Steve Roach

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A longstanding leader in contemporary electronic music, composer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Roach (born 1955 in La Mesa, California) drew on the beauty and power of the earth's landscapes to create lush, meditative soundscapes influential on the emergence of ambient and trance.

A onetime professional motorbike racer, Roach -- inspired by the music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and Vangelis -- taught himself to play synthesizer at the age of 20; debuting in 1982 with the album Now, his early work was quite reminiscent of his inspirations, but with 1984's Structures From Silence his music began taking enormous strides, the album's expansive and mysterious atmosphere inspired directly by the natural beauty of the southwestern U.S. Subsequent works including 1986's three-volume Quiet Music series honed Roach's approach, his dense, swirling textures and hypnotic rhythms akin to environmental sound sculptures. In 1988, inspired by the Peter Weir film The Last Wave, Roach journeyed to the Australian outback, with field recordings of aboriginal life inspiring his acknowledged masterpiece, the double-album Dreamtime Return. A year later, he teamed with percussionist Michael Shrieve and guitarist David Torn for The Leaving Time, an experiment in ambient jazz.

After relocating to the desert outskirts of Tucson, Arizona, Roach established his own recording studio, Timeroom, and in the years to follow grew increasingly prolific, creating both as a solo artist and in tandem with artists including Robert Rich, Michael Stearns, Jorge Reyes and Kevin Braheny -- in all, close to two dozen major works in the 1990s alone, all of them located at different points on the space-time continuum separating modern technology and primitive music. His album roster from that decade includes: Strata (1990), Artifacts (1994), Well Of Souls (1995), Amplexus: Collected Works From The 1995 Ltd Series (1997), and Dust To Dust (1998). Early Man was released on Projekt in early 2001, followed by one of his many collaborations with Vidna Obmana.
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Steve Roach - Now album art Steve Roach Now (Album) Not On Label US 1982 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Traveler album art Steve Roach Traveler (Album) Domino Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Structures From Silence album art Steve Roach Structures From Silence (Album) Fortuna Records UK, Europe & US 1984 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Empetus album art Steve Roach Empetus (Album) Fortuna Records Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Quiet Music 3 album art Steve Roach Quiet Music 3 (Album) Fortuna Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Quiet Music 2 album art Steve Roach Quiet Music 2 (Album) Fortuna Records Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Quiet Music 1 album art Steve Roach Quiet Music 1 (Album) Fortuna Records Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Western Spaces album art Steve Roach / Kevin Braheny / Richard Burmer Steve Roach / Kevin Braheny / Richard Burmer - Western Spaces (Album) Innovative Communication US 1987 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - The Leaving Time album art Michael Shrieve / Steve Roach Michael Shrieve / Steve Roach - The Leaving Time (Album) Novus Italy 1988 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Dreamtime Return album art Steve Roach Dreamtime Return (Album) Fortuna Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Desert Solitaire album art Steve Roach / Kevin Braheny / Michael Stearns Steve Roach / Kevin Braheny / Michael Stearns - Desert Solitaire (Album) Fortuna Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Stormwarning - Live In Concert album art Steve Roach Stormwarning - Live In Concert (Album) Soundquest Recordings US 1989 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Australia: Sound Of The Earth album art Steve Roach / David Hudson / Sarah Hopkins Steve Roach / David Hudson / Sarah Hopkins - Australia: Sound Of The Earth (Album) Fortuna Records US 1990 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Strata album art Robert Rich / Steve Roach Robert Rich / Steve Roach - Strata (Album) Hearts Of Space US 1990 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Soma album art Steve Roach & Robert Rich Steve Roach & Robert Rich - Soma (Album) Hearts Of Space Europe 1992 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - World's Edge album art Steve Roach World's Edge (Album) Fortuna Records UK, Europe & US 1992 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Origins album art Steve Roach Origins (Album) Fortuna Records UK, Europe & US 1993 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Artifacts album art Steve Roach Artifacts (Album) Fortuna Records USA, Canada & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - The Dream Circle album art Steve Roach The Dream Circle (Album) Soundquest Recordings US 1994 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Kiva album art Steve RoachMichael StearnsRon Sunsinger Steve RoachMichael StearnsRon Sunsinger - Kiva (Album) Fathom, Fathom US 1995 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Well Of Souls album art Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Well Of Souls (Album) Projekt US 1995 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void album art Steve Roach The Magnificent Void (Album) Fathom US 1996 Sell This Version
11072-2 Steve Roach - Halcyon Days album art Steve Roach / Stephen Kent / Kenneth Newby Steve Roach / Stephen Kent / Kenneth Newby - Halcyon Days(CD, Album) Fathom 11072-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
Steve Roach - Cavern Of Sirens album art Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Cavern Of Sirens (Album) Projekt US 1997 Sell This Version
11082-2 Steve Roach - On This Planet album art Steve Roach On This Planet(CD, Album) Fathom 11082-2 US 1997 Sell This Version

