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 60)
La Mesa, California
Genres Ambient

Steve Roach (born February 16, 1955)[1] is an American composer and performer of ambient, electronic music and tribal-ambient music, whose recordings are also classified in the genres of space, drone, and new-age. Roach is recognized as one of the "leading innovators of contemporary electronic music."[2]


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[3] 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 1988 he released his acclaimed Quiet Music series, along with what has been described by critics as his masterpiece, the double-album Dreamtime Return.[3]

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 & equine teacher Linda Kohanov[6] (who provided vocals on some of his albums). They live in Tucson, Arizona.[7]


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  1. ^ "California Births, 1905 - 1995". Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Steve Roach Biography". Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Steve Roach | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  4. ^ a b c "Stretch out and enjoy the soundscape" by Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 21, 2000.
  5. ^ "Instrument owner lauds soothing effects," The Advocate (Baton Rouge) June 7, 1998.
  6. ^ Opdyke, David J (29 April 2000). "Steve Roach Interview". Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Echoes On-Line: Steve Roach". Echoes. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Steve Roach News". Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Steve Roach Update: Deep Currents Rising". 29 April 2012. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Live at SoundQuest Fest". Steve Roach. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  11. ^ "Steve Roach, Eric Freeman: Immersion Station - Infinite Ambient Music". Retrieved 2014-08-05. 

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