Steve Roach ‎– Skeleton Keys

Projekt ‎– PROJEKT315
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All pieces created primarily using the format analog modular system throughout 2014-15.
Recorded and mixed at the Timehouse, Baja Arizona.
Mastered at Spotted Peccary Studios NW, Portland, OR.
Packaged in a 6-panel digipak.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 617026031521
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LZ71
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI ALK08
  • Matrix / Runout: MZC3016 Disc Makers

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
n = 25 Steve Roach Skeleton Keys(LP) Diophantine Discs n = 25 US 2015 Sell This Version
none Steve Roach Skeleton Keys(8xFile, FLAC, Album) Timeroom Direct none US 2015
PRO315 Steve Roach Skeleton Keys(8xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Projekt PRO315 US 2015
OP006 Steve Roach Skeleton Keys (Expanded)(Cass, Album, Dlx, Ltd) Origin Peoples OP006 US 2017 Sell This Version


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March 23, 2017
I listened to this album partially while exploring a planet in skies that belong to no man and I wondered what may have been if some of the effects in the background would have been brought forward more respectively explored more in depth.


July 11, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

Steve Roach "Skeleton Keys" CD

"Skeleton Keys" chapter, using throughout 2014 and 2015 the large format analog modular system, can easily be labeled as a monster project dedicated to the re-explorations of magnificently sparkling, sequencer-based patterns. Obsessed with this sound since the very first days on the scene in the late 70's, Steve Roach, the iconic sound architect, again activates all his audible insignias in the Timeroom in order to demonstrate his innate wizardry and flexibility within the genre he was born to enhance. Released on Projekt at the end of May 2015, the theme is attractively displayed by elegant 6-panel digipak featuring catchy cover images by Kyle Wright (of Diophantine Discs) and artist and modular photographs by Adam Fleishman, while the graphic design is handled, as usual by Sam Rosenthal. Behind the mastering desk is Howard Givens of Spotted Peccary fame.

"The Only Way In" ignites the journey and briskly transports the listener into stunningly euphoric sonic realms, with immediate connection to the Master's fully blooming wizardry, highlighted by an array of glistening sequences, which persistently emerge, swirl, helix and enthrall. This is a real celebration of 100% pure analog sound, welcome to the musical dome of ultimate passion and dedication!!! "The Function Inside The Form" gets closer to Berlin School reminiscences, although gratifyingly reinforced here and there by some buzzing cyber-tech mesmerism and elusive grooves. The next piece, "It's All Connected", straightly shifts into utterly laid-back, yet strongly hypnotic, high-tech-infused rhythms meticulously guarded by ethereally undulating blankets. Wow, a 9 and half minutes long sonic elixir reveals all its magic, bravo!!! Electronica cybernetica continues its domination on "Outer Weave", it shifts to much higher speed, but translucently polished, though celestial waves are still safely hanging above. They even overlap to "Symmetry And Balance", which emphasizes with vivid mixture of sharpened sequences, continuously pulsing, oscillating and painting mindscaping, trance-charged mandalas. "Saturday Somewhere" gorgeously blends exquisitely carved, refreshingly mesmerizing and hauntingly elevated rhythms with intangibly sweeping washes, while some nice Kraftwerkian feel is thrown in as well. "Escher's Dream Is Dreaming" pushes the magic even further, with all those splendidly ear-tickling embellishments, spiritedly bouncing, when the listener is bathed in an awe-inspiring perpetual epic of sequenced magnificence. This is a truly delightful listening experience and certainly one of the pinnacles!!! With 13 and half minutes the longest composition, "A Subtle Twist Of Fate", closes this essential album with an ultra rapid sequencing work, which moves through stirringly nuanced portals and forms fascinatingly spiraling images.

It's no secret that I was never really into Berlin School electronics and when it goes to Steve's sequencer-driven discography, I personally prefer more embracing slow-motion splendor such as "Living The Dream" or "Today" for example. Nevertheless, 74-minute "Skeleton Keys" collection grows on me with each new exploration, it's always fully rewarding, precisely polished in every single detail to its absolute perfection, no matter if listening through the speakers or with my headphones on. I am absolutely amazed by its lushly flavored scenario, each track is different, yet the overall feel remains always highly homogeneous. The old vintage sounds are masterfully amplified by Steve's own signatures, which keep on expanding over the course of his stellar career spanning across the four decades. Feel the "Skeleton Keys", feel the magic, feel the energy, feel the passion of the genius, who was born to enrich our lives with his infinite virtuosity and visionary!!! To make the story complete, of course don't hesitate to explore also "The Skeleton Collection 2005-2015" released on Steve's Timeroom Editions with 5 tracks originally recorded in 2005, while the remaining 3 pieces were created during February 2015. And last but not least, for all vinyl aficionados, there is available a 180 gram LP version "Skeleton Keys", with 3 tracks taken from the CD and one exclusive piece "Inner Weave At The Outer Edge", released in limited edition of 400 copies on Kyle Wright's Diophantine Discs. By the way, this is the first vinyl release of Steve Roach since "Desert Solitaire" LP in 1989!!! Big kudos to all involved for the whole "Skeleton Keys" package!!! The journey continues and I am thrilled to be deeply connected!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jul 11, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)


June 25, 2015
Highly recommended records (The complete Skeleton Keys Sessions includin 2CD and a vinyl album) for those who discovered Steve Roach by his early powerful electronic music realized with sequencers. As the master Klaus Schulze said: SEQUENCERS ARE BEAUTIFUL.
Yes, Steve, we are sequenced !
Definitely a must have !


June 10, 2015
Have to say that this been is a long time waiting for steve making of this king an album....
Personally i have been bored to his past sounds. But this is very good....