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 59)
La Mesa, California
GenresAmbient
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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 59)
La Mesa, California
GenresAmbient
Websitesteveroach.com

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]

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[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. Later work with Mexican musician Jorge Reyes would introduce a Prehispanic element, and these fusions would further establish Roach as one of the founders[4] of the tribal-ambient sound.

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

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Collaboration albums[edit]

  • Moebius (1979) – as a member of the group Moebius
  • Western Spaces (1987 Fortuna) – with Kevin Braheny
  • The Leaving Time (1988) – with Michael Shrieve
  • Desert Solitaire (1989 Fortuna) – with Michael Stearns and Kevin Braheny
  • Strata (1990 Hearts of Space Records) – with Robert Rich
  • Australia: Sound of the Earth (1990 Fortuna) – with David Hudson and Sarah Hopkins
  • Forgotten Gods (1992) – with Jorge Reyes & Suso Saiz as Suspended Memories
  • Soma (1992 Hearts of Space Records) – with Robert Rich
  • Ritual Ground (1993) – with Elmar Schulte
  • Earth Island (1994) – with Jorge Reyes & Suso Saiz as Suspended Memories
  • Kiva (1995 Fathom/Hearts of Space Records) – with Michael Stearns and Ron Sunsinger
  • Well of Souls (1995) – 2 discs, with Vidna Obmana
  • Halcyon Days (1996) – with 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)
  • Body Electric (1999) – with Vir Unis
  • Vine ~ Bark & Spore (2000) – with Jorge Reyes
  • Circles & Artifacts (2000) – with Vidna Obmana
  • The Serpent's Lair (2000) – 2 discs, with Byron Metcalf
  • 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]
  • Copper: Original Soundtrack (2013) - with Brian Keane

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Births, 1905 - 1995". Familytreelegends.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Steve Roach Biography". Blacksun.com. 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". spiderbytes.com. 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". steveroach.com. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Steve Roach Update: Deep Currents Rising". steveroach.com. 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". Steveroach.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 

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