Steve Roach Update September 2001
Greetings, dear friends of the music. Life is
relatively short, so we will get directly to the priorities: new
music and lots of exciting news has been building up and boiling
over... After a few attempts to send out this newsletter in the past
weeks, more impending news seemed to crop up around the next corner,
but now it's finally here. Beyond that, I am finally coming up for
above-ground air after being focused all summer on the new solo work
as well as the beautiful DVD production with
Projekt and a few other surprises. It's a great feeling to say from
my core that the time (of the earth) is now. I feel a special
satisfaction about this new release, along with the current creative
waves and future dreamings coming into form... I look forward to
sharing it all with you. Onward!
All my best from the soundcurrent,
coming in two weeks; now accepting preorders. Free mini-poster
while supplies last!
Time of the Earth
on DVD and VHS now in stock!
-- Seofon with vidnaObmana, Steve Roach, Stephen Kent, Robert Rich...
now in stock.
Linda Kohanov's new book The
Tao of Equus is now in stock at
our online store and retail stores nationwide.
Improved online store, with searching and more.
New MP3 offerings
-- a finely tuned conceptual multi-artist collection with a piece
The Electric Body
on VHS back in stock.
The Eternal Expanse
coming in 2002.
Timeroom Editions sampler CD coming in November.
Projekt Festival: The Gathering
live in Philadelphia May 2002, featuring Steve Roach and vidnaObmana.
New collaboration with Steve and vidnaObmana on
Projekt to premiere the weekend of the Projekt Festival.
Fripp, Fayman, Roach collaboration set for 2002!
Core by Steve Roach Timeroom Edition,
Shipping mid-September; accepting pre-orders now.
All U.S. orders for Core will include a
free mini-poster (8"x8") of the original cover art created
by Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman -- while supplies last!
Steve's new solo release will be a pure flow
journey of electro-organic pieces drawn from the molten core within
the Timeroom right up to mid-August. Core has evolved into
perhaps one of the most focused tribal-trance-electronic releases
from Steve to date. This summer has been a vital and renewing time as
Roach turned away from all concerts, collaborations and other offers,
directing his attention deep into the inner core of where the music
emerges. Setting out with the intention to find new sounds, Roach
created a dynamic convergence of energies and currents that have been
running through his music over the past 20 years.
Adding to the vital live feel of the pieces is
Steve's process of melting it all together, working more like a movie
maker at this stage trying dozens of different complete edits of the
"film," shaping the story like never before.
What some friends and press have to say about Core...
"Core's ebb and flow unites the
evolution and search for continuity in life and the sublime in sound
and emotion. The language of sound revealed on Core culminates
the passion for acknowledging the hidden past and looking forward
with innovation... Subtle and intense as Core marks a leap
into adventure by adding as yet undiscovered elements to an ever-expanding
pallet of sounds. Essential." -- vidnaObmana
"Core is the quintessence of Steve
Roach's music. In this album, Steve integrates the essence of his
previous work -- from the majestic soundworlds of Structures From Silence,
Dreamtime Return and The Magnificent Void, to the most
dynamic electronic sounds of On This Planet, Light Fantastic
and The Serpent's Lair -- and takes it into a whole new
dimension. Mysterious and luminous, Core is Steve Roach's
essential milestone, the beginning of a new sound journey." --
Gilles Bedard, Quebec, Canada
"Core, the album represents a
pinnacle of achievement in the tribal-electronic sound of Roach.
These sound elements are based on many years of Roach working in the
field of electronic music production. The portal has been opened to
fuse these elements into a fiery mix of mind-bending atmospheres and
thundering body rhythms. Feel the sheer dynamics, feel the atmosphere
but above all feel the power. It has arrived." -- Gary Andrews,
Sequences Magazine (UK) and Ambient Visions online magazine
Will Merkle helps with the mail order, and has
heard the music's evolution over the months. He offers his
"It seems to scoop up the most powerful
elements from Steve's rhythmic and atmospheric music over the past
dozen years or so and merges them into this new sound that is
impossible to define into a category, beyond the fact that it's pure
Steve Roach music. CORE, being the molten center, is expressed in
this recording as a feeling from where all the primal energies are
contained, feeding the source of creativity and imagination outward."
