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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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4.00 | 1 ratings
Now
1982
3.37 | 8 ratings
Structures From Silence
1984
3.25 | 4 ratings
Quiet Music 1
1986
3.38 | 12 ratings
Dreamtime Return
1988
3.00 | 4 ratings
World's Edge
1992
3.33 | 3 ratings
Origins
1993
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Dream Circle
1994
3.50 | 4 ratings
Artifacts
1994
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Magnificent Void
1996
4.95 | 2 ratings
Trance Spirits
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
Darkest Before Dawn
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
New Life Dreaming
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
Arc of Passion
2008
4.65 | 3 ratings
A Deeper Silence
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Soul Tones
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Back to Life
2012
4.00 | 3 ratings
GROOVE IMMERSION
2012
5.00 | 1 ratings
Spiral Meditations
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
FUTURE FLOWS
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Long Night (with Kelly David)
2014
4.29 | 8 ratings
The Delicate Forever
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Delicate Beyond
2014
3.91 | 5 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising
2014
3.95 | 3 ratings
The Ancestor Circle (with Jorge Reyes)
2014
3.95 | 2 ratings
Monuments of Ecstasy (with Byron Metcalf, Rob Thomas)
2015
3.00 | 3 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising - Night 3
2015
3.40 | 5 ratings
Invisible
2015

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

2.00 | 1 ratings
Stormwarning
1989
4.00 | 2 ratings
Landmass
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Roach - Live at Grace Cathedral (2010)
2010

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3.92 | 5 ratings
The Desert Collection - Volume One
2014
4.74 | 4 ratings
Structures From Silence (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition)
2014

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

4.00 | 1 ratings
Light Of Sundays
2013

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 Bloodmoon Rising by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.91 | 5 ratings

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Bloodmoon Rising
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

4 stars Old Steve certainly knows how to create and maintain an atmosphere. At a whopping 70 minutes this one track is trademark 'Roach'.

Layers of 'high decay' synths are placed on top of one another producing an elongated drone throughout 'Bloodmoon Rising'. As always, his choice of patches are excellent. It would be easy if left in the hands of other ambient artists to make this sound really cheesy and corny.

As it is, there's something quite majestic and other-worldly about this and many of his recent releases. It's beatless, of course, but has a wonderful sense of space. It can be listened to as the soundtrack to the outer Solar System 'Oort Cloud', or as an unbearably hot day in the Atacama desert in Chile.

There's something very organic sounding, despite it being wholly electronic. Perhaps it's because some of the chords are so elongated that they begin to sound like slowed down vocals.

Being one of my favourite sights in the sky, a full blood moon would appear to be something very startling and unsettling indeed if you didn't know the science behind it. This recording sums it up well... It's a calm, beautiful, eerie and somewhat malevolent spectacle that can only be witnessed when the moon is very low in the sky where the earths atmosphere is at its thickest from an observers point of view. It's basically the scattering of sunlight through the earths atmosphere, the same effect that causes sunsets to appear red.

A valid criticism may be that he's released an awful lot of similar albums where you'd be hard pressed to identify the album if you listened to it in random shuffle. But it's just too pretty to give anything less than 4 stars. I do like the direction he's taken during the past few years, dropping the percussion, ritualistic beats, occasional sequencers along with those awfully embarrassing New Age flutes he used to swear by. 'Bloodmoon Rising' will be an ageless recording - looked back on in decades to come where I can easily see it still being relevant and not just 'of it's time'

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 A Deeper Silence by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.65 | 3 ratings

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A Deeper Silence
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

4 stars Sounding like the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust 'A Deeper Silence' displays all the qualities of Steve Roache's ability. Bleakness and beauty. Just the one long 74 minute track makes up this floating drone album. Beat-less, and with only the sound of keyboards you'd imagine you'd be in for a turgid forgettable experience.

You'd be wrong. 'A Deeper Silence' is one of the best electronic drone albums you'll hear. It's simplistic in approach and in execution. It's the manner in which it's done that raises one eyebrow like Roger Moore in James bond. Slow minimalistic, hazy waves at low volume permeate in the vein that you wish Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream would have done if they hadn't gone so awful after the 70's.

'A Deeper Silence' resembles the sounds of the outer edges of the solar system - where you look back at earth and see it as a tiny pin prick of light. Carl Sagan would have loved this. No beats, no rhythms where everything rises and fades into a billowing fog of darkness. It's a warm ethereal blackness that is at once disconcerting but at the same time relaxing.

''A Deeper Silence' seems to have no beginning or end. It all just merges into one huge atonal but beautiful structure that is so completely dark and quiet that you begin hearing waves as though lying on a beach. It's probably the most 'isolationist' of his recordings and may sound like a one man trip to the Sirius system in a spacecraft to some listeners.

Music without meaning. Just pure texture and sound, without anything to grab onto. Perfect in its genre and very difficult to review.

