Steve Roach -- the endlessly meditative thread

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*drifts for about two hours*

Anyway. So he's got about ten million albums, much like his friend and regular collaborator Vidna Obmana, New Age types first heard him back in the 1980s, goths found out about him when Projekt started releasing a ton of his stuff and he's probably doing a sleep concert of some sort right this second, which will be released later. And you can find out more here.

Crossing over a bit from the Stars of the Lid thread so to bring up some stuff there:

most of those 80's space music precedents are currently hiding in dusty new age sections, with lovably terrible packaging, or they're long out of print. makes me hope we're in for a resurgence in the same way that Cluster's Zuckerzeit & the Harmonia records showed up everywhere after Boards of Canada crossed over, it'd be cool to see things like (Michael) Stearns' Chronos reissued.

& when I say that Roach can be 'wearying' I'm mainly talking about keeping up with the number of releases -- when he hits the real longwave stuff, you don't ever want that sound to stop. the classic own-this-one-if-you-own-any-of-his-discs breakthrough Roach is The Magnificent Void, I'd have been fine with that as a 10 disc set -- that's a dark record, closer to MB or Lustmord than anything happier.

-- Milton Parker, Tuesday, May 22, 2007 11:05 PM (Yesterday)

Discuss as you'd like etc.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 03:57 (sixteen years ago) link

This thread title made me think perhaps you made a typo and meant Steve Reich. But I guess not. So, I have nothing to add, except that thrilling anecdote. As you were.

Oilyrags, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 03:58 (sixteen years ago) link

There's a ton of Steve Reich threads, so search and revive!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 03:59 (sixteen years ago) link

steve roach can't be new age because his music sounds like sitting in a black hole for 3 hours

cutty, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 04:01 (sixteen years ago) link

his artwork doesn't help though :/

cutty, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 04:02 (sixteen years ago) link

my favorite is "mystic chords and sacred spaces"

cutty, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 04:04 (sixteen years ago) link

The new one, Immersion: Three, is kinda mindblowing even for him -- never heard something so dedicated to being furniture music, endless drift and as Cutty says black hole listening all at once.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 04:06 (sixteen years ago) link

I also recommend the Mystic Chords 4CD, Roach in beatless ambient mode. Haven't heard the Vidna Obmana collaborations but I have two interesting ones:

In Trance Spirits (with Jeffrey Fayman, Robert Fripp and Momodou Kah) they add busy African drumming to the spacey soundscapes and the effect is great, smooth and droning.

Blood Machine (with Vir Unis) is also very good, computer beats they call "fractal" for some reason. Modern sound and kind of tribal, this actually sounds closer to Trance Spirits than any other Roach I've heard.

no-nonsense, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 07:40 (sixteen years ago) link

I've hardly heard everything but

80's high point = Structures From Silence which is sort of everything that was good about new age -- if the digital synth textures sometimes seem a little simple, they really can be calming. I hated this stuff as a teenager in the 80's compared to trickier darker industrial or classic ambient or the more detailed textures of the Eno records, but this record's aged well. after his earlier sequencer-based albums that did a good job mining the post-Tangerine Dream lots, this was the transitional one where he turned off all the rhythms and went for duration, the last track is 30 minutes and I often just leave that one looping

then comes a whole host of tribal & slow rhythm records, aboriginal influences, peaked by Dreamtime Return which I remember not being my thing at all due to the melodies, flutes & indian percussion -- this was the soundtrack of a thousand head shops, crystal stores & california yoga retreats in the 80's, and a lot of other really frighteningly carefree scenes, and I skipped the next batch of followup albums. but I've been meaning to check it out again since Projekt reissued it.

then in 96 I was hanging out with Mr. Hate on his KFJC radio show and he segued out of a Zoviet-France track into something astoundingly deep, and my jaw dropped when he said it was Steve Roach -- that's Magnificent Void and it's a breakthrough record crossing over 70's/80's Hearts of Space & synth music with 80's ambient industrial, hugely influential and I keep coming back to it

he's very prolific and some albums sound samey, and some of the attempts to integrate the darkwave synths with the tribal rhythm stuff is not for me, but I picked up Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces when Cutty started dropping it on listening lists and it was a good call, he's clearly been slowly working on the sound & hasn't petered out -- many points for keeping it up going on 30 years later, even though if you like him, there were a lot of interesting records in this genre

would very much appreciate calls on some of the other records

the "sleep concerts" are more pioneered by / associated with Robert Rich in the early 80's than Steve Roach. Rich's albums tend to stay on the darker side and his Stalker with Lustmord is also a total classic & I'm curious to hear Somnium -

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 08:09 (sixteen years ago) link

& if you like both Ligeti & Magnificent Void I recommend Roland Kayn

Roland Kayn

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 08:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I have two of Roach's collaborations with Robert Rich -- Strata and Soma -- both of which I have come back to many times over the years. They aren't out in deep space like The Magnificent Void, but they repay attention and inattention equally well.

