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Progressive Electronic • United Kingdom


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Leader and pioneering figure of the L.A Sacred space music movement. Steve Roach made a name in the 1980 with the release of outstanding lysergic-binaural musical experiences dominated by synth analog chords, sustained by magnificent spiritual-epiphanic cosmic grooves. His music sometimes reveals an ethno-ritual and acoustic instrumentation and tranced-out rhythms. Structures from Silence (Fortuna, 1984), Dreamtime Return (Fortuna, 1988) are considered to be his finest. He released a handful of collaborative works with many notorious artists such as Michael Stearns, Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana...). Steve Roach's music is a strong inspiration on a new generation of musicians and bands such as Oophoi, Matthias Grassow, Alio Die, Jeff Pearce (...)

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Delicate ForeverDelicate Forever
Projekt Records 2014
Audio CD$10.80
$10.49 (used)
Structures from SilenceStructures from Silence
Remastered
Projekt Records 2001
Audio CD$9.87
$8.75 (used)
Structures From Silence (30th anniversary 3-CD Remastered edition)Structures From Silence (30th anniversary 3-CD Remastered edition)
Remastered
Projekt Records 2014
Audio CD$14.10
$20.91 (used)
Stream of ThoughtStream of Thought
Projekt Records 2009
Audio CD$8.98
$7.49 (used)
Magnificent VoidMagnificent Void
Hearts of Space 1996
Audio CD$10.23
$5.68 (used)
Streams & CurrentsStreams & Currents
Projekt Records 2002
Audio CD$9.89
$4.09 (used)
Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces 2Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces 2
Projekt Records 2010
Audio CD$12.93
$15.00 (used)
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Now
1982
3.40 | 6 ratings
Structures From Silence
1984
2.67 | 3 ratings
Quiet Music 1
1986
3.39 | 9 ratings
Dreamtime Return
1988
3.00 | 3 ratings
World's Edge
1992
3.00 | 1 ratings
Origins
1993
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Dream Circle
1994
3.00 | 2 ratings
Artifacts
1994
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Magnificent Void
1996
4.91 | 2 ratings
Trance Spirits
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
Darkest Before Dawn
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
New Life Dreaming
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Arc of Passion
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
A Deeper Silence
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Tones
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Back to Life
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
GROOVE IMMERSION
2012
5.00 | 1 ratings
Spiral Meditations
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
FUTURE FLOWS
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Long Night (with Kelly David)
2014
3.58 | 14 ratings
The Delicate Forever
2014
3.68 | 9 ratings
The Delicate Beyond
2014

STEVE ROACH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Stormwarning
1989
4.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Roach - Live at Grace Cathedral (2010)
2010

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3.87 | 4 ratings
The Desert Collection - Volume One
2014

STEVE ROACH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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 Now by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Now
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
4 stars Steve Roach's first catalogue of possible electronic routes.

Steve Roach's 1982 release, "NOW", encompasses a wide variety of "electronic" stylings. Never falling for the 80's synth-vogue and clearly stepping away, also, from TD's "spacy" sounds, but still close to those Berlin School's electronic music asthetiques.

One can easily detect the more comfortable and close to his pioneering then, "Ambient" music passion and nature. Those are the songs that foretell where he will eventually be heading, but in this, his first release, it is all still cooking and it smells good!

5 pieces, 5 different possible progressive/electronic environments. The "cosmic" sequenced one, the out of this world "tribal" song, the dynamic minimalistic one, the all "ambient" and the TD like song, not in that order, I am just recapitulating.

Of all the possible music routes Steve Roach will eventually lead, his clear thought and bright music songwriting "muse", apparently was there from the start.

****4 "Promising since day one!" PA stars.

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 Spiral Meditations by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Spiral Meditations
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
5 stars The Berlin School of Electronic Music brought to the 21st Century!

Released at the end of 2013, "Spiral Meditations", foretells Steve Roach's return to "pure electronics". Yes, the famous Berlin School's late bloomer, proves to have surpassed its masters!! 32 years away from his first 1982 album/cassette "NOW" . He has gone through a metamorphical transition that lead its way again to his first pure-electronic projects. From those ashes he rises again to show the world that the Berlin School is no school for thieves!

Completely refined "spiraling electronics", thus the name of the album, that conjure an up front, no bull#)(&, honest songwriting to become an impressive array of perfectly woven "cosmic" masterpieces. Minimalistic yet rich, ambiental yet colorful, dynamic to the top and subtle as if invisible, yet inevitably up-front hypnotic! FLAWLESS!

Steve Roach at his best pure-electronic effort. And a privilege to testify!