TIME OF THE EARTH, a film by Steve Lazur
with music by Steve Roach Projekt, DVD and VHS, 77 minutes,
all-region NTSC (except Japan). dual soundtracks; chapter search;
uncompressed Dolby Digital Stereo. <<< now in stock! >>>
After a few years in production, we are excited
to announce the release of Steve's first DVD and the next level in
his soundworlds for the home audio-visual immersion experience. This
77-minute wordless film odyssey presented on DVD by Steve Lazur was
created from three years of filming throughout the most remote
regions of desert southwest of the U.S. The outcome is a captivating
dreamtime desert journey that travels deep into the realm of epic
rock formations and landscapes, primeval canyons, cloud-filled skies
and vistas that are still echoing from the dawn of creation.
Time-lapse and slow-motion film techniques are mixed with real-time
movement though a myriad of surreal landscapes drawn from the primal
forces of nature over millions of years. The seamless soundtrack is
created from new pieces along with tracks from several CD's featuring
some of Steve's most powerful Earth-inspired tribal and atmospheric
works. The long form piece "The Dream Circle" is featured
as an optional soundtrack, providing another perspective to the film
as either an active or passive audio-visual stimulant and ambient
continuous playback experience.
"Fans of classic films like Baraka, Chronos,
and Koyaanisquatsi will marvel at this DVD of pure natural beauty. Time
of The Earth is deep, subtle, complex, profound, timeless,
mystical, and most of all, strikingly beautiful. Time of The Earth
communicates what cannot be communicated through words. It is a movie
that can only be grasped in its totality, profundity and significance
on an intuitive level. Roach and Lazur are clearly aware of the
limitation of words, as they create this
slowly evolving journey. With each viewing it shifts in the mind's
eye, and becomes a new and different film. You can breathe the air,
squint at the sun, and feel dwarfed by the towering mountain peaks
and endless sky, the moment you enter the immediacy of this experience.
Time itself becomes relative. This film in many
ways is like a poem written with images and sound, and one of the
most memorable and rewarding experiences I've seen in DVD
format." -- Ben Kettlewell, Alternate Music Press
Seofon with vidnaObmana, Steve Roach, Stephen
Kent, Robert Rich, Not Breathing and Thermal Hypnos/ Foundry now
available from our online store
Zero Point: Lessons in Being Nothing showcases
some of the great talents in electronic music today, and finds them
participating in a unique form of collaboration. With Ambient Temple
of Imagination (ATOI) tracks as the inspiration and source material,
Seofon invited vidnaObmana and Steve Roach, opening a circle of
recycling, a term coined by vidnaObmana and Asmus Tietchens. Stephen
Kent, Robert Rich, Not Breathing, and Thermal were brought into the
circle as the project progressed. Entirely new pieces were created
using a variety of methods and collaborative trajectories with Seofon
(a member of Ambient Temple of Imagination) serving as a
center-point: coordinating the project, making his own recycling
contributions, and integrating the finished tracks into a hypnotic tapestry.
Linda Kohanov: The Tao of Equus A Woman's
Journey of Healing and Transformation Through the Way of the Horse
Hardcover, 363 pages New World Library, $21.95 from steveroach.com
(list price $24.95)
This new book by Steve's wife Linda Kohanov is
now at our store and in bookstores big and small nationwide. After
years as a respected music journalist and contributor to numerous
CD's with her compelling liner notes, she followed her passion into
the pioneering world of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy, which
employs horses as facilitators in the work of human development and
healing. This book is the result of 9 years of research and direct
experience that tells a fascinating story regardless of whether or
not you're a "horse lover." As alternative medicine leader
and author Larry Dossey, M.D. observed, The Tao of Equus "is a
startling challenge to anyone wishing to limit consciousness to
humans." Linda now has her own web site: http://www.taoofequus.com.
NEWS BRIEFS AND FUTURE DREAMINGS
New store interface! Our webmaster Cliff has
outdone himself overhauling our store, making it easier to find what
you're looking for. The entrance is at http://steveroach.com/store.
