worse, hopes and dreams turned real in the vast southwestern deserts, becoming a metaphor for a clean slate and a better life.
2001 Projekt PRO111 (CD)
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts, All Music Guide, Alternative Press, AmbiEntrance, CD Services (UK), Incursion, Ink 19, Ink 19, Muze, Outburn, Sonic Curiosity, Star's End, StarVox, The Raging Consciousness Desk, Tower Pulse!
Best described as primeval innerspace deep ambient. EARLY MAN brings into form an ancient landscape of bubbling pools and steamy marshlands, verdant arroyos and monolithic rock formations. Cave paintings and ancient memories come to life in a slow soul-dance of evolutionary magic. The accolades from press and listeners alike tell that EARLY MAN belongs to Roach's classic body of work which includes DREAMTIME RETURN, ORIGINS, THE MAGNIFICENT VOID and last year's quietly successful MIDNIGHT MOON.
|Journey of One|
The Tribal Ambient Era Live 1996
2011 Projekt PRO266 (CD)
Reviewed by Connexion Bizarre, Morpheus Music, Relaxed Machinery, Sonic Curiosity, Synth & Sequences
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.
|1. ||Journey of One, Pt. 1||MP3||47:32|| |
|2. ||Journey of One, Pt. 2||MP3||50:59|| |
|Kairos: The Meeting of Time and Destiny|
A Visual Music Odyssey
2006 Timeroom Visions (Video, CD)
Reviewed by Back On the Tracks, Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Guts of Darkness, Musique Machine, Ping Things, Sonic Curiosity
The KAIROS DVD is a dynamic flow of visual wonder worlds created by five master light, film, and digital artists in collaboration with Steve. Drawing from a spectrum of visual techniques -- luminous organic analog light forms, dramatic Earth cinematography, cell-like computer animation -- micro and macro worlds join in a mind-expanding symbiotic flow between sound and visuals. Creation of the visuals evolved alongside the music over several years.
|1. ||Soul's Time|| || |
|2. ||Core Regeneration|| || |
|3. ||Resonation Portal|| || |
|4. ||Etheric Planet|| || |
|5. ||Lifeforming|| || |
|6. ||Biogenesis|| || |
|7. ||Womb of Light|| || |
|8. ||The Great Return|| || |
Total run-time 74:46. Video clips on the Feature page.
|Live at SoundQuest Fest|
2011 Timeroom Editions (CD)
Reviewed by Hypnagogue, One Thousand Pulses
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. This evocative space, which premiered at the Fest, would soon evolve into the opening of IMMERSION FIVE - CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS.
|1. ||Momentum of Desire||MP3||28:36|| |
|2. ||Medicine of the Moment||MP3||12:06|| |
|3. ||Thunderwalkers||MP3||11:13|| |
|4. ||Morphic||MP3||5:37|| |
|5. ||Off Planet Passage||MP3||16:19|| |
1993 Fortuna 17081 (CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Muze
Steve's next solo after extensive touring in Europe and fruitful collaborations with Robert Rich and Suspended Memories. Primordial shamanic electronic music at its most powerful. Steve's didgeridoo playing is woven throughout. Jorge Reyes appears as guest, and the hybrid trance grooves find a new level of potency infused by surreal soundworlds dripping with primordial sweat. Incredible liner note story by Linda Kohanov helps to set the mood. Perfect music to shake the primordial cage door loose and run outside.
|1. ||Artifacts||MP3||11:43|| |
|2. ||Connected Underground||RealAudioMP3||11:13|| |
|3. ||Clay, Wood, Bone, Dirt||MP3||6:22|| |
|4. ||In the Eyes of the Spirit||MP3||7:56|| |
|5. ||The Face in the Fire||MP3||11:49|| |
|6. ||Dreaming Now, Then||MP3||18:58|| |
The Music of Connection
2013 Epona (CD)
This collection of pieces was refined over several years of movement magic between horses and humans. Created for the Eponaquest horse-faciliated workshop Rasa Dance by equine innovator and best-selling author Linda Kohanov, the music sets the tone for interactive sessions where horses and humans literally move and dance together, thus providing a supportive atmosphere for the experience of connection. This dynamic music set covers a powerful range of emotions and inspiration which perfectly mirrors the Rasa Dance workshop theme. The collection brings together an inspired set of thematic, rhythmic, and melodic pieces from Steve Roach's vast body of work.
Track 2 titled "Truth and Beauty"; Track 7 titled "Eye of Noche" (both previously-released).