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 The Delicate Forever by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.29 | 8 ratings

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The Delicate Forever
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

4 stars In a world of make believe this is the way 'Tangerine Dream' would have sounded in 2014 if they'd stuck to their Berlin Electronics school of music. This sounds like the logical outcome, forty years later.

'The Delicate Forever' is a slowly sweeping drone album full of slowly changing quiet keyboard chords. It's all very plaintive and melancholic and sounds like the kind of album you'd want to play at the top of a mountain in mid-summer. The title track has stark resemblances to 'Stars of the Lid' with their excellent release 'The Tired Sounds of...'

Subtle electronic sequences surprisingly come to the fore on 'The Well Spring' which, while not being uplifting, certainly pumps a bit of life into proceedings.

Steve Roach, as usual, has a particular sound and vibe all of his own - where despite the minimalist approach the listener will instantly recognise his trademark ethereal stamp. Considering the bloke's been recording for so long, it's great to see that he refuses to play by anyone else's rules and that he's still so single minded in execution and technique. There are no external influences at all.

There's a definite purity in his recordings which I find highly commendable in this day and age. I used to prefer the music of stable-mate 'Robert Rich' but of late Steve Roach has become more consistent in the quality of his releases.

'The Delicate Forever' has a feel, that if you took a hammer and chisel and tapped at it lightly, the whole thing would fall to pieces like shattered glass.

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 The Magnificent Void  by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.00 | 5 ratings

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The Magnificent Void
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

4 stars 'The Magnificent Void' is a deep brooding ambient recording with slowly evolving keyboard cords that occur at the speed of a tortoise injected with morphine. There's literally nothing else in terms of instrumentation that is used throughout this lengthy recording. It is however one of the best entries in his vast catalogue. The choice of keyboard patches are inspired and Roach wisely eschews the ambient sounds of his contemporaries in '96 for all that cheesiness that was prevalent then.

There's a huge cavernous atmosphere created throughout the 69 minute 'The Magnificent Void' that may remind first time listeners of the beginning of the 'Alien' film as the 'Nostromo' silently plunges through the deep abyss of space.

If it's a good sing-along or knees-up you want then avoid this at all costs. Unusually I find this more like mid-summer scorching hot music as drowsy bees full of nectar, helicopter around unsure of their surroundings.

There is one masterpiece on 'The Magnificent Void'. The wonderful 'Altus' at 20 minutes in length displays intense chord progression and a very sinister feel. Wave after wave unsettling cords slowly evolve into something evil and threatening.

Apparently Steve Roach has no recollection of recording this whatsoever because so many elements of each track were worked on over a number of years.

There's very little change in approach throughout, but that's no bad thing, as it truly envelops the listener which I'm sure was Steve Roach's intention all along. Some philistines may call this 'Suicide Watch' music, but for me it's an object of beauty and permanence. An album that I can't imagine being dated in 50 years time.

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 Bloodmoon Rising - Night 3 by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Bloodmoon Rising - Night 3
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

3 stars The third of a proposed four album cycle to commemorate the occasion of four consecutive blood moon lunar eclipses, `Bloodmoon Rising - Night 3' sees ambient/progressive electronic veteran Steve Roach deliver another challenging and slowly unfolding formless sound collage. Described by the artist himself as a `sound immersion experience', it's one single seventy three minute droning, deeply hypnotic composition that seamlessly moves from dark to light, completely devoid of anything resembling melodies or percussive elements.

Monolithic slab-like immovable walls of electronic sound dominate the pitch black groaning night, taking what feels like an eternity for light and life to gradually reveal itself. Pinpricks of sunlight sliver through the dark offering signs of hope and life, and slowly emerging trickles of wonder carefully cast out reassuring, loving fingertips of warmth and protection. Drowsy, dream-like and hallucinogenic drones force you to close your eyes and feel like time no longer holds any meaning, as ethereal psychedelic washes unfold like ripples breaking and shimmering across the surface of a lake.

This release is available as a free download from Mr Roach's Bandcamp page, but a limited edition proper four CD set is due at the same time of the final volume in September of 2015. Once complete, it promises to be a very unique, challenging and evocative body of work from the artist that will appeal most to lovers to long, lengthy droning atmospheres. Newcomers to the electronic and ambient genres, and those who prefer more melodic offerings in those styles, should approach this release with great caution. Although it eventually reveals great beauty and an uneasy warmth, there are long stretches that almost seem uneventful or devoid of movement and progression. But `Night 3' is still a darkly dramatic, mysterious and impossibly subtle work from a master of low-key, intelligent and thoughtful ambient and progressive electronic music.

Three stars for patient listeners.

