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Steve Roach

A longstanding leader in contemporary electronic music, composer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Roach drew on the beauty and power of the Earth's landscapes to create lush, meditative soundscapes influential on the emergence of ambient and trance. Born in California in 1955, Roach -- inspired by the music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and Vangelis -- taught himself to play synthesizer at the age of 20; debuting in 1982 with the album Now, his early work was quite reminiscent of his inspirations, but with 1984's Structures from Silence his music began taking enormous strides, the album's expansive and mysterious atmosphere inspired partly by the natural beauty of the southwestern U.S. Subsequent works including 1986's three-volume Quiet Music series honed Roach's approach, his dense, swirling textures and hypnotic rhythms akin to environmental sound sculptures.

In 1988, inspired by the Peter Weir film The Last Wave, Roach journeyed to the Australian outback, with field recordings of aboriginal life inspiring his acknowledged masterpiece, the double-album Dreamtime Return. A year later, he teamed with percussionist Michael Shrieve and guitarist David Torn for The Leaving Time, an experiment in ambient jazz. After relocating to the desert outskirts of Tucson, AZ, Roach established his own recording studio, Timeroom, and in the years to follow grew increasingly prolific, creating both as a solo artist and in tandem with acts including Robert Rich, Michael Stearns, Jorge Reyes, and Kevin Braheny -- in all, close to two dozen major works in the 1990s alone, all of them located at different points on the space-time continuum separating modern technology and primitive music.

His album roster from that decade includes Strata (1991), Artifacts (1994), Well of Souls (1995), Amplexus (1997), and Dust to Dust (1998). Early Man was released on Projekt in early 2001, followed by one of his many collaborations with Vidna Obmana, Innerzone. Throughout the remainder of the 2000s, Roach remained extremely prolific, with his release schedule including the Projekt titles Trance Spirits (with Jeffrey Fayman), the quadruple-disc Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces, Spirit Dome and Somewhere Else (with Obmana), Fever Dreams, Mantram, and Nada Terma (with Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig), the ongoing Immersion series, Arc of Passion, and Stream of Thought (with Erik Wøllo). He also self-released several titles on his own through Timeroom Editions. Over the next decade, Roach would show no signs of slowing as he continued a non-stop slew of new material under his own name, as well as collaborations and soundtrack work. Though new volumes of work appeared at a clip of more than three albums per year, standouts included more collaborations with Byron Metcalf, 2013's Future Flows, and 2014's disparate releases of arid road trip music on The Desert Collection and ambient explorations of mortality and humanity on The Delicate Forever. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Track List: Structures From Silence (30th Anniversary Deluxe Remastered Edition)

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Track List: Rasa Dance: The Music Of Connection (A Collection)