1998 Timeroom Editions 1 (CD)
Reviewed by Exposé, Progressive World, The Raging Consciousness Desk
This is the first release in a Special Edition series that continues in the spirit of the infinite playback sound-world environments explored on THE DREAM CIRCLE and "To The Threshold of Silence" from WORLD'S EDGE. SLOW HEAT rises and falls, breathes in and exhales a constant flow of calming influence. Shaped over two summers of evaluation on Steve's patio playback system, the sounds of the warm desert nights were found to be in perfect tune to the sound-world playing back for hours on the speakers outdoors. These sounds were recorded by stretching 50 foot mic cables from the Timeroom out into the desert night, capturing a pure moment of natural magic to be included in the piece. Perhaps no other long-form piece from Steve has placed the listener in such an intimate and subtle expression of the sensual nature of the desert atmosphere.
Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana
2005 Projekt PRO177 (CD)
Reviewed by David Rush, amazon.com, Muze, Sonic Curiosity, Star's End, Wind and Wire
First released as a limited edition of 2000 in 1998, the 3-CD box set ASCENSION OF SHADOWS quickly sold out, and has remained a highly-desired prize for Roach and Obmana fans. In response to consistent requests, Projekt has initiated a reissue series which will present each disc as its own release, using John Cagian principles: the release dates are hinged upon when PRO177, PRO188 and PRO199 arrive on Projekt's release schedule.
|Spirit Dome - Live Archive|
Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana
2009 Projekt PRO225 (CD)
SPIRIT DOME returns with a perfect companion, LIVE ARCHIVE. Two out-of-print releases from this acclaimed ambient duo are brought together in this value-priced 2-CD release. Living proof of the power of live performance, these recordings are so immediate and engaging it would be easy to assume they were crafted over months in the studio. LIVE ARCHIVE, from their 1997 tour, serves as a natural complement to 2004's SPIRIT DOME, recorded live to stereo master in one take in a studio-like environment. LIVE ARCHIVE was originally released as a small run on the Groove label in Holland, and has been out of print for several years.
Steve Roach, Loren Nerell
2006 Projekt PRO233 (CD)
Reviewed by Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Tokafi
TERRAFORM is the first full collaborative album for longtime friends Steve Roach and Loren Nerell. The two composers met in LA in 1981, back in the early days of the electronic music scene. It was a time when like-minded musicians who understood the importance of emerging technology were coming together in local clubs and performance venues to share what they knew and learn from one another. After years of friendship and occasional musical collaboration the two decided to convene in a relaxed setting to see what they could distill from a blending of their collective talents and individual styles to accomplish common aims.
Unlimited edition in traditional jewel case.
The Desert Inbetween
|Box Set out of stock|
Steve Roach, Brian Parnham
2011 Projekt PRO253 (CD)
Reviewed by Richard Gürtler, AllMusic, Electroambient Space, Guts of Darkness, Hypnagogue, MusicTAP, Sonic Curiosity, Sonic Immersion, Synth & Sequences
Steve Roach's unique soundquests continue to take him and his listeners on powerful journeys to worlds at once alien and familiar. On THE DESERT INBETWEEN, Roach teams up with fellow synthesist/percussionist/didgeridoo player Brian Parnham to explore a hybrid electronic acoustic soundworld sure to please listeners of Suspended Memories and ORIGINS -era tribalism as well as THE SERPENT'S LAIR -styled electronics.
|1. ||Opening Sky||MP3||11:03|| |
|2. ||Ancestral Passage||MP3||9:19|| |
|3. ||Serpent Gulch||MP3||11:11|| |
|4. ||Somewhere Between||MP3||7:13|| |
|5. ||Spirit Passage||MP3||4:14|| |
|6. ||Return to the Underground||MP3||17:14|| |
|7. ||When the Raven Flies||MP3||6:31|| |
|The Road Eternal|
Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo
2011 Projekt PRO259 (CD)
Reviewed by Ambient Music Guide, Brutal Resonance, Hypnagogue, Musique Machine, New Age Retailer, One Thousand Pulses, Relaxed Machinery, seanwilliams.com, Sonic Immersion, Star's End, Synth & Sequences
Following their collaboration STREAM OF THOUGHT, Roach and Wollo 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.
|1. ||The Road Eternal||MP3||21:21|| |
|2. ||Depart at Sunrise||MP3||9:16|| |
|3. ||The Next Place||MP3||12:15|| |
|4. ||First Twilight||MP3||4:35|| |
|5. ||Travel By Moonlight||MP3||10:06|| |
|6. ||Night Strands||MP3||5:16|| |
|The Serpent's Lair|
Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf
2000 Projekt PRO107 (CD)
Reviewed by amazon.com, AmbientVisions, Interface, Muze, NAPRA Review, Sonic Curiosity, The Raging Consciousness Desk
Beginning as a collaboration between Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf, the music on THE SERPENT'S LAIR evolved over the past year into an epic 2-CD set, augmented with a myriad of guests. This release has it all: Steve's ultra-soundworlds, hybrid grooves and magical production, combined with Byron's acoustic-organic tribal trance patterns. Aligning with themes of shamanic initiation found throughout the world, the music is rooted in the organic... the earth... the ancestors... It is here that one is confronted with all the essential elements of danger and possibility.
|Disc 1: The Serpent's Lair|
|1. ||The Lair||MP3||12:14|| |
|2. ||Rite of Passage||MP3||14:09|| |
|3. ||Shedding the Skin||MP3||5:39|| |
|4. ||Big Medicine||MP3||12:53|| |
|5. ||Future Tribe||MP3||8:30|| |
|6. ||Birthright||MP3||5:59|| |
|7. ||Osmosis||MP3||4:04|| |
|8. ||Egg Chamber Dreaming||MP3||8:53|| |
|Disc 2: Offerings From the Underworld|
|1. ||Offering in Waves||MP3||10:55|| |
|2. ||Impending Sense of Calm||MP3||9:03|| |
|3. ||Cave Dwellers||MP3||23:08|| |
|4. ||Primal Passage||MP3||4:47|| |
|5. ||Serpent Clan||MP3||5:02|| |
|6. ||Beating Heart of the Dragon Mother||MP3||6:50|| |
|7. ||Ochua||MP3||9:26|| |
|The Shaman's Heart II: The Healing Journey|
Byron Metcalf (with Steve Roach)
2010 Projekt PRO268 (CD)
THE SHAMAN'S HEART II is an entrancing 70-minute shamanic journey of uninterrupted, evolving tribal-trance drumming and percussion that continuously builds in rhythmic complexity and dynamic intensity. Byron is joined by Steve Roach who provides the harmonic and textural psychotropic stew created from a rich, organic and analog blend. The alchemy with the percussion results in an ecstasy that helps hold the space for the listener to journey far and deep into powerful and sustained shamanic states of consciousness. The journey culminates in a bursting forth through the full spectrum portal of pure existence -- returning safely home to the heart-centered presence and potential of the true self.
|1. ||The Shaman's Heart II||MP3||71:10|| |
|Time of the Earth|
A Desert Dreamtime Journey
Steve Roach, Steve Lazur
2001 Projekt PRO123 (Video, CD)
Reviewed by Alternate Music Press, ArtByte, Audio Media, Barnes & Noble.com, Sonic Curiosity, spacemusic mailing list, StarVox, The Digital Bits
TIME OF THE EARTH offers a unique DVD immersion experience. Either as an engaging audio-visual odyssey or for the environmental enhancement of one's living space, this captivating film experience invites repeat viewings. Two completely different soundtracks complement the visual-ambient atmosphere.
13. second audio track; also released on VHS by Timeroom Editions without second audio track; track times shown are approximate.
|Truth & Beauty|
2010 Timeroom Editions / Projekt PRO241 (CD)
Reviewed by Exposé, Sequences, Synth Music Direct
TRUTH & BEAUTY is a perfect blend of Steve's rich atmospheric and tribal ambient infused work. Originally released in March 1999 on Steve's own Timeroom Editions label, this album is now co-released by Timeroom and Projekt, at a nice price. This will be the first time the album is available in retail stores.
A Timeroom Editions / Projekt joint re-release. 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 previously unreleased; 4, 5 with Suso Saiz.
|Vine ~ Bark & Spore|
Steve Roach, Jorge Reyes
2000 Timeroom Editions 5 (CD)
Reviewed by Gary Andrews, Jim Brenholts, Incursion, Sonic Curiosity, Star's End, The Raging Consciousness Desk
VINE ~ BARK & SPORE captures a pure, organic sound that is rich with a potent magical atmosphere. The remote and mysterious locations deep in Mexico's historic landscape, as well as the hallucinogenic terrain of the Sonoran desert in Southern Arizona, provide the ground where this music takes place. The musical elixir was created from a surreal blending of acoustic and electronic instruments, along with voice and location recordings. With strong shamanic undercurrents, it creates an opening to step through time and again. VINE ~ BARK & SPORE offers music as medicine for the soul. The music of Roach and Reyes acts as a transmitter of the attitudes that ancient cultures had towards music and the spiritual aspects of life, while merging with the currents of today.
Steve Roach, Thom Brennan, Kevin Braheny
1987 Fortuna 17051 (CD)
Reviewed by Muze, Q Magazine
This recording conjures up the desert vistas and the vast stark beauty of the American southwest through a collection of pieces that play like a soundtrack to a road trip through the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Joshua Tree, California. All of these locales were the inspiration for the musicians during the creation of the music. Another important step into the western electronic sound forged by Steve over the past dozen years. "Easily among the finest electronic albums of the last decade." -- 5 stars -- ("Q" magazine UK Feb. '91)
reissue, without Richard Burmer