*****5 "a masterpiece", PA stars.

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 The Delicate Beyond by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.68 | 9 ratings

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The Delicate Beyond
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Recently available in a limited edition run of 500 copies (no idea if any are left at this point), electronic artist Steve Roach's `The Delicate Beyond' is a companion work to his recently released album `The Delicate Forever', and it contains only one single 74 minute track. The sole piece, `The Delicate Forever', split into two sections here, appeared in a 24 minute edited form on that full album, and with it's very subtle and repetitive arrangement, it was one of the more difficult pieces on the disc, and it's even more challenging in it's extended form here. Lovers of drone music will respond best to it, but those unfamilair with this style of electronic music should tread carefully.

Despite the longer length, it almost feels like there's a quicker pace moving throughout the full `Delicate Forever' here. Devoid of percussive elements or light beats for it's entirety, a blissful humming synth fades in and out for an eternity, rolling over and around the listener as if the breath of life itself, moving just the smallest step closer with each careful approach. A welcoming opening, much warmer and more inviting that the edited version, it brings serenity and a lulling comfort as it drifts along. Some of the synth washes have a cooing, soothing tone, other times they almost take on a lonely wounded gentle howl. Electronic raindrop-like glistenings playfully ripple in the background as if stars in the sky, and once the drones begin sustaining in the second half, the synths start lapping around the listener to leave them floating softly. All the electronics perfectly work in unison, never in conflict, all wrapping around each-other and unwinding in multiple directions. A chirping synth loop finally emerges, bringing a lightly psychedelic and disorientating sweeping dreaminess before a come-down reprise to end on. This very minimal and subtle ambient soundscape is captivating, bringing reassuring carresses and will lift the listener adrift in the air with a soaring siren-like quality.

Perfectly satisfying as it's own album, yet also complimenting `The Delicate Forever' disc beautifully as well, this is an evocative, spiritual and thoughtful extended ambient piece. Even though there's long repeated sections with seemingly little change or variation, to find it repetitive and uneventful would be missing the point altogether. Just allow yourself to be taken over by the atmosphere and the mood, and discover the patience to quietly listen and contemplate this long hypnotic journey. It's always slowly unwinding and constantly evolving, with a fragile yet inviting meditative beauty, and it's yet another example of sublime work from a pioneering electronic/new-age/ambient musician.

Four stars for electronic drone lovers, others approach with caution!

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 The Delicate Forever by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.58 | 14 ratings

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The Delicate Forever
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars The result of over forty years of working in the new-age, ambient and drone styles of electronic music, Steve Roach's July 2014 release `The Delicate Forever' is further proof of a genre artist at the top of his game still constantly evolving and perfecting his craft. Comprised of five lengthy pieces and running almost 75 minutes, composed mostly on warmer analogue synths, it's full of restrained and gentle electronic meditations, languid darker atmospherics and a fragile unhurried lonely beauty. Perfectly balancing subtle and dynamic textures, there's also a surprisingly hallucinogenic quality throughout much of it as well.

The opening title track, truly the soundtrack for the chilly early A.M hours, is edited from a 74 minute longform electronic drone that was released as a limited edition CD recently entitled `The Delicate Beyond', worked into a more digestible and compact form here - still running almost 25 minutes though! Newcomers to the genre may find this challenging opener repetitive and uneventful, but more seasoned electronic listeners will have the patience to quietly listen and contemplate this long hypnotic arrangement. Like the entire disc, this very minimal and subtle work is devoid of percussive elements or light beats altogether, and it flows over and around the listener as if one long exhaling breath, bringing serenity and a still comfort. A humming synth hum fades in and out into eternity, coming and going as if calling through the night. Each arrival brings it closer, offering reassurance, with playful electronic ripples weaving around it to bring a sense of new life.

The electronic washes now sustain during the more umtempo and energetic `The Well Spring', swirling around the background with a strident synth loop front and centre like crystalline tendrils bringing confidence and a sunnier warmth. It slowly takes on a lightly psychedelic soothing tone, reaching moments of almost delirious joy by the end. Haunting and disorientating electronic shambles spiral around `Where The Mysteries Sleep', bringing both confusion and wonderment with it's lethargic, dreamy drowsiness. The slightly imposing synths of fluid sound collage `Perfect Sky' take on a almost regal cascading church organ-like quality, as if you're lying on the surface of a grand ice crystal cathedral watching the sun rise and stream through the stain-glass windows above, where time and reality holds no meaning and mere minutes seemingly blur into forever. Gloomy ominous synths groan away during album closer `Hear-After', with only slight reassuring accepting tones to offer comfort from the loneliness.

An artist responsible for dozens of albums as both a solo artist and in collaboration with others, Steve Roach is equally at home with melodic, easier listening music and more experimental, less immediate works like this one. The five compositions here need to be endlessly listened to over and over to gain the most satisfying results, and it is a masterwork of contemplative, unsettling yet ultimately rewarding electronic music. `The Delicate Forever' is a challenging, thought-provoking and occasionally bewildering achievement from one of the masters of the new-age and ambient genres, and it's one of the best electronic releases of 2014.