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Magnifica. ✦⚉✦
One of my all time favorites!!!
jpheffernan0 9 1 1 0 7
Sometimes when I am listing to Steve Roach’s work I feel like a child enchanted at the play of light and shadow on my wall.
jpheffernan0 9 1 1 0 7
Steve Roach’s work is the embodiment of an ageless sound that touches the innermost feelings of the soul. It is the primal passion that drives one from the unknown to the known. The courage to walk through the porthole of the unknown.
allende-lett e r s
Great funeral music.
I like this type of music thankyou
It's deeply relaxing
jpheffernan0 9 1 1 0 7
I recognized I had found the ‘sound’ when I listened to Steve’s first album Now Traveler. Allison Steel (WNEW) the Night Bird NYC 1970s introduced me to Tangerine Dream and Vangelis but I am most grateful to finding Steve Roach’s work. It still has the same awe and veneration that it had for me as a kid.
Absolutely magnificent!
Steve Roach is my all-time favorite ambient, been following him for twenty years now. He always seems to be just a little bit above the rest, something about how he makes it all sound so natural, really hits you emotionally.
Great .......Music for the Mind...a Good Guy Also...Rides Dirt Bikes !!!!!!! ...GREAT Music For A Desert Racer.....Th a n k s Steve , Michael Adair / Tucson
lee.0226
Sound like my soul is free !!
willeebee
Every time I hear this piece, it makes feel as if I'm forced to leave earth because of a bad deal I made or due to the ultimate destruction of our planet, and as I'm rising up through the atmosphere and eventually into outer space...I'm seeing faces of people I knew through life...and little clips of things we did....I'm rising so far away as the earth gets smaller and smaller and then I realize I will never see a human ever again. The music is so powerful like that last song you might ever hear
Steve Roach is my hero as an artist. Love his feeling of sound & space. I wish I could have a long talk with him & share insights.
Love it. It allows me to relax, rest or great background music at work without affecting my work and thought process.
Watson? the lost Art of writing! But not of Hearing.
, .c.f. ff
Great background music for yoga session.
@bevthrower: Steve is alive and releasing material, even after over 30 years. He is one of the greats and he is active now instead of being "out of print", so we should be thankful.
The memory is a beautiful piece of music - I cannot get enough of it - Peace.
OH NO! MY AC IS OVERWEIGHT!
I been into this man Music sent 1988 and it is still fresh to hear it over and over........ . .
bevthrower
Only one criticism - this bio is written in the past tense, so it makes it sound like the composer is dead. But it looks to me like a guy who released an album this year is probably still alive and working! (At least I hope so.)
suddenly i feel like doing yoga
Where Resa Lives is a beautiful journey through a surreal landscape. GREAT if you want to float off somewhere safe! Feels like I am tethered on a long silver thread through the galaxy.Not too bad for a nine minutes of peaceful travel.
My first Steve Roach experience wasThe Magnificent Void and I was this album seemed to swallow me and transport me to another place.This man is a true master especially in Tribal Ambient.His musical artistry,sou n d quality and detail are unmatched and I know that is a bold statement with greats such as Brian Eno,Klaus Schulze,Vang e l i s , R o b e r t Rich and I have to include Biosphere aka Geir Jenssen etc.
One of the central figures in ambient anywhere. The benchmark, well and truly up there with Eno. One of the masters.
BUT ONE TOO MANY ROACHES ? A LITTLE SPACED-OUT. BUT MUSIC SEEMS TO MAKE ME FEAL HIGH .
PLAY ON INSTANT MEDITION IS GOOD FOR HEALING. BRING IT ON.
Someone walked into my Licorice Pizza in '82-'84 & told me of some great space music being made in Arizona desert. If that was you, Steve, you're the center of my knowwhereman station. Always return. The breath is the vehicle.
Just got a nook and this is the first music I played on it. HAD no idea what or who this was, just sort of blundered into it. Now it seems like I am floating on air. What a nice suprise!!!
asm2750
Been listening to Steve Roach for almost 10 years. Probably the best music to decompress with when life gets hectic.
This music, and actually it's tones, is very ethereal. You can be out in the middle of deep space. I'll have to take you sometime. It's amazing. People get so interiorized into this place and lose prospective. DMB
Relax put on the head gear
Just say it everyone, repeat after me... I like to get high and listen to this music LoL, someone had to kick the elephant out of the room :)
Makes me feel good to relax and let go ... Sleep tight
k10at02
Listening to this music makes me feel very relaxed. I really enjoy the space like/multidi m e n s i o n a l sound. It is very profound.
I love to let my mind just travel as I listen to this wonderful music
atouchoflife
a great sound!
Steve Roach is great, along with Harold Budd, Stars of the Lid, Brian Eno ...
I stumbled upon your music!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! I am thankful the gods brought me here.
Steve Roach is the genie of the sound! No one best them him! He propouse a fell sound with no voices and technical aproach of keyboard! Simply fantastic!
lol you guys are too into this, good s**t tho :)
jeffwpatton
When you listen to Steve Roach and close your eyes, you are transported into the deepest reaches of time, space, and your mind.
it is amazing...yo u listen to the music, and you are transported to another time, place, and planet. I thank you Steve.
I have been a fan and buyer of Steve's music for over 25 years. My life is richer for having discovered him. Thanks to Steven Hill and Anna Turner of Hearts Of Space for the introduction !
bam_55
i can, in my mind, go to the far reaches of the galaxy on this stuff. I am really liking this thank you......... . . . . . B i
'great music !!!!!!, I can paint, andd read, andddd think at last !!!! THANK YOU ....STEVE RACH
be45789you
VERY INTERESTING. HIS SOUNDS CAUGHT MY EAR. I WILL LISTEN TO MORE.
I first came across Steve Roach years ago when I was producing soundtracks for a planetarium. There is a radio station here (WYSO.org) and on Sunday evenings, around 10pm Alpha Rhythms plays a lot of Steve Roach, Jonn Serrie, etc. The guy who hosts the show has recorded with Steve Roach, so he's a big fan.
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