Steve Roach ‎– Empetus

Fortuna Records ‎– FOR 036
Vinyl, LP, Album


Empetus In Four Movements
A1 I Arrival 4:20
A2 II Seeking 5:34
A3 III Conquest 6:07
A4 IV Empowerment 3:52
B1 Twilight Heat 3:15
B2 Merge 6:23
B3 Urge 6:23
B4 Distance Is Near 2:40
B5 The Memory 5:51

Companies, etc.


  • Co-producerMichael Stearns
  • Composed By, Producer, Recorded BySteve Roach
  • Design [Graphic Design]Janaia Donaldson
  • Engineer [Voice Recording]Darwin Foye
  • Liner NotesSheila Gerzoff
  • Other [Lettering] – William Stewart (7)
  • Other [The Beam] – Michael Stearns (tracks: A1, A3, A4)
  • Photography [Back Photo] – John Lambert (4)
  • Synthesizer [Analog And Digital Synthesizers, Sequencers], Drums [Digital Drums]Steve Roach
  • VoiceWeslie Brown (tracks: A3, B2)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (etched in runout, side A): x FOR 036 A2 21498(3)
  • Matrix / Runout (etched in runout, side B): x FOR 036 B2 21499(3)

Other Versions (5 of 11) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Steve Roach Empetus(12xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Projekt none US 2017
CD FOR 036 Steve Roach Empetus(CD, Album) Fortuna Records CD FOR 036 US 1986 Sell This Version
FOR-036 Steve Roach Empetus(Cass, Album) Fortuna Records FOR-036 US 1986 Sell This Version
PROJEKT218 Steve Roach Empetus(CD, Album, RE, Bon) Projekt PROJEKT218 US 2017 Sell This Version
17036-2 Steve Roach Empetus(CD, Album) Fortuna Records 17036-2 Germany 1986 Sell This Version



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February 15, 2015
This is a fantastic ambient / Berlin styled album. It's close to being the pinnacle. It's a bridge between 70s ambient like Tangerine Dream and where the 80s would set the stage for 90s electronic revolution. Even Steve says it in the remaster notes. The bridge was also and example in recording equipment used to do this music. On the cusp on midi, CDs were just coming out and analog was moving to digital synthesizers. The more aggressive like Seeking and Conquest are very well done for that older ambient sound...then balanced the Memory is one of my favorite Steve Roach songs of all time. Merge and Urge are highly underrated as well. Only gripe is the shorter songs do not compliment the longer songs enough to take this to a landmark status in ambient. Close but no cigar. However, very excellent album. Grade B+