Steve Roach (musician)


Steve Roach (musician)
Steve Roach
Background information
Born February 16, 1955 (1955-02-16) (age 56)
Origin La Mesa, California
Genres Ambient
Website www.steveroach.com

Steve Roach (born February 16, 1955 in La Mesa, California)[1] is a U.S. composer and performer of ambient and tribal-ambient music, whose recordings are also classified in the genres of space, drone, New Age, and electronic music. Roach is recognized as one of the "leading innovators of contemporary electronic music."[2]

Contents

Overview

Originally a motorbike racer, at the age of 20 Roach taught himself to play the synthesizer[3] after being inspired by such influential synthesizer artists and groups as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and Vangelis. His debut album Now appeared in 1982, followed by Structures from Silence in 1984. In 1988 he released his acclaimed Quiet Music series, along with what has been described by critics as his masterpiece, the double-album Dreamtime Return.[3]

As Roach's approach to ambient music matured, he has typically[4] been beatless, although his rhythmic and trance-based groove and tribal-ambient releases are nearly as numerous[4] as his more atmospheric releases. Some recordings are strictly synthesizer based, whereas some recordings include ambient guitar experiments, and other releases cross over with more ethnic influences.

He was an early proponent[5] of the didgeridoo's use in ambient music and learned to play it during his extended trips to Australia during the 1980s. Later work with Mexican musician Jorge Reyes would introduce a Prehispanic element, and these fusions would further establish Roach as one of the founders[4] of the tribal-ambient sound.

Steve Roach is married to Linda Kohanov (who provided vocals on some of his albums). They live in Tucson, Arizona.

Steve Roach performing at SoundQuest Fest in October 2010.

Discography

Solo albums

  • Now (1982) – reissued on Now / Traveler in 1992
  • Traveler (1983) – reissued on Now / Traveler in 1992
  • Structures from Silence (1984) – remastered 2001
  • Quiet Music 1 (1986) – cassette, collected in 1988/1999
  • Empetus (1986) – remastered 2008 as a 2-CD collection
  • Quiet Music 2 (1986) – cassette, collected in 1988/1999
  • Quiet Music 3 (1986) – cassette, collected in 1988/1999
  • Quiet Music (1988) – completed as the 2-CD Quiet Music: Complete Edition in 1999
  • Dreamtime Return (1988) – 2 discs, remastered 2005
  • World's Edge (1992) – 2 discs
  • Origins (1993)
  • The Dream Circle (1994)
  • Artifacts (1994)
  • The Dreamer Descends (1995) – 3-inch CD
  • The Magnificent Void (1996)
  • On This Planet (1997)
  • Slow Heat (1998)
  • Atmospheric Conditions (1999)
  • Light Fantastic (1999)
  • Early Man (2000) – 2 discs
  • Midnight Moon (2000)
  • Time of the Earth (2001)
  • Core (2001)
  • Streams & Currents (2001)
  • Darkest Before Dawn (2002)
  • Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (2003) – 4 discs
  • Life Sequence (2003)
  • Fever Dreams (2004)
  • Holding the Space: Fever Dreams II (2004)
  • Places Beyond: The Lost Pieces Vol. 4 (2004) – rarities collection
  • Possible Planet (2005)
  • New Life Dreaming (2005)
  • Immersion : One (2006)
  • Proof Positive (2006)
  • Kairos: The Meeting of Time and Destiny (2006) – CD + DVD
  • Immersion : Two (2006)
  • Fever Dreams III (2007) – 2 discs
  • Immersion : Three (2007) – 3 discs
  • A Deeper Silence (2008)
  • Dynamic Stillness (2009) – 2 discs
  • Destination Beyond (2009)
  • Afterlight (2009)
  • Immersion : Four (2009)
  • Sigh of Ages (2010)
  • Immersion Five – Circadian Rhythms (2011)
  • Back to Life (2011) (2011)[6]
  • Immersion Six (2011)[6]

