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20th Anniversary Remastered Legacy Edition
2018 Timeroom Editions (Poster, CD)
Reviewed by Musique Machine
SLOW HEAT was the premier release on Steve Roach's personal Timeroom Editions label, which has now grown to 45 releases. This 1998 long-form zone represents an early example of Steve's infinite playback soundworld environments explored on THE DREAM CIRCLE and since developed into a substantial area in his vast body of work.
SLOW HEAT breathes in and exhales a constant flow of calming influence and serenity directly extracted from Steve's desert habitat. Shaped over two summers of evaluation on his playback system wired to the outside patio, the natural environment of the simmering Sonoran nights were found to be in perfect harmony with the SLOW HEAT atmosphere. By running microphones fifty feet from the Timeroom out into the desert night, a pure moment of natural magic was captured and woven into SLOW HEAT. Perhaps no other of Steve's long-form pieces has placed the listener in such an intimate and subtle expression of the sensual, expansive nature of the desert atmosphere.
This 2018 remaster by Howard Givens fine-tunes this piece to a new level by utilizing the advancements of audio mastering technology revealing the deeper, spacial qualities at a sublime level.
Limited-edition, 500 copies. Poster measures 17" x 11"; please order posters separately (with nothing else in your cart) to ensure accurate shipping charges.
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.