Electron Birth comes on like an atomic dose of DMT. Roach opens with fast contrapuntal arpeggiations to start the journey. The timing and timbres tell the listener this will be a journey into deep space. Roach is a sonic shaman par excellence and EB is what I'd describe as an advanced Roach recording, playing in the same exalted realms such as Empetus, Magnificent Void and Arc of Passion.
Oh boy electron Birth is good, true space music, for the space between your ears, and Interstellar space. The old term for this sort of music is it arrives and departs your location as it moves through the universe. This is the best album you have released in years.
From all Roach's sequencer-based works, this is probably my favorite. 'Harmonia Mundi', 'Towards the Dream', 'Proof Positive' - they all paved the way for this exhilerating release that will keep you hooked and energized - you just never want it to end!
Favorite track: Electron Birth.
Biff Johnson and Shelley Andrews
Recorded live in conjunction with Return To The Dreamtime in Feb. 2018 this is a full blown sequencer creation at its best.Subtle shifts in sound and rhythm make this a must for repeated reckoning.Composed on the spot, this is alive for the moment at hand and fulfills the prophecy of walking off the edge to fully investigate the possibilities!.We are truly blessed to have Steve here to nurture us along.Killer gear set-up also.The gorgeous closer hints of things to come.
Favorite track: Electron Birth.
This mesmerizing masterwork of multi-dimensional analog sequencer spun music connects directly to Steve’s passion for the interweaving of pure emotion, energy, delicate grace and driving flow. Interconnected melodic-rhythmic forms bloom into a constant morphing state of kaleidoscopic change.
Over several months before this piece was recorded, many directions were explored, motifs developed and structures were revealed evolving up to the moment when “Electron Birth” was realized in its final creation. This stellar performance was recorded with a live audience in the studio-like environment of Tucson’s Galactic Center, Feb 11, 2018. The DNA of Molecules of Motion, Spiral Revelation and Skeleton Keys along with the tradition of great German EM School masters is woven into this vibrant long-form journey. The album concludes with “Cloud Currents,” a deep drift zone created in the Timeroom. Post production fine-tuning by Steve and mastering by Howard Givens brings out even more detail and sonic impact from this peak experience.
Experience Return To The Dreamtime – all new expanded and evolved pieces from Dreamtime Return, created live at the Galactic Center, Tucson AZ, February 10, 2018, and broadcast live worldwide on SomaFM.
released August 3, 2018
“Electron Birth” was composed, performed and mixed by Steve Roach at the Galactic Center Tucson Arizona February 11, 2018. Broadcast live worldwide on Soma FM. Recording engineer Rusty Hodge. “Cloud Currents” was created in the Timeroom, Baja Arizona June 2018.
Oberheim Xpander, Emu Esynth, Korg Wavestation, Nordlead 2 and 4, TTSH Arp 2600 clone and Eurorack expander, Doepfer MAQ 16 Sequencer, DSI Mono Evolver, Mackie VLZ 4 – 32 channel mixer. Outboard effects by Lexicon, Line 6, Eventide.
Special thanks to Rusty Hodge of SomaFM for creating an invaluable source point for us all. Kati Astaire and Galactic Center for holding the space for these moments. Sam at Projekt for more that can be listed here.
Cover concept by Steve Roach, Cover image by Jaswe, Graphic design by Sam Rosenthal.
Mastered by Howard Givens - Spotted Peccary Studios NW, Portