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ROACH, STEVE - Tape Recordings - Now (Extended)

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Vinyl-On-Demand VOD139.SR
Release Year: 2015
Note: re-issue of his debut-tape "Now" (1982), when ROACH was influenced by early cosmic synthesizer music (TANGERINE DREAM, etc.); comes with a 23 min. bonus track "Emotion Revealed, previously unreleased !! Lim. 500 copies
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €18.00

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"Composer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Roach (born 1955 in California) is definatley a longstanding leader in contemporary electronic music, drew on the beauty and power of the earth's landscapes to create lush, meditative soundscapes influential on the emergence of ambient and trance. At the age of 20 and inspired by the music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and Vangelis he taught himself to play synthesizer.

After being a band-member of Doug Lynners Moebius in late 70s and early 80s he went on to record as a solo-artist debuting in 1982 with his self-released and Eurock-distributed classic-album-release Now. One year later Steve released another classic recording on Domino Records called Traveller. As with Don Slepian, Steve then signed to Fortuna Records releasing several Lps and Tapes With Structure 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.

This Lp includes all the tracks from the legendary Debut-Tape Now plus apreviously unreleased Bonus-Track called Emotion Revealed." [label info]