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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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Road EternalRoad Eternal
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Dynamic StillnessDynamic Stillness
Projekt Records 2009
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Magnificent VoidMagnificent Void
Hearts of Space 1996
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Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (part 1)Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (part 1)
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Projekt Records 2003
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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
3.00 | 2 ratings
Origins
1993
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Dream Circle
1994
3.50 | 4 ratings
Artifacts
1994
4.00 | 4 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
4.95 | 2 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
4.36 | 7 ratings
The Delicate Forever
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Delicate Beyond
2014
3.91 | 3 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising
2014
3.95 | 3 ratings
The Ancestor Circle (with Jorge Reyes)
2014
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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 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
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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

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

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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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 Landmass by ROACH, STEVE album cover Live, 2008
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Landmass
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars A pioneering 80's electronic artist of subtle depth and great variety, Steve Roach has released a steady stream of albums in various ambient styles for almost forty years now. Recorded live in April 2007 on the Star's End radio station in the WXPN Studios in Philadelphia, 2008's `Landmass' encompasses many facets of his instantly recognizable sounds and signature electronic styles, moving through a wide range of emotions and moods. The music is a continuous, constantly evolving sonic landscape, where the past and future come together, nature and the Earth weaving with futuristic electronics, and it makes for a hypnotic and immersive experience, a near 70 minute journey through an ever- changing ambient expanse.

Starting gently, carefully progressing synth washes trickle like a calm running stream, water moving all around you, feeling the cool lap at your fingertips. Crystalline loops glisten away, moving in unison with the faintest of bass beats gently murmuring along the background to lull you into a state of serenity. Clouds form overhead with the arrival of droning almost cinematic synths, taking on a panning overhead presence throughout `Cerulean Blue Sky...'. Unobtrusive loops beat like a secret dance, taking on a near manic quality yet never becoming overwhelming. Sudden sweeping dramatic surges strike and retreat like black shadowy tendrils snaking across the earth, until a soothing electronic pool washes them away over chirping sounds of nature, returning a sense of peace. Beats vanish as near silence takes you from all your stress, fear and unhappiness throughout `Monuments of Memory', as placid waves unwind forwards offer comforting reassurance, and a sense of being reborn in body and mind.

Groaning formless pitch-black drones threaten to shatter that sense of tranquillity during `Alluvial Plain', a sensation of suffocating unease permeating all around. It's like being locked in a cave with only the tiniest pinprick of light to offer hope, that one glimmer like a little teasing betrayal as it's consumed by the dark. `Trancemigration' quickly rolls away the stone to flood the shadows with salvation light, unfurling synths revealing a new world full of promise. Lively beats return and thrum with life, pattering like trickling little raindrops. The album closes on `Stars Begin', the most abstract and minimalist piece here, much more of a sound collage where long stretches of near-silence are still full of purpose. It's like hearing the dawn of creation, where the tiniest moments are ready to explode with potential.

It pays to listen to this album with headphones to ensure you hear all the subtle pulses, tiny percussive beats and careful consideration Mr Roach has woven throughout the music. Those who find some forms of electronic music too uneventful may respond to this one more favourably, as there's plenty of movement, diversity and greater use of sequencer elements, something the artist moved away from as his work developed and matured long ago. Steve Roach is the master of these sort of releases, and listeners who want an electronic/ambient release that is immersive and highly emotional with plenty of variety should investigate `Landmass' right away.

Four stars.

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 Bloodmoon Rising by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.91 | 3 ratings

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Bloodmoon Rising
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars If you were not there!

On with his seemingly endless creative energy that has possessed Steve Roach this year, he goes back in time, "music composition wise" and renders a moving and astounding listening depiction to this astronomical event, which we know as "Blood Mooon".

Having had happened two nights ago, Steve Roach recorded and released almost simultaneously this project in able to be kept in the recent events collective memory.

Here are Steve Roach's written words about this release:

"This piece was created in these last few days leading up to the Blood Moon night of October 8th. So much of my work is born from the deep end of the night immersion. Staying aware of the moons many phases, from full to new has always been a part of my creative undercurrent so the opportunity to acknowledge this moment in time made this piece flow forth with out a question. Tuning into this Blood Moon feeling mixed with that sense of the seasons change in the air right now is inside this piece for me, and now I quietly offer it up to the moon and to you in this more spontaneous way only through Bandcamp. All my best Steve .- Evening of Oct 7."