I also like Roach's Quiet Music, which makes a good hangover soundtrack.

I agree his music can be samey, but considering what he's doing, that may be one of the reasons it's effective.

Brad C., Wednesday, 23 May 2007 17:37 (sixteen years ago) link

i often wonder what he uses to make this music--would probably ruin it for me if i found out

cutty, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 18:26 (sixteen years ago) link

i have this one:

and used it for months as my sleep music, which it is perfect for (except the one track that has some tribal drumming). i think the liners say he used an e-bowed guitar for most of the sounds. i owned an e-bow at one point but never got it to sound like that. he's good at smearing the edge of sounds with reverb

am0n, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 19:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Structures From Silence is a total classic.

bassace, Thursday, 24 May 2007 02:13 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...

revive! I don't own a lot of ambient music, but I've been listening to Tangerine Dream's Phaedra a lot lately and decided I need to rectify this situation. descriptions of Roach's music make it sound right up my alley, but I'm just wondering which of his eight million albums to start with. so far the frontrunners seem to be Structures From Silence, The Magnificent Void, and Mystic Chords (which, incidentally, boasts one of the most endearingly awful reviews I've ever read on AMG); anything else I should be considering?

bernard snowy, Thursday, 5 July 2007 15:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Streams & Currents is the only Roach album ive been able to get into. sounds nothing like Phaedra though!

, Thursday, 5 July 2007 16:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Roach's shamanic rituals take listeners deeper into the zone. The psyche is lost in the realms of this bottomless pit, this cavern of the surreal. There are no impossible worlds on this journey. In the realms of nothingness, deep listeners see everything. In seeing everything, listeners gather knowledge. The ritual continues to begin and begins to continue.


am0n, Thursday, 5 July 2007 16:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Thankfully not one of the reviews I've done of him. (I'm sure those are endearingly awful too.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 5 July 2007 16:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Anyway, Structures is a keeper, and I might suggest Early Man as well, plus any of the Immersion discs.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 5 July 2007 16:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Streams & Currents is the only Roach album ive been able to get into. sounds nothing like Phaedra though!

-- ☪, Thursday, July 5, 2007 4:12 PM (40 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

yeah, sorry, I didn't mean to suggest that I was looking for a sonic similarity; just that that album was the catalyst for my sudden desire to hear some new-agey ambient stuff

bernard snowy, Thursday, 5 July 2007 16:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Bernard, I've been into this stuff recently too (I'm loving TD's Phaedra, Ricochet, and Stratosfear right now) and have been meaning to pick up some Steve Roach. From what I hear, the ones you mention seem to be the most frequently recommended Roach albums.

On a different note, I don't know if you listen to much internet radio, but there are two stations that play a fair amount of Roach's music (along with similar stuff by Robert Rich, Vidna Obnama, Pete Namlook -- new agey but a little darker ambient stuff): Soma FM's the Drone Zone and the Detroit-based Paxahau. Both are accessible through iTunes radio listings (under the "ambient" tag, I think) or from their sites. Paxahau has some streaming problems occasionally and can get a little choppy, but they play some pretty cool stuff.

Also, I'm sure you're into Eno already but if not, an obvious pick is Ambient 4: On Land. It has some great stuff on it that fits in well with Roach's darker stuff.

Mark Clemente, Thursday, 5 July 2007 17:05 (sixteen years ago) link

I actually don't own any Eno. I have some Harold Budd that I enjoy, so I was thinking of getting one of their collaborations as a good Eno starting point, but somehow I keep putting it off.

bernard snowy, Thursday, 5 July 2007 17:54 (sixteen years ago) link

get The Plateaux of Mirror right now.