Four stars.

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 The Desert Collection - Volume One by ROACH, STEVE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
3.87 | 4 ratings

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The Desert Collection - Volume One
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Steve Roach is a prominent musician of note working in the new-age, ambient and drone styles of electronic music, composing literally dozens of albums as both a solo artist and collaborations with others. With almost forty years of perfecting and constantly evolving his craft, this instrumental compilation, entitled `The Desert Sessions - Volume One', is a superb collection drawn from four of his solo works, and the eight pieces on offer here create a sustained and seamless ambient flow. Gently soothing, hypnotic and endlessly melodic, the disc is a perfect way to relieve tensions, slowly unwind from the busyness of everyday life while still offering fascinating light progressive- electronic soundscapes for fans of the genre.

Drowsy harmonica gently pierces through low-key veil-like synths in `Ghost Train', completely devoid of any percussive elements, the piece shambling along in a lethargic intoxicating manner. `Flatlands' is the soundtrack to your trek across great unending plains of scorched earth, wandering gentle tribal beats filled with subtle purpose urging you onwards over soothing washes of electronics. There's a placid never-ending twinkling electronic loop weaving throughout all of `The Breathing Stone' that reveals the world around you teeming with life. The near 18 minute `The Eternal Expanse' is as grand and epic as it's title. Synth washes lap gently at your senses, as one layer falls away, another rises to take it's place over and over, dying and being reborn into eternity. They ready your mind for the inner journey to come, quickly exploding it with potential, just the smallest traces of unease threatening to overwhelm and consume.

The curiously titled `The Ribbon Rails of Promise', another longer piece at 15 minutes, picks up the pace, a little up-tempo skittering beat patters the background with joyous and comforting tones, chiming synth shimmers and dusty harmonica darting forwards and retreating instantly. It fills the listener with a stirring hope, of discovering a way forwards through troubles and stress. `Specter' brings a little darkness, a haunting drone of slowly ebbing synths groaning with crushing isolation and loneliness, a gradual maddening beat building the tension. The synths on another drone, `New Moon as Forbidden Mesa', bring an almost spectral choral quality, their lulling ethereal cries enveloping, mysterious, but never truly suffocating or menacing. `The Slow Turning' brings light back to close the disc, a serene glistening uplifting spiritual quality that offers comforting blissful serenity.

Compiled from his works `Dust to Dust', `Desert Solitaire', `Western Spaces' and `The Ambient Expanse', Mr Roach has successfully chosen a fitting selection of pieces that maintain an evocative mood in line with the title of the disc, always full of direction and variety yet frequently open-ended and unhurried. It would make for an ideal introduction to newcomers of the electronic, ambient and new age genres, as well as being easily enjoyed by established followers who can appreciate less demanding yet intelligently written and tasteful compositions. Highly recommended, and hopefully we see more volumes in the future!

Four stars.

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 Structures From Silence  by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.40 | 6 ratings

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Structures From Silence
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by siLLy puPPy
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3 stars It's ok. I'm not thrilled by this but it's a pleasant enough listen. I've just heard much better progressive electronic that really gets me into it. This is a little tame and repetitive like yoga or massage music or something. If that's what you're looking for then you will like this a lot. For me, I prefer just a little more oompf even in my ambient music. Some of my favorite ambient music exists in not only artists like Tangerine Dream but also on the 5 disc series "From Here To Tranquility." There is more going on than just repetitive ambient structures. I don't remember which, but I have heard better even from Steve Roach himself.

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 FUTURE FLOWS by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 1 ratings

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FUTURE FLOWS
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
4 stars Steve Roach, as I have mentioned somewhere in PA, came to a level of development, in his self-constructed language, that makes it almost impossible to rate him beyond his own discography. Maybe his very early works still had this "characteristic". "FUTURE FLOWS" a 2013 release, makes it easier (or friendlier if you wish) for "newcomers", at least as to the timing of the songs go, which are short, in comparisson to his hour+ long efforts. Additionally, the songs are rich in character, and independent of each other. Dynamic SLOW paced music, which now I know, is not for every Prog audiophile, less those who crave for espectacular pirouettes and tons of spotlights.

It will be hard to focus otherwise, but to the Progressive/Electronic crowd, that understands the wide spectrum this sub-genre offers and has gone through since its inclusion in PA. Roach's music has always had the focus on the "aural" experience, humans go through when music as a whole becomes an integral part of their daily human "environments". Opposed to creating something that you will treasure and "experience" 5 times in your whole life. He has worked on this "ambiental" expressions, as far as I remember.