A memorable, slow paced, ritual like depiction of this Moon´s uprising and fall. As close as being there could be, and a hypnotic listening experience, which scope is as "red" & "deep" as the art cover that portrays it. Slow paced electronic/acoustic music to delight on, again and again.

****4 "yes, another!" PA stars, project.

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 Structures From Silence (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition) by ROACH, STEVE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.74 | 4 ratings

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Structures From Silence (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition)
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

5 stars Originally released back in 1984, `Structures From Silence' by electronic/new age/ambient composer Steve Roach has proven to be an influential and landmark work in the ambient and progressive electronic genres. Completely devoid of any percussive elements or light beats, this immersive, contemplative synth work has a unique identity and atmosphere all its own, a truly timeless work that is just as moving and meditative thirty years on as it was upon its initial release. It carefully avoids the outright coldness that is found in many electronic releases, especially those from the same decade, instead being gentle, undemanding and even softly romantic without ever becoming inane muzak or ever being too light and airy.

It's hard to describe the subtle and slowly unwinding 17 minute opener `Reflections in Suspension'. After a slow and careful fade in, synth loops chirp, twinkle and dazzle as if stars in the sky appearing for the first time as the evening glow vanishes. Softly victorious and gently comforting, the slightest layers of different keyboards wash around the listener, seamlessly weaving around each-other to create an intoxicating and gently hypnotic atmosphere. Sometimes it's protective, maybe even playful with little moments of briefly dramatic build, but it's always full of love and a joy for life.

`Quiet Friend' couldn't be more appropriately named, as that is what the piece may become to you. The synths take on a quivering quality as if hovering in the air around you, rising and falling washes bringing a drifting fragility. It's reflective, thoughtful, yet confident, and tiny synth ripples that emerge in the second half bring the slightest traces of a lightly confronting melancholy and beautiful sadness.

The 28 minute title track is a long unhurried and subtle drone, and probably the heaviest of the three works here. Often utilizing deeper tones than the previous pieces with only slight variations to the main themes throughout, lilting synth tones lift right and left around the speakers, intertwining in the middle in serene unity, growing in strength as the piece progress, endlessly flowing and cascading over you.

`Structures From Silence' has recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, and the album can now be purchased again in this deluxe remastered 3 CD set that adds an additional two discs of lengthy droning compositions from Mr Roach in the same manner that serve as fine albums in their own right. Newcomers to the progressive electronic/ambient genres may find this one a little uneventful and monotonous, but patient listeners or established fans of this type of music will likely find it completely enveloping. Unhurried and ever-unfolding, this defining work creates an intoxicating, serene atmosphere and is a benchmark in ambient music.

Five stars.

Note - Listeners who enjoy this work should be sure to look into a recently released tribute album `Quiet Friends: A 30th Anniversary Tribute to Steve Roach's `Structures From Silence' from the Free Floating netlabel. With 15 instrumental tracks by superb ambient artists such as Altus, Phillip Wilkerson, Jack Hertz, Scott Lawlor and many others in the same style, it's a free download and well-worth looking into on the label Bandcamp page.

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 The Delicate Beyond by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 3 ratings

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The Delicate Beyond
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars To kill two birds with one stone!

Master multi-instrumentalist and electro/acoustic composer, Steve Roach has been lately on a highly fortuitous and prolific creative streak. From his 2012's "Back to Life", "Groove Immersion" and "Soul Tones" among 7 other albums in the same year, going through his 2013's "Rasa Dance", "Future Flows" and masterpiece "Spiral Meditations", also among 4 "live" releases that same year, comes 2014 with the extraordinary "The Delicate Forever" which spinned off this "The Delicate Beyond", also among 4 other 2014 releases, up to now.

This "The Delicate Beyond", uses the first 2 songs of its matrix album ("The Delicate Forever" and "Well Spring") and delivers in the same tenor, spirit and almost identical songwriting, a super extended version of both songs. (1 hour & 13 minutes +-.)

Therefore we prog/electronic audiophiles get a double treat! An album that covers all the prog/electronic "protocols", adding Steve Roach's vision and revealing him as one of its most unique and creative survivors, but also an album which closes the gap between "Electronic" and "Ambient" music, without stopping to be either one.

A jewel by its own, although I do prefer "The Delicate Forever", this cd complements the whole concept, making it in part "essential", if you got already the "first" cd.

****4 "pure bliss" PA stars.

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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
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— 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
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— 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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