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 Monuments of Ecstasy (with Byron Metcalf, Rob Thomas) by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.95 | 2 ratings

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Monuments of Ecstasy (with Byron Metcalf, Rob Thomas)
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars `Monuments of Ecstasy' features defining electronic artist Steve Roach collaborating with Byron Metcalf's booming live drums and Rob Thomas' didgeridoo and hand percussion to create a series of fluid, immersive and deeply hypnotic ambient atmospheres. While Roach's frequent tribal elements are not as instantly obvious as on his previous album, the dreamtime hallucinatory `The Ancestor Circle', they're always bubbling under in the background, yet the album takes several steps forwards from that sound as well. Considering so many of his recent discs have been more drifting and formless, Roach here favours plenty of cool sequencer patterns and programmed loops to bring a distinctly modern quality to the sound-worlds presented here, and all these elements come together as if the past and future are colliding and constantly weaving together.

Witness throughout opener `Archaic Layers' Metcalf's intimidating monolithic pounding tribal drums battering around Roach's rising and falling cooling synth washes and Thomas' reverberating didge drones. Only the most careful and near-unnoticeable variations in tempo sneak up on the listener and retreat back in the shadows here and there, subtle grooves turning frantic in an instant. Thrumming didge groans like the voice of God throughout `Monuments of Trance', hypnotic primal drums circling around the listener and wavering electronic hums stretching out as if a vast ocean. `Primal Analog' takes a different turn, with a creaking, almost dancey electronic sequencer loop gurgling away that's vaguely similar to the later more electronic-based Ozric Tentacles albums.

Ancient mystery and arriving destiny twist together in `Molecules of Momentum', live percussion eruptions and programmed beats racing alongside each-other. The fifteen minute title track blends natural ambient sound collages with spirited didgeridoo ripples, a haunting piano melody that plays into infinity, gentle sweeping synth waves, slinking Orb-like trance grooves and dramatic drum thunderclaps that sound like the heavens opening up. Album closer `This Place on Earth' soundtracks a brand new world being born, Steve's low key lulling shimmering synths almost taking on victorious and wondrous moments more in line with many of his other recent works.

Earthbound and alien, grounded and dreamlike all at the same time, the trio of Roach, Metcalf and Thomas achieve a perfect unity together throughout this collaboration, making `Monuments of Ecstasy' a precious ambient experience, and yet another intoxicating and evocative atmospheric musical statement from Steve Roach.

Four and a half stars.

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 The Ancestor Circle (with Jorge Reyes) by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.95 | 3 ratings

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The Ancestor Circle (with Jorge Reyes)
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars Defining ambient artist Steve Roach has a long history of tribal-infused atmospheric music throughout his thirty-plus year career, and one of his latest releases is another subdued and hypnotic mix of ancient and future sounds weaving together. The basic elements of this work were recorded back in 2000, with Roach unearthing the original tapes again in 2013. `The Ancestor Circle' is another joint effort with fellow ambient artist, the late Jorge Reyes, the pair having collaborated numerous times since the early Nineties right up until his passing in 2009. Tribal elements seamlessly blend with modern electronics here, sounding like a mix of both future and past. Don't expect much in the way of melodies or anything resembling obvious tunes - `The Ancestor Circle' presents a slowly unfolding selection of hypnotic instrumental soundscapes and immersive tribal drones, deeply atmospheric and meditative, with little welcome traces of darkness and edge emerging in a few moments as well.

With a huge inhaling gasp of air, `The Circle Opens' takes in all manner of heady potions and natural hallucinogens, a concoction of mellow synth washes weaving around deep-throated groans. A trickling loop peppers the background, sighing synths float like a gentle stream and spectral voices spiral into infinity. Darker elements try to take control throughout `Espacio Escultorico', a constantly building tribal drum-beat pounding behind quivering wordless vocal cries, abstract sheets of electric guitar feedback and forceful electronic walls of synths trying to consume and dominate. There's a breathless, almost maddening and intimidating quality here, as if you're hearing bad spirits barely being kept at bay by positive forces. Low-key electronics slink alongside reflective flute throughout `Spirit, Stone and Bone', ancient past and promising future collide with subtle hypnotic grooves and gentle psychedelic strangeness on `Procession of Ancestors', and the electronic strums filled with purpose on closer `Temple of Dust' effortlessly turn reassuring and freed, like a lost spirit joyous in finally earning peace.

But it's the ambitious `Memories Unsuspended' that leaves the biggest impression. A twenty-four minute extended composition, it's a hugely confronting and emotionally exhausting mix of unceasing heartbeat-like cold machine robotic loops duelling with fragmented vocal reverberations. It's as if the cold, busy, hedonistic and Godless modern world is trying to dominate and violently attack the spiritual ways of old. Bombarded with temptation and selfishness, those machine hisses move up and down in tempo to raise the pulse, sometimes transforming into slinking grooves around restrained cinematic-like swells and ethereal wisps of guitar strains. It's a haunting, deeply moving piece, and the brief darker strains of the final few minutes remind that those temptations and negative elements are always there, but you have the ability and self-belief to defeat them on every occasion.