Be sure to have a look, try out the cross-referenced searching, and
listen to the audio clips. Don't miss the "Everything" tab
with our entire inventory on one page, for one-stop shopping. We've
also updated the printable catalog, for FAX ordering or giving to friends.
New MP3 streaming tracks from Body Electric
and Blood Machine are now at http://mp3.com/timeroom.
CORE samples will be streaming soon. Because of the dynamic
resolution and impact of the music, Steve is waiting for a few weeks
after the release of CORE before posting any MP3 CORE samples. As
always, every MP3 play from mp3.com and steveroach.com helps support
the artists, and it's free! Get your friends to tune in, and help
spread the word.
Floatation -- This multi-artist
compilation is now out. A beautiful collection of pieces thoughtfully
presented by the Canadian label Interchill. The entire flow lives up
to the title's name, and includes a 7-minute track from Steve. Read
more at http://www.interchill.com, and order from Backroads (http://www.backroadsmusic.com).
Floatation is not available from our store at this time.
The Electric Body -- VHS video back in
stock for a limited time, and at a lower price.
The Eternal Expanse -- The re-release of The
Ambient Expanse on Projekt, re-titled The Eternal Expanse
(with Steve Roach, Patrick O'hearn, Vir Unis and vidnaObmana) has
been delayed 'til sometime in 2002, due to work on the DVD release.
A 74-minute Timeroom Editions sampler CD will be
released in November at a special price. This overview include pieces
from the six Timeroom Editions releases, along with an unreleased
track all sequenced for journey-mode, just in time for Christmas!
The Early Man release on Projekt was
recently featured in Borders listening stations nationwide, and
proved very successful in helping this music reach beyond the
Internet community. In further showing their across-the-board
support, Projekt has just released a sampler exclusively for the
Borders chain. It's a fine collection, at a minimal price, and
available exclusively at Borders stores. We'd also like to
acknowledge and thank the independent stores nationwide who support
Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces -- Steve's
new pure, deep atmospheric work is coming early 2002 on Projekt. Now
that the CORE has been tapped, the calm, deep currents are currently
flowing at the Timeroom. The pendulum will most surely be swinging
far in the opposite direction in the coming months...
The Projekt Festival is happening May 2002, and
will present Steve Roach and vidnaObmana live in Philadelphia. This
will be presented in collaboration with The Gathering / Star's End
series hosted by Chuck Van Zyl and Jeff Towne. The duo will have
their own night and venue on Sunday, plus a special dark-ambient
performance the night before, opening the festival's host of ethereal
bands. Information on the entire event at
A new Steve Roach / vidnaObmana CD on Projekt is
in the works for next May, title to be announced. This all-new
collaboration between Steve and vidnaObmana will be premiered the
weekend of the Projekt Festival. Also be sure to check out
vidnaObmana's chilling new release TREMOR on the Release label. More
info at http://www.vidnaobmana.org.
Fripp, Fayman, Roach -- Yes, you read correctly!
Steve was invited to produce and collaborate on this wicked new group
project. While it's too soon to present details, the basic direction
will be a collaboration with King Crimson icon Robert Fripp featuring
his searing guitarscapes and live interactions within the landscape
of Steve's hybrid rhythmic forms and the African trance percussion
mastery of Jeffrey Fayman and Momodu Mohammad Kah. These two were
also featured on THE SERPENT'S LAIR. Steve will bring his production
wizardry along with soundworlds, rhythmic innovations and his most
recent explorations on processed and textural electric guitar into
the fold. Already sessions in L.A., Tucson and beyond are yielding
some incredible tracks starting to take shape for this second-half
2002 release on Projekt.
A quick note from Steve: "I can still
remember buying one of my first "ambient" import LP's in
1973 at the Wherehouse Records in El Cajon California, "No
Pussyfooting" by Fripp and Eno. Life is a fascinating journey indeed."
With the wings of Icarus, keep flying... closer.
As always thanks from all of us. Your direct
support keeps independent music alive, and the lights burning in the
Timeroom. We welcome and encourage you to forward this update to your friends.
Steve, Cliff, Linda and Will at http://steveroach.com.