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Hyperion33554

Hyperion33554

October 12, 2018
Thank you steve roach for your amazing efforts. Music therapy for the mind, soul to overcome life's obstacles, heart aches, and our struggle for survival.
matt.joly

matt.joly

August 13, 2018
Had discover a long time ago the Electronic Music via Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Vangelis, and appears to my ear Steve Roach.
This was another shock, as he's capable of so many variations in his music.
This is what i like/enjoy from him.
Listened for so many hours Quiet Music. And Dreamtime Return.. and what to say about The Magnificent Void. World's Edge, Structures from Silence and more and more...
.. even in his recent works, Skeleton Keys.. and also with B. Metcal & R. Thomas: Monuments of Ecstasy... just great
He never cease to amaze me.
DrJD

DrJD

January 6, 2018
A great artist I have followed since the late 1980s. In a real sense he's provided the soundtrack for the quiet moments of my life - happy and sad.
Please check him out!
smeade96

smeade96

August 11, 2017
I've been innumerably obsessed with Steve Roach & anything he's collaborated on for a bit now. He's a master of his craft: blending electronic & ambient music with tribal & sometimes new age undertones. It's fantastic work. Please, check him out!
jonarmst

jonarmst

January 27, 2017
How does an artist manage to be so ridiculously prolific and still release classic after classic of absolutely top-shelf material? I don't get it either -- lesser artists would be lucky to release just a few classic albums in a row, but Steve Roach is an absolute master of his genre.

I don't think he's ever quite gotten the respect or awe he deserves in "electronic" music circles since he's of a slightly older generation and not necessarily as well known, so anyone with an interest in dark, brooding, ambient music (often with excellent exotic overtones) would be well served to check him out. He's one of those ultra rare artists that not only has gotten better with age, but MUCH better with age over what is now a decades-long timespan.
PawelP

PawelP

December 18, 2016
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He's the best Ambient composer of all time.Godfather of Space Ambient genre and Independent music. Im also creating music and he's for me the biggest inspiration. I recommend my favourites: The Magnificent Void, Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces, Texture Maps: The Lost Pieces Vol. 3 ,Quiet Music..must have for every ambient fans.. He's music will be always in my heart.
Numanoid

Numanoid

August 13, 2016
The term total genius doesn't even begin to describe Steve Roach.
ujjaya

ujjaya

September 17, 2015
Where are "Forgotten Gods" (1993) and "Earth Island" (1994) from Steve Roach, Jorge Reyes & Suzo Saiz (a trio who took the name of Suspended Memories). Forgotten Gods is the most live ambient album.
Without Steve and Jorge (RIP) my musical project (Ujjaya) had not exist.
mrdude

mrdude

August 25, 2012
I've been a long time fan of Steve's work, and one thing I've noticed is that although he is a super talented artist, he is also a painter of sound. If a painter paints a picture of the landscape, you can see the sense of depth and feeling in the picture. Steve paints with sound and you also get the sense of depth and feeling from his sound 'paintings.'

He is the only artist that I know of that can convey this sense of depth and expanse of a landscape into his music.

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