A self impossed quest, far beyond the "mainstream" markets and audiences, that has brought its best after years of work and experience. This instrumental "Future Flows" does not hide any of his findings, in fact it could turn out to be one of his most "universal" works even beyond the "realms" of Prog".

So...if you follow this sub-genre, or even better, if you listen to music in general just for "knowledge", this work is a ****4.5 PA stars kind of project.

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 A Deeper Silence by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2008
5.00 | 1 ratings

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A Deeper Silence
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
5 stars At somepoint, in his extensive music road of composition and performance, Steve Roach, arriveth to his own musical perfection. At somepoint, because he has recorded a quiet vast discography (most of them are still missing in his PA page), but there are a lot. Anyway, after this point, everything he composes, records and produces, has very high, "self-imposed" standards of quality and diversity (in his own spectrum, of course!).

At some point in his personal quest, Steve Roach found his own musical language. In this "A Deeper Silence" project, he goes even further, as the title suggests and as he "delivers".

As a listening experience, I, who rarely talk about the "Art-presentation" or cover, could really compare this music to its image. A deep "environmental", un-commonly rich and perfect composition, that emerges, in a "drone-like" procession of invisible, yet perceptible myriad of "silences" and "dark colors". Really, you have to be there to understand!

5***** Masterful ,"SLOW MUSIC" project., with its own identity, both in concept and musical achievement

........ Deep very Deep!!

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 Trance Spirits by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.91 | 2 ratings

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Trance Spirits
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

5 stars Being that there is no Progressive/Ambient category,Steve Roach co-exists obscurely in the Electronic tagging. Some others are also in this "limbo", not exactly being "electronic" or a bit worse, when they as Steve Roach (or Alio Die, by the way), aim for the electronics serving the acoustics, blend of music expression. Of course there are electronics here & there, but which music nowadays is not electronically recorded or engineered? Anyway, the attractive part of this work, is precisely the clash of both worlds. What needs to be electrified goes, as what not. This trance-like battle is subdued brilliantly, by the great balance, musically speaking, of the musicians involved in this "Projekt ", and by the astounding drumming performances of both Jeffrey Fayman and Momodou Kah, both playing on real african drums, not electronically processed, alongside both Steve Roach (Guitar & Synth Soundworlds) and Robert Fripp's (Soundscapes on 3 tracks) providing the atmospheres as backgrounds and fronts of the whole experience. So, to make it clear, this is closer to trance-like african music than electronic -prog, as such. What makes it a 5 star effort, for me, is the way they manage to escape all the cliches usually involved in this kind of works, to make the whole experience, be something different in taste and intention, to pure african drumming (which of course is great itself). Of course, Steve Roach has been thriving all through his career, to blend both primitive and modern music worlds, to survive, in one or as one. So he, by the time this record appeared (2002), had already walked through this kind of road, he knows perfectly this field of action. Jeffrey Faymans, biggest contribution resides (apart of his great performance of course), in the never ceasing intensity felt through the whole record. Mr. Fripp brings along some dark and mysterious "Soundcapes" that act as the night does for the day. So, for those familiar with the very, very vast, Steve Roach discography, this effort is one of his best (with other musicians) efforts. For those who are not familiar with thismusician, consider this to be one of his most accomplished, "opposites worlds" work. When there is balance and sweat, you will PROBABLY achieve what you aim for. This record does. One of a kind, 5 ***** PA Stars!

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 Dreamtime Return  by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.39 | 9 ratings

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Dreamtime Return
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

3 stars Just pretend you didn't see that awful front sleeve and believe me when I say that this is actually a good album, There's so much space involved in 'Dreamtime Return' that you could drive a double decker bus through each chord. Steve Roach does waves... waves of chords played very slowly. Imagine Harold Budd playing slowed down electronics on massive delay and you'll get the idea.

Criticisms of 'New Age' have been flung left right and centre at poor old Steve, but he just bounces back time and time again, sometimes three times a year. His beatless albums are superb, some of which are the darkest ambiance you'll hear. 'Dreamtime Return' is a pretty much deep ambiance with a few rainsticks thrown in during the first 20 mins. Thereafter it's mainly soft but engagingly drawn out keyboard chords for the duration. Forget about your regular western 'chorus verse structure' and you'll start to get it.

If you're looking for comparisons then 'Stars of the Lid', 'Robert Rich' and 'Brian Eno' spring to mind. Beatless, with no guitar, bass or drums - this makes for a very laid back experience,

All of Steve Roach's albums are very consistent, without a duffer in sight. Unlike any other artist I've reviewed, every album in his gargantuan discography gets a solid three stars - never above, never below... You can't go wrong with any of them, particularly the deep black hole in space drones from the mid '90's.

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