On This Planet

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On This Planet
Steve Roach On This Planet.jpg
Studio album by Steve Roach
Released 1997
Recorded October 1996 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 1996–1997 at The Timeroom in Tucson, Arizona
Genre Ambient
Length 72:56
Label Fathom
Producer Steve Roach
Steve Roach chronology
Cavern of Sirens
On This Planet
Slow Heat
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Alternate Music Press favorable [2]
Alternative Press favorable [3]

On This Planet (1997) is an album by the American ambient musician Steve Roach. This is a studio album, specially performed and recorded to simulate the atmosphere of Roach's live concerts.

Most of the music on the album is fast, rhythmic tribal ambient music. The album begins and ends with a recording of thunder. The first track, “Heart of the Tempest”, features a recital by Linda Kohanov of her poem which first appeared in the liner notes of Artifacts and the track “Remember It Now” features a spoken performance by both Roach and Kohanov. “Void Memory 4” is a continuation of The Magnificent Void. “A Darker Star” was recorded live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in October, 1996.

Track listing[edit]

  1. ”Heart of the Tempest” – 4:26
  2. ”Journey of One” – 3:38
  3. ”The Nexus Place” – 7:05
  4. ”Trilobite” – 3:33
  5. ”Void Memory 4” – 5:36
  6. ”Cloudwatching with the Toolmaker” – 5:41
  7. ”The Ecstasy of Travel” – 4:59
  8. ”Remember It Now” – 10:36
  9. ”A Darker Star” – 13:19
  10. ”On This Planet” – 14:06



  1. ^ On This Planet at AllMusic
  2. ^ "reviews". Alternatemusicpress.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  3. ^ January 1998