Steve Roach (born February 16, 1955) is an [1 ] 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 ] 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
after being inspired by such influential synthesizer artists and groups as [3 ] Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and Vangelis. His debut album appeared in 1982, followed by Now in 1984. In 1988 he released his acclaimed Structures from Silence series, along with what has been described by critics as his masterpiece, the double-album Quiet Music . Dreamtime Return [3 ]
As Roach's approach to ambient music matured, he has typically
been [4 ] beatless, although his rhythmic and trance-based groove and tribal-ambient releases are nearly as numerous as his more atmospheric releases. Some recordings are strictly [4 ] synthesizer based, whereas some recordings include ambient guitar experiments, and other releases cross over with more ethnic influences.
He was an early proponent
of the [5 ] didgeridoo's use in ambient music and learned to play it during his extended trips to Australia during the 1980s. Later work with Mexican musician Jorge Reyes would introduce a Prehispanic element, and these fusions would further establish Roach as one of the founders of the tribal-ambient sound. [4 ]
Steve Roach is married to author & equine teacher
Linda Kohanov (who provided vocals on some of his albums). They live in [6 ] Tucson, Arizona. [7 ] Discography [edit ] Solo albums [edit ] Collaboration albums [edit ] Moebius (1979) – as a member of the group Moebius (1987 Fortuna) – with Western Spaces Kevin Braheny The Leaving Time (1988) – with Michael Shrieve (1989 Fortuna) – with Desert Solitaire Michael Stearns and Kevin Braheny (1990 Strata Hearts of Space Records) – with Robert Rich (1990 Fortuna) – with Australia: Sound of the Earth David Hudson and Sarah Hopkins Forgotten Gods (1992) – with Jorge Reyes & Suso Saiz as Suspended Memories (1992 Soma Hearts of Space Records) – with Robert Rich Ritual Ground (1993) – with Elmar Schulte Earth Island (1994) – with Jorge Reyes & Suso Saiz as Suspended Memories (1995 Fathom/ Kiva Hearts of Space Records) – with Michael Stearns and Ron Sunsinger Well of Souls (1995) – 2 discs, with Vidna Obmana (1996) – with Halcyon Days Stephen Kent and Kenneth Newby Cavern of Sirens (1997) – with Vidna Obmana Dust to Dust (1998) – with Roger King Ascension of Shadows: Meditations for the Millennium (1999) – 3 discs, with Vidna Obmana (re-released in 2008 as three separate albums) (1999) – with Body Electric Vir Unis (2000) – with Jorge Reyes Vine ~ Bark & Spore Circles & Artifacts (2000) – with Vidna Obmana (2000) – 2 discs, with Byron Metcalf The Serpent's Lair Prayers to the Protector (2000) – with Thupten Pema Lama Blood Machine (2001) – with Vir Unis InnerZone (2002) – with Vidna Obmana Trance Spirits (2002) – with Jeffrey Fayman, Robert Fripp & Momodou Kah Mantram (2004 Projekt) – with Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig The Shaman's Heart (2005) – with Byron Metcalf Terraform (2006) – with Loren Nerell (reissued in 2009) Somewhere Else (Ascension of Shadows I) (2008) – with Vidna Obmana The Memory Pool (Ascension of Shadows II) (2008) – with Vidna Obmana Revealing the Secret (Ascension of Shadows III) (2008) – with Vidna Obmana Nada Terma (2008) – with Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig Stream of Thought (2009) – with Erik Wøllo Dream Tracker (2010) – with Byron Metcalf and Dashmesh Khalsa Nightbloom (2010) – with Mark Seelig Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World Original Soundtrack (2010) - with Brian Keane The Desert Inbetween (2011) – with Brian Parnham The Road Eternal (2011) – with Erik Wøllo Shaman's Heart II: The Healing Journey (2011) – with Byron Metcalf Low Volume Music (2012) – with Dirk Serries [9 ] Tales from the Ultra Tribe (2012) – with Byron Metcalf [9 ] The Long Night (2012) – with Kelly David [9 ] (2013) - with Copper: Original Soundtrack Brian Keane
Live albums [edit ] Stormwarning (1989 Soundquest) Live Archive (2000) – with Vidna Obmana (reissued in 2009 as the 2-disc Spirit Dome – Live Archive) All Is Now (2002 Timeroom Editions) – 2 discs (2004) – with Vidna Obmana Spirit Dome (reissued in 2009 as the 2-disc Spirit Dome – Live Archive) Storm Surge: Steve Roach Live at NEARfest (2006 Nearfest Records) Arc of Passion (2008 Projekt) – 2 discs (2008 Timeroom Editions) Landmass Live at Grace Cathedral (2010) Live at SoundQuest Fest (2011) – with Byron Metcalf, Brian Parnharn, and Dashmesh Khalsa [10 ] Journey of One (2011) Compilation albums [edit ] References [edit ] External links [edit ]