Only time will tell if further unfinished or unreleased collaborations between Roach and Reyes will emerge, but if this turns out to be the last of their work together, then the late artist would be very proud of the finished results. There are occasional accusations that some of Roach's albums show repetition or have a similar sound, but it's best to simply approach each individual release and view it on its own merits. Each album released by the artist has its own unique identity, and it's up to fans and listeners to discover which ones mean the most to them. But in this case, `The Ancestor Circle' achieves a frequently perfect unity of tribal elements and subtle electronics, and for his final release of 2014, Mr Roach still maintains his incredible and consistent recent streak of superb ambient releases, so once again just let his music wash over and completely envelop you.

Four stars.

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 Invisible by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.40 | 5 ratings

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Invisible
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
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4 stars The creative streak goes on!

Well, Steve Roach's quest for musical perfection steps forward with this astounding New Year's surprise. "Invisible", 2015, is a single 58 minute composition, which takes on where the "Delicate Forever" 2014, left, but also brings on a more obscure direction.

This hypnotic, low keyed but enormously rich in electronically generated, minimal instrumentation and ideas work, is certainly suitable for meditation rather than euphoria, but it is game if used accordingly. The expansive and very-deep (for real), ever changing atmospheres, are focused and still quiet experimental in their borderless expansions. To say the least, Steve Roach's experimentations at this point of his musical career, could be any other musician's dream to achieve single musical idiom. That is how rich Steve Roach's personal efforts have grown in in his self-aquired musical universe.

A sophisticated progressive electronic/acoustic musical drone-like nocturnal thread which opposite to its title, is more than once quiet visible and even disturbing and nightmarish, but perfectly balanced with shades of contrasts by the use of different atmospheric constructions, I insist, which enriches each of the moving and transforming passages, contained in this single voyage.

So AMBIENT as such it is not. Let's say it is a subtle encounter with all of Steve Roach's darker discoveries put up in a single place, where you can dwell freely, but where it is impossible to escape the inhospitable but inviting and mysterious cosmic landscapes, (And to be honest you would not exactly will like to escape, rather the opposite).

Expect Steve Roach's DARKER compositional skills at its finest and a pre-view of what this musician has yet to offer.

****4.5 "Genius at work, do not disturb" PA stars.

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Invisible
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

3 stars 2015 saw an early gift in the form of a new Steve Roach album `Invisible', released on January 1st. With the momentum of the previous year still maintaining for the ambient artist, he spent the last few cold and rainy days of 2014 creating a new long-form piece, and as expected, it's a consistent and immersive experience, from an artist known for thoughtful and subtle unwinding compositions. While a drone piece at heart, it also includes little restrained elements of tribal music, plenty of dark ambient movements and some very unexpected (yet welcome!) deep bass grooves lurking in a few spots as well.

Comprised on one single track running just over 58 minutes, `Invisible' is quite a dark and brooding work. Gloomy synths groan away like an approaching building storm, little electronic glistenings trying to pierce through. They throb and reverberate with life and movement, as a pattering of low-key tribal beats gently rise up from the earth, and soothing electronic wisps slowly extend fingertips out to glide between a metallic sheen mixed with earthly barren desert. Machine-like oscillations grow in power over desolate winds, hallucinatory shimmerings dance before our eyes, bending distorted guitar ruminations twist and spiral over emerging deep bass liquid percussive loops that pour all around. Bubbling grooves fall like rain over the land, and waking signs of new life snake across the surface, carried forth by uplifting and hopeful synth strains weaving a final protective spell.

Available exclusively as a free Bandcamp download at this point, Mr Roach also promises a long list of new releases to follow this one throughout 2015, some brand new, others that have been in production for some years. `Invisible' is not the easiest of ambient releases to appreciate, and those not used to (or not fans of) subtle drone-type music should approach this one with caution. It may not do a lot that the artist hasn't offered before, and some early stretches of the piece are a little uneventful, but for listeners who appreciate this particular sub-genre of electronic/ambient music, that have the patience to listen quietly, this is a very worthwhile release, and incredibly good value considering it's current price.

Three stars. This captivating, initially confronting piece is ideal late night contemplative listening.

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Invisible
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by floflo79

3 stars Steve Roach is one of the most important figures of the modern electronic music. Invisible is an album that he made just before the new year, and he published it the 1st January. The first time that I listened to Invisible, I thought it was boring, because the album only contains one track of 58 minutes who doesn't have melodies. So the second time that I listened to it, I wanted to relax me. And I saw that the music was in fact pretty good and the ambience was very well done. Steve Roach have talent for sure, but ambient (even if i like the ambient albums of Brian Eno) is not my cup of tea, but I have to recognize that Invisible is good.

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