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
GenresAmbient, electronic,[1] new-age
Occupation(s)Composer
Websitesteveroach.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 has matured, his compositions have typically[4] been beatless. His rhythmic and trance-based groove and tribal-ambient releases, however, are nearly as numerous[4] as his more atmospheric releases. Some recordings are strictly synthesizer-based, whereas others include ambient guitar experiments.

Other pieces, however, cross over with more ethnic and folk influences. Roach learned to play the digeridoo during his extended trips to Australia in the 1980s, and he became an early proponent[5] of its use in ambient music. His work with Mexican musician Jorge Reyes introduced Roach to Prehispanic musical elements, which he has also included in his music. These fusions established 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 - 2 discs, (re-released on Projekt 2008) - CD, Digital (re-released on Projekt 2017)[8]
  • 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)
  • Stormwarning (1989 Soundquest)
  • World's Edge (1992 Fortuna) – 2 discs
  • Now / Traveler (1992 Fortuna) -compilation 1-2 CD
  • The Lost Pieces (1993 Rubicon) -CD (re-released on Projekt 1995)
  • Origins (1993 Fortuna)
  • The Dream Circle (1994 Soundquest LTD1) -CD (Limited 2000 copies)
  • Artifacts (1994 Fortuna)
  • The Dreamer Descends (1995 Amplexus)
  • The Magnificent Void (1996 Hearts of Space)
  • On This Planet (1997 Hearts of Space)
  • Slow Heat (1998 Timeroom Editions 1)
  • Light Fantastic (1999 Hearts of Space)
  • The Dream Circle (1999 Timeroom Editions) Re-release of 1994 CD
  • Atmospheric Conditions (1999 Timeroom Editions)
  • Dreaming... Now, Then: A Retrospective 1982 - 1997 (1999 Fortuna) – 2 discs
  • Quiet Music: Complete Edition (1999 Fortuna) – 2 discs, re-release of 1988 CD
  • Truth & Beauty: The Lost Pieces Volume Two (1999 Timeroom Editions 2)
  • Early Man (2000 Manifold) - (1 disc Limited Slate Slab PKG)
  • Midnight Moon (2000 Projekt)
  • Early Man (2001 Projekt) - 2 discs
  • Time of the Earth (2001)
  • Core (2001 Timeroom Editions)
  • Streams & Currents (2001)
  • Pure Flow (2001)
  • Day Out of Time (2002)
  • Darkest Before Dawn (2002)
  • All is Now (2002)
  • Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (2003 Projekt) – 4 discs
  • Space and Time: An Introduction to the Soundworlds of Steve Roach (2003 Projekt)
  • Texture Maps: The Lost Pieces Vol. 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)
  • Storm Surge: Live at NEARfest (2006)
  • Proof Positive (2006)
  • Kairos: The Meeting of Time and Destiny (2006) – CD + DVD
  • Immersion : Two (2006 Projekt)
  • Immersion : Three (2007) – 3 discs
  • Fever Dreams III (2007) – 2 discs
  • A Deeper Silence (2008)
  • Landmass (2008 Timeroom Editions)
  • Dynamic Stillness (2009) – 2 discs
  • Immersion : Four (2009 Timeroom Editions)
  • Afterlight (2009)
  • Destination Beyond (2009)
  • Live at Grace Gathedral (2010) – 2 discs
  • Sigh of Ages (2010)
  • Immersion Five – Circadian Rhythms (2011)
  • Live at SoundQuest Fest (2011)
  • Quiet Music: The Original 3-Hour Collection (2011) – 3 discs
  • Journey of One (2011) – 2 discs
  • Groove Immersion (2012)
  • Back to Life (2012)
  • Soul Tones (2012)
  • Ultra Immersion Concert (2013)
  • Rasa Dance: The Music of Connection (2013)
  • Future Flows (2013)
  • Live Transmission (2013) – 2 discs
  • Live in Tucson 2000 (2013)
  • Spiral Meditations (2013)
  • At the Edge of Everything (2013)
  • The Desert Collection: Volume One (2014)
  • The Delicate Forever (2014)
  • The Delicate Beyond (2014)
  • Bloodmoon Rising Night 2 (2014)
  • Invisible (2015)
  • Bloodmoon Rising Night 3 (2015)
  • The Skeleton Collection 2005 - 2015 (2015 Timeroom Editions)
  • Skeleton Keys (2015 Projekt)
  • Etheric Imprints (2015 Projekt)
  • Bloodmoon Rising - The Complete 5 Hour Collection (2015 Timeroom Editions 34)
  • Alive in the Vortex (2015 Timeroom Editions 35) – 2 discs
  • Vortex Immersion Zone (2015 Timeroom Editions)
  • Skeleton - Spiral Passage (2015 Timeroom Digital)
  • Emotions Revealed (2015 Projekt)
  • Live in Tucson: Pinnacle Moments (2016 Timeroom Editions 37)
  • This Place to Be (2016 Timeroom Editions 38)
  • Shadow of Time (2016)
  • Painting in the Dark (2016 Timeroom Editions 40)
  • Fade to Gray (2016 Timeroom Editions 41)
  • Spiral Revelation (2017)
  • The Passing (2017 Timeroom Editions 39)
  • Nostalgia for the Future (2017 Timeroom Editions 42)
  • Long Thoughts (2017)
  • Eclipse Mix (2017 Timeroom Editions 43)
  • Molecules of Motion (2018)
  • Return to the Dreamtime (2018 Timeroom Editions 44)
  • Electron Birth (2018 Timeroom Edition 45)