Steve Roach

Steve Roach

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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 born in California in 1955, 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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none Steve Roach Now (Album) Not On Label none US 1982 Sell This Version
NO-101 Steve Roach Traveler (Album) Domino Records NO-101 US 1983 Sell This Version
FOR-024 Steve Roach Structures From Silence (Album) Fortuna Records FOR-024 UK, Europe & US 1984 Sell This Version
17043-4 Steve Roach Quiet Music 1 (Album) Fortuna Records 17043-4 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
17036-1 Steve Roach Empetus (Album) Fortuna Records 17036-1 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
17044-4 Steve Roach Quiet Music 2 (Album) Fortuna Records 17044-4 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
FOR 045 MC Steve Roach Quiet Music 3 (Album) Fortuna Records FOR 045 MC US 1986 Sell This Version
D1-74761 Steve Roach / Kevin Braheny / Richard Burmer Steve Roach / Kevin Braheny / Richard Burmer - Western Spaces (Album) Innovative Communication D1-74761 US 1987 Sell This Version
3032-2-N Michael Shrieve / Steve Roach Michael Shrieve / Steve Roach - The Leaving Time (Album) Novus 3032-2-N US 1988 Sell This Version
18055-2 Steve Roach Dreamtime Return (Album) Fortuna Records, Fortuna Records 18055-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
17070-1 Steve Roach / Kevin Braheny / Michael Stearns Steve Roach / Kevin Braheny / Michael Stearns - Desert Solitaire (Album) Fortuna Records 17070-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
OXCD2165 Steve Roach Stormwarning - Live In Concert (Album) Soundquest Recordings OXCD2165 US 1989 Sell This Version
17071-4 Steve Roach / David Hudson / Sarah Hopkins Steve Roach / David Hudson / Sarah Hopkins - Australia: Sound Of The Earth (Album) Fortuna Records 17071-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
HS11019-4 Robert Rich / Steve Roach Robert Rich / Steve Roach - Strata (Album) Hearts Of Space HS11019-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
HS11033-2 Steve Roach & Robert Rich Steve Roach & Robert Rich - Soma (Album) Hearts Of Space HS11033-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
18057-2 Steve Roach World's Edge (Album) Fortuna Records 18057-2 UK, Europe & US 1992 Sell This Version
17081-2 Steve Roach Origins (Album) Fortuna Records 17081-2 UK, Europe & US 1993 Sell This Version
LTD 1 Steve Roach The Dream Circle (Album) Soundquest Recordings LTD 1 US 1994 Sell This Version
17082-2 Steve Roach Artifacts (Album) Fortuna Records 17082-2 USA, Canada & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
PROJEKT 60 Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Well Of Souls (Album) Projekt PROJEKT 60 US 1995 Sell This Version
HS11056-2, HS 11056-2 Steve Roach / Michael Stearns / Ron Sunsinger Steve Roach / Michael Stearns / Ron Sunsinger - Kiva (Album) Fathom, Fathom HS11056-2, HS 11056-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
HS11062-2 Steve Roach The Magnificent Void(CD, Album) Fathom HS11062-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
11072-2 Steve Roach / Stephen Kent / Kenneth Newby Steve Roach / Stephen Kent / Kenneth Newby - Halcyon Days(CD, Album) Fathom 11072-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
PROJEKT 73 Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Cavern Of Sirens (Album) Projekt PROJEKT 73 US 1997 Sell This Version
11082-2 Steve Roach On This Planet(CD, Album) Fathom 11082-2 US 1997 Sell This Version

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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.
etherealflux

etherealflux

October 17, 2011
He is my favorite artist.
Chroniz

Chroniz

July 24, 2010
edited over 5 years ago
Steve Roach is a magnificent artist and truly a pioneer in the ambient music realm. Alone and together with many colleagues and friends, he has left a mark to the ambient music in its many forms - organic, tribal, infinite soundworlds, the somber soundscapes, minimal works, sequenced syntherizer pieces and desertscapes.

It is quite amazing how he has released numerous works with an incredibly profilic speed - yet most of his works have still been 'excellent', 'great' or at least 'good'. In my books, the number one ambient artist. Missing his works such as Structures From Silence, Dreamtime Return, The Dream Circle, The Magnificent Void, Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces, Dynamic Stillness and many more, would be a pity. Dare I say, his music might be well known as classic ambient in the late future.

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