Curt1s Stephens, Thursday, 5 July 2007 17:55 (sixteen years ago) link

music 4 airports > on land

am0n, Thursday, 5 July 2007 18:57 (sixteen years ago) link


strongohulkington, Thursday, 5 July 2007 19:04 (sixteen years ago) link


, Thursday, 5 July 2007 19:47 (sixteen years ago) link

I love Music for Airports, but I find On Land a lot more interesting. Maybe for a nice, calming ambient album MfA works better, but On Land has this uneasiness to it that I find pretty fascinating -- it's so wonderfully dark and eerie.

Mark Clemente, Thursday, 5 July 2007 19:51 (sixteen years ago) link

two months pass...

i've given 'dreamtime return' a listen to tonight. i thought the first half of it was godly, then, i don't know. . . the second half just kind of went nowhere for me. i know i'll have to give this another listen or two, but if that's what i just got from this album right now, could anybody tell me if i should seek out anything else he's done? i mean, i really do enjoy this kind of shiftless new age-y ambience, but that did become a bit trying after a while. maybe it was my own fault for just sitting down and taking it all in at once?

andi, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 04:37 (sixteen years ago) link

can be easy to overdose on this stuff, though enough of Roach's records are different to justify owning several (of the dozens)

it's always time to listen to tod dockstader's 'aerial 1' again, though it was composed decades after roach hit his stride, which is a big part of the reason I learned to <3 steve roach, time is on his side

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 07:01 (sixteen years ago) link

get The Plateaux of Mirror right now.

and then get The Pearl

do not pass Go, do not collect $200

Edward Bax, Saturday, 6 October 2007 20:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Well what a coincidence - I've been listening to a lot of Steve Roach recently. I can't say I'd recommend any more than any other (that's helpful of me isn't it) but I will say you can really do some serious zoning out to it and that's fine by me.

Ned Trifle II, Saturday, 6 October 2007 20:43 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

His latest on Projekt, Dynamic Stillness, has one of the darkest sounding beginnings I've heard from him yet. Pretty dramatic statement of purpose (and matched by the artwork, which like the music makes me think a bit of Thomas Köner's work, if more by association).

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 05:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Count me as a fan, primarily of Roach's 4th World ambient side. This album, in particular, is tremendously effective at evoking amelodic twilight rituals in the late Pleistocene, with much amanita muscaria:

Steve Roach - Origins (1993)

It's sorta lost amongst his mountain of releases and collaborations, but to me this is the album where he achieved exactly the production ambiance he was aiming at post-Dreamtime Return. About of a third of his albums since have been variations on its formula.

derelict, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 21:34 (fourteen years ago) link

When I hear Roach's name, I always think of those terrible AMG writers who end every review with: "This is essential e-music."

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:10 (fourteen years ago) link

seven months pass...

Ran across a box of old tapes I recorded off the radio from when I was in high school. Most of them were things like the Dr. Demento show, KLOS' "The Seventh Day" (seven albums in their entirety!), but I had a couple tapes of KSPC's electronic music show - one of shows featured most of Roach's album Traveller. Definitely wears its Klaus Schulze influence on its sleeve, but it's a tremendous album.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 12 December 2009 06:43 (thirteen years ago) link

If it's the droney side of Roach you're looking for, check out Robert Rich, especially "Trances/Drones." I drift off to that nearly as often as Budd and/or Eno.

Also, Jeff Greinke's "Cities in Fog"--music inspired by late night walks in the industrial outskirts of Seattle and the drone of trucks on distant highways at 3 a.m.

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 12 December 2009 07:47 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...

I've listened to a good amount of Steve Roach and one I just got off emusic called "Life Sequence" from 2003 is one of the best. It is kind of a modern return to the rolling German 70s style of repetitive rolling sequencer music that Schulze and Tangerine Dream would do and Roach did earlier in his career except with modern production sounds.

It is really excellent.

earlnash, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 01:04 (thirteen years ago) link

absolutely the best music for driving around in southern california thinkin about your LIFE. for real. not bad for doing so in other states either but A+++ for doin this in california.

Twink Will Ferrell (J0hn D.), Wednesday, 31 March 2010 01:08 (thirteen years ago) link

my favorite one for the last two years has been "Immersion: One" -- his first one where it's basically just an absolutely motionless pad, no chords changes, no events, nothing happens or changes for 73:16 -- I bought Two & Three as well, it's the same approach but I can't make it all the way through those, but One is a thing

I tried 'Dreamtime Return' again last year and it's still a little too glossy for me, when I try to sleep to it I get worn down instead of relaxed, it's almost like there's -too much- going on in it. still listening to Karma Moffett's 'Golden Bowls of Compassion' about every single day.