Collaboration albums

  • Moebius (1979) – as a member of the group Moebius
  • Western Spaces (1987) – with Kevin Braheny
  • The Leaving Time (1988) – with Michael Shrieve
  • Desert Solitaire (1989) – with Michael Stearns and Kevin Braheny
  • Strata (1990) – with Robert Rich
  • Australia: Sound of the Earth (1990) – with David Hudson and Sarah Hopkins
  • Forgotten Gods (1992) – with Jorge Reyes & Suso Saiz as Suspended Memories
  • Soma (1992) – with Robert Rich
  • Ritual Ground (1993) – with Elmar Schulte
  • Earth Island (1994) – with Jorge Reyes & Suso Saiz as Suspended Memories
  • Kiva (1995) – with Michael Stearns and Ron Sunsinger
  • Well of Souls (1995) – 2 discs, with Vidna Obmana
  • Halcyon Days (1996) – with Stephen Kent and Kenneth Newby
  • Cavern of Sirens (1997) – with Vidna Obmana
  • Dust to Dust (1998) – with Roger King
  • Ascension of Shadows: Meditations for the Millennium (1999) – 3 discs, with Vidna Obmana (re-released in 2008 as three separate albums)
  • Body Electric (1999) – with Vir Unis
  • Vine ~ Bark & Spore (2000) – with Jorge Reyes
  • Circles & Artifacts (2000) – with Vidna Obmana
  • The Serpent's Lair (2000) – 2 discs, with Byron Metcalf
  • Prayers to the Protector (2000) – with Thupten Pema Lama
  • Blood Machine (2001) – with Vir Unis
  • InnerZone (2002) – with Vidna Obmana
  • Trance Spirits (2002) – with Jeffrey Fayman, Robert Fripp & Momodou Kah
  • Mantram (2004) – with Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig
  • Terraform (2006) – with Loren Nerell (reissued in 2009)
  • The Shaman's Heart (2006) – with Byron Metcalf
  • Somewhere Else (Ascension of Shadows I) (2008) – with Vidna Obmana
  • The Memory Pool (Ascension of Shadows II) (2008) – with Vidna Obmana
  • Revealing the Secret (Ascension of Shadows III) (2008) – with Vidna Obmana
  • Nada Terma (2008) – with Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig
  • Stream of Thought (2009) – with Erik Wøllo
  • Dream Tracker (2010) – with Byron Metcalf and Dashmesh Khalsa
  • Nightbloom (2010) – with Mark Seelig
  • The Desert Inbetween (2011) – with Brian Parnham
  • The Road Eternal (2011) – with Erik Wøllo
  • Shaman's Heart II: The Healing Journey (2011)[7] – with Byron Metcalf

Compilation albums

  • The Lost Pieces (1993) – rarities collection
  • Truth & Beauty: The Lost Pieces Volume Two (1999) – rarities collection
  • Dreaming... Now, Then: A Retrospective 1982–1997 (1999) – 2 discs
  • Pure Flow: Timeroom Editions Collection 1 (2001)
  • Day Out of Time (2002)
  • Space and Time: An Introduction to the Soundworlds of Steve Roach (2003)
  • Texture Maps: The Lost Pieces Vol. 3 (2003) – rarities collection
  • Quiet Music: The Original 3-Hour Collection (2011)[6]

Live albums

  • Stormwarning (1989)
  • Live Archive (2000) – with Vidna Obmana (reissued in 2009 as the 2-disc Spirit Dome – Live Archive)
  • All Is Now (2002) – 2 discs
  • Spirit Dome (2004) – with Vidna Obmana (reissued in 2009 as the 2-disc Spirit Dome – Live Archive)
  • Storm Surge: Steve Roach Live at NEARfest (2006)
  • Arc of Passion (2008) – 2 discs
  • Landmass (2008)
  • Live at Grace Cathedral (2010)
  • Live at SoundQuest Fest (2011) – with Byron Metcalf, Brian Parnharn, and Dashmesh Khalsa[8]
  • Journey of One (2011)[6]

References

  1. ^ Family Tree Legends
  2. ^ Steve Roach Biography, Celestial Harmonies, accessed Jan. 24, 2009.
  3. ^ a b All Music Guide entry by Jason Ankeny, reprinted on Pandora Music, accessed Jan. 24, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Stretch out and enjoy the soundscape" by Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 21, 2000.
  5. ^ "Instrument owner lauds soothing effects," The Advocate (Baton Rouge) June 7, 1998.
  6. ^ a b c d "Steve Roach Mid-Summer Nights Soundworlds". SteveRoach.com. July 10, 2011. http://www.steveroach.com/news/newsletter/newsletter.php?id=20110710000000. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Shaman's Heart II - The Healing Journey - Byron Metcalf (Featuring Steve Roach)". ByronMetcalf.com. October 3, 2011. http://www.byronmetcalf.com/news/entry?id=40;fa=1. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://steveroach.com/store/store.php?item=456

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