Steve Roach (musician)

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Steve Roach
Steve Roach, Tucson (bright).jpg
Steve Roach in Tucson, Arizona, 2013
Background information
Born (1955-02-16) February 16, 1955 (age 63)
La Mesa, California
Genres Ambient, new-age, electronic, space, ethnic fusion[1]
Occupation(s) Composer
Website steveroach.com

Steve Roach (born February 16, 1955)[2] is an American composer and performer of ambient electronic music, whose recordings are also classified in the genres of space, drone, and new-age.

His 2016 album Spiral Revelation received a Grammy Award nomination for New Age Album of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.[3]

Overview[edit]

Roach during a soundcheck at SoundQuest in October 2010, Tucson, Arizona.
Steve Roach performing at SoundQuest 2010.

Originally a Motocross racer, at the age of 20 Roach taught himself to play the synthesizer[1] after being inspired by such influential synthesizer artists and groups as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and Vangelis. His debut album Now appeared in 1982, followed by Structures from Silence in 1984. In 1986 he released his acclaimed Quiet Music series. In 1988, he released what has been described by critics as his masterpiece, the double-album Dreamtime Return.[1]

As Roach's approach to ambient music matured, he has typically[4] been beatless, although his rhythmic and trance-based groove and tribal-ambient releases are nearly as numerous[4] as his more atmospheric releases. Some recordings are strictly synthesizer based, whereas some recordings include ambient guitar experiments, and other releases cross over with more ethnic influences.

He was an early proponent[5] of the didgeridoo's use in ambient music and learned to play it during his extended trips to Australia during the 1980s. He later worked with Mexican musician Jorge Reyes who would introduce a Prehispanic element, and these fusions would further establish Roach as one of the founders[4] of the tribal-ambient sound.

Roach is married to author and equine teacher Linda Kohanov[6] (who provided vocals on some of his albums). They live in Tucson, Arizona.[7]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Now (1982)
  • Traveler (1983 Domino)
  • Structures from Silence (1984 Fortuna) – remastered 2001
  • Quiet Music 1 (1986 Fortuna) -cassette
  • Empetus (1986 Fortuna) -cassette, CD, vinyl
  • Quiet Music 2 (1986 Fortuna) -cassette
  • Quiet Music 3 (1986 Fortuna) -cassette
  • Quiet Music (1988 Fortuna) -compilation 1-3 CD
  • Dreamtime Return (1988 Fortuna) – 2 discs, (remastered 2005 Projekt)
  • The Lost Pieces (1993 Rubicon) -CD (re-released on Projekt 1995)
  • The Dream Circle (1994 Soundquest LTD1) -CD (Limited 2000 copies)
  • The Magnificent Void (1996 Hearts of Space)
  • On This Planet (1997 Hearts of Space
  • Slow Heat (1998 Timeroom Editions)
  • Light Fantastic (1999 Hearts of Space)
  • Atmospheric Conditions (1999 Timeroom Editions)
  • The Dream Circle (1999 Timeroom Editions) Re-release of 1994
  • Truth & Beauty: The Lost Pieces 2 (1999 Timeroom Editions 2)
  • Midnight Moon (2000 Projekt)
  • Early Man (2000 Manifold) - (1 disc Limited Slate Slab PKG)
  • Early Man (2001 Projekt) – 2 disc
  • Time of the Earth (2001)
  • Core (2001 Timeroom Editions)
  • Streams & Currents (2001)
  • Darkest Before Dawn (2002)
  • Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (2003 Projekt) – 4 discs
  • Texture Maps: The Lost Pieces 3 (2003 Timeroom Editions)
  • Life Sequence (2003)
  • Fever Dreams (2004)
  • Holding the Space: Fever Dreams II (2004 Timeroom Editions)
  • Places Beyond: The Lost Pieces 4 (2004 Timeroom Editions)
  • Possible Planet (2005)
  • New Life Dreaming (2005)
  • Immersion: One (2006 Projekt)
  • Proof Positive (2006)
  • Kairos: The Meeting of Time and Destiny (2006) – CD + DVD
  • Immersion: Two (2006 Projekt)
  • Fever Dreams III (2007) – 2 discs
  • Immersion : Three (2007) – 3 discs
  • A Deeper Silence (2008)
  • Landmass (2008 Timeroom Editions)
  • Dynamic Stillness (2009) – 2 discs
  • Destination Beyond (2009)
  • Afterlight (2009)
  • Immersion : Four (2009 Timeroom Editions)
  • Sigh of Ages (2010)
  • Immersion Five – Circadian Rhythms (2011)
  • Groove Immersion (2012)
  • Back to Life (2012)
  • Soul Tones (2012)
  • Future Flows (2013)[8]
  • Spiral Meditations (2013)
  • Bloodmoon Rising (2014)
  • The Delicate Beyond (2014)
  • The Delicate Forever (2014)
  • The Desert Collection - Volume 1 (2014)
  • Invisible (2015)
  • Skeleton Keys (2015 Projekt)
  • The Skeleton Collection 2005 - 2015 (2015 Timeroom Editions)
  • Etheric Imprints (2015 Projekt)
  • Bloodmoon Rising - The Complete 5 hour collection (2015 Timeroom Editions)
  • Vortex Immersion Zone (2015 Timeroom Editions)
  • This Place to Be (2016)
  • Shadow of Time (2016)
  • Spiral Revelation (2016)
  • Fade to Gray (2016)
  • Painting in the Dark (2016)
  • The Passing (2017 Timeroom Editions 39)
  • Nostalgia for the Future (2017 Timeroom Editions 42)