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 03:07 (thirteen years ago) link

you know what needs a reissue? -- recorded after hours at Orban in 1980

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 03:09 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Structures from Silence impressed me when I was previewing it on iTunes. Actually, I'm a little pissed right now that so little of his stuff is on Spotify and MOG. I just wanna be like, "People, services like these are what your music is made for!"

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 26 May 2013 02:29 (ten years ago) link

you know what needs a reissue? -- recorded after hours at Orban in 1980

That sounds amazing:
Recorded and mixed at Orban Recording, Menlo Park, California using a Moog synthesizer with extensive outboard processing equipment, including custom multiple-delay-line analog time-base process, custom voltage-controlled narrowband and wideband frequency shifters, parametric equalizer and reverberation. Mixed through the Orban Stereo Matrix, which creates stereo space and depth effects.

I bought Structures From Silence today on iTunes -- I'm a huge sucker for endlessly shifting analog pads. Sounds to me based on the articles I've read the last few weeks that the guy is an Oberheim Xpander ninja of sorts -- this record would seem to be evidence of that.

I've had a bit harder of a time digging into The Magnificent Void tho I definitely appreciate it for its...emptiness. This is one that actually is on Spotify so I'd like to give it a few more chances.

Another I've poked around on iTunes with is Empetus -- one of his more Berlin-ish sequencer outings from the mid-80s. The reissue has another CD of long sequencer tracks he did in 1982. Clips make it sound good -- presumably on his ARP 2600.

Apparently if you buy CDs from his site he'll apparently autograph them! Not sure that's enough to make me pile yet more CDs into my house -- but I'd still like to hear more.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 2 June 2013 04:11 (ten years ago) link

A healthy approach.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 2 June 2013 04:39 (ten years ago) link

ten months pass...

Cool piece on the 30th anniversary of Structures:

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:19 (nine years ago) link

Good piece, Ned.

Thoughts on the two other discs? Liner notes?

I admit that I haven't yet quite *gotten* Roach's immersive thing just yet – and that part of what I love about this record is that it has layers upon layers of what is, at the end of the day, a distinctively Oberheim sound.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:59 (nine years ago) link

The original edit mentions the extra two discs more -- also lovely but, I think enjoyably and appropriately, different from the original; he didn't try and recreate the sound but sought to explore the same themes from his point of view from where he more currently stands.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:08 (nine years ago) link

Been listening to my (older) Projekt re-release of Structures from Silence and wondering if it is worth ordering the deluxe edition or just snagged some other Roach back catalog stuff I've missed. I get enough shit for buying more than one Steve Roach album, imagine if they find out I'm buying the same one twice. Actually it won't surprise anyone at this point.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:08 (nine years ago) link

Part of me thinks, "Gee, I really love SfS, I wish he recorded more stuff like it" – which it course makes me think I should buy the set as well...

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:46 (nine years ago) link

New tracks not really like SfS at all, instantly spotable as recent output.

I got a copy of 'Dynamic Stillness' last year at the Hearts of Space festival in San Rafael and it's solid recent Roach, same textures as the Immersions but with much more in the way of slow harmonic changes & melodies.

Been listening to a lot of Jorge Reyes recently and have just gotten around to the two Suspended Memories collaborations with Roach. Maybe a little less deep than Reyes on his own but still pretty great.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 17 April 2014 02:04 (nine years ago) link

His new one, Tomorrow, finds him in warm, glowing sequencer mode. It's really making my Friday morning

J. Sam, Friday, 23 October 2020 13:59 (three years ago) link

slaying on livestream

lukas, Sunday, 25 October 2020 03:39 (three years ago) link

lukas, Sunday, 25 October 2020 03:40 (three years ago) link

track he just played from the new album Tomorrow is sick, and the cover art for the new one is his first good cover art since Structures From Silence imo

lukas, Sunday, 25 October 2020 03:45 (three years ago) link

Yeah it's a lovely album and I admit I did a double-take at the cover, just because I thought it might have been some lost 80s reissue. Who knew! Had to miss the livestream but he's going to be putting it on his Bandcamp soon so all good.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 25 October 2020 15:35 (three years ago) link

immediately bought tomorrow on the strength of the first track, wow

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 25 October 2020 16:42 (three years ago) link

the livestreams are so, so good

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Sunday, 25 October 2020 16:58 (three years ago) link

he's just the best

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Sunday, 25 October 2020 19:00 (three years ago) link

"elegant futurism," indeed! I always have time for Steve Roach but he sounds reinvigorated here. Absolutely buying this one. I usually buy his albums on CD, which seems a better format for this music, but I'll admit to being tempted by the vinyl edition this time.

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 26 October 2020 14:57 (three years ago) link

have to get up and flip the record is antithetical to my notion of listening to Steve Roach

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Monday, 26 October 2020 14:59 (three years ago) link

they practically invented the five-disc changer in anticipation of his Blood Moon Rising set.

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Monday, 26 October 2020 15:00 (three years ago) link

Inclined to agree. Just pre-ordered the CD

this album is great. "HeartBreath" is just perfect

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 26 October 2020 15:06 (three years ago) link

Trance Archaeology was pretty solid as well, in the same vein

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Monday, 26 October 2020 15:09 (three years ago) link

Put on some Steve Roach to sooth the election brain, and wow 'Tomorrow' is dope. It avoids the signature things I associate with a lot of his music (shapeless pads, quiet plodding drums) and sounds much fresher for it.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 19:08 (three years ago) link

ordered the vinyl, shipping January 11 ;_;

lukas, Wednesday, 4 November 2020 20:05 (three years ago) link

and even though i ordered it from Bandcamp, I have to wait for the download card insert, so my options are Spotify / pirate / nothing in the interim ;_;

lukas, Wednesday, 4 November 2020 20:06 (three years ago) link

weird, I got the FLACs from Bandcamp... I bought the CD though

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 21:02 (three years ago) link

yeah to get the vinyl you had to go to a different page on Bandcamp, which had a download ... of excerpts

I don't actually mind pirating having already bought the vinyl, I think I need succour after all the election drama and I'm asking for sympathy over here instead for some reason

lukas, Wednesday, 4 November 2020 21:11 (three years ago) link

Collecting Steve Roach vinyl sounds like a daunting prospect. Might need a new shelf.

earlnash, Wednesday, 4 November 2020 22:49 (three years ago) link

It was nice to see that the digital was 'name your price' (I imagine because healing new age vibes should be accessible to everyone?)

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 22:51 (three years ago) link

message me, lukas

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 23:07 (three years ago) link

I have to order via Normans records in the UK, but in the past (for Portals comp).

an email to the label with proof you have bought the vinyl might see you get a BC download code.

This has worked in the past for a few labels and for Portals, Behind the Sky did me a solid.

my opinionation (Hamildan), Thursday, 5 November 2020 09:47 (three years ago) link

A note for Sunday:

All Souls Procession closing Ceremony Live Stream Tucson Arizona Sunday November 8th 6pm to 8 pm AZ time.
This Sunday I will perform the closing ceremony music for the 31st annual All Souls Procession Ceremony. I will also joined by electro acoustic artist Serena Gabriel in a streamed studio performance just after 6PM and in the live closing ceremony at around 7:30 PM AZ time. (address below)

The 31st annual All Souls Procession is a celebration and mourning of the lives of our loved ones and ancestors; This year it is presented at the Annex Performance Space in Downtown Tucson. Last year I performed the closing ceremony for approximately 100,000 people; this year, with no procession occuring the closing ceremony will be performed live in the outdoor venue with only the production staff on hand. It will be streamed worldwide here:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 6 November 2020 23:23 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Putting this here to signal boost and hopefully not forget this is on.

set times look like all nighter for me in the UK, but also might sync the dawn rising for the final acts.

my opinionation (Hamildan), Monday, 1 February 2021 17:51 (two years ago) link

xzanfar, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 00:33 (two years ago) link

Meantime, starting in a little under an hour from now, per the man himself:

Steve Roach Premiere Streaming Concert Event TONIGHT! 6PM PST, 7PM MST, 8PM CST, 9PM EST, 2AM GMT
Join us for this 2 hour premiere stream concert originally recorded February 7, 2020 in Phoenix Arizona. This was one of the last times I would perform live with an audience before the pandemic took hold. Its a great 3 camera presentation. The set, visuals and sound were all at a high point for this one.
I will be on hand at the Youtube chat for the duration of the concert. See you there!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 February 2021 01:07 (two years ago) link

It’s a very nice performance!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 February 2021 02:29 (two years ago) link

that hearts of space bumper is the greatest thing I've ever seen

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 7 February 2021 03:04 (two years ago) link

i really need to go to bed but he got the didj out and i'm transfixed.

stirmonster, Sunday, 7 February 2021 03:35 (two years ago) link

He opened with Structures From Silence. What a legend

J. Sam, Sunday, 7 February 2021 03:56 (two years ago) link

Indeed -- and if you stayed all the way to the end, he's introduced a new 24/7 streaming project on YouTube, the Immersion Zone:

Ned Raggett, Monday, 8 February 2021 17:07 (two years ago) link

ready for my 24/7/365 Steve Roach, which I will only turn off when I feel like listening to the world

fbclid=fhAZ3l (f. hazel), Monday, 8 February 2021 17:14 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

If you've been subscribing via Bandcamp he just dropped an interesting rerelease: The Leaving Time, retitled The Lost Time, his late eighties major label collaboration with Michael Shrieve:

Plus folks like guitarist David Torn, as you can pretty audibly tell from the opening track. Kinda reminds me of sonically adjacent if not exactly similar stuff like Laswell's Hear No Evil. Roach's new liner notes make some cryptic reference about it being "long out-of-print and locked up in the RCA vaults at this point" so I have a feeling this is his way of mmmaybe sneaking it out quietly.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 17 May 2021 00:36 (two years ago) link

he's working on a collab with Michael Stearns which I am looking forward to

eisimpleir (crüt), Monday, 17 May 2021 13:21 (two years ago) link

he's working on a collab with Michael Stearns which I am looking forward to

yes, based on both their performances during Steve's festival, that should be a great record.

my opinionation (Hamildan), Monday, 17 May 2021 13:59 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

If you have fifteen minutes:

Per the man himself:

A rare look into the deep end of me working at the Timeroom in Tucson, Arizona Timeroom studio in 2000. I designed and had the studio built in in the mid 90s and since moved to Baja AZ, below Tucson in the mid 2000's.
This was shot in cinéma vérité style by Fever Dreams collaborator William Merkle, this visual artifact presents a fascinating look into my working in the studio unseen until now. You will hear raw elements of Early Man, Fever Dreams, Blood Machine and Streams and Currents. This surreal look back in time with Linda and my beloved dogs Nala and Raven, the reliable and now departed messengers from between the worlds.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 8 July 2021 17:51 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

I do love this

1980’s - I worked @ Licorice Pizza Records on the Sunset strip in W. Hollywood. Many wild stories!

At this time, I played solo synth concerts in clubs & theaters all over S. CA. & was in a synth trio, Moebius, that played in new wave & punk clubs. #electronicmusic #ambient

— Steve Roach Official (@steve_timeroom) September 15, 2021

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 16 September 2021 21:57 (two years ago) link

I like to imagine Brad time travelling to go buy records from him.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 16 September 2021 21:58 (two years ago) link

I wonder if he did any gigs with Wall of Voodoo or The Screamers/Nervous Gender?

earlnash, Friday, 17 September 2021 18:10 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

In an alternate universe, I travel to Arizona, take peyote and watch him perform in a desert for like two days.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 11 December 2021 16:54 (two years ago) link

Great wisdom

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 11 December 2021 17:09 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

So over at Shfl I figured it was time to create an at-least initial guide to the good man's work:

Ned Raggett, Monday, 10 January 2022 16:56 (one year ago) link

ah excellent. Dynamic Stillness sounds intriguing.

lukas, Monday, 10 January 2022 22:59 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

First public live show since the start of the pandemic

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 20 February 2022 04:25 (one year ago) link

Pretty fantastic, that.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 February 2022 21:51 (one year ago) link

Spirit Dome has induced an altered state of consciousness in me more than once.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 24 February 2022 22:15 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

I just found this 24-7 Immersion Zone channel:

It is a lovely resource

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 November 2022 23:49 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

So Steve and Robert Rich are doing a joint show in Tucson in the near future:

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 September 2023 19:54 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Meantime, live dates in March and April including Grace Cathedral here in SF, this’ll be great.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 2 December 2023 16:06 (one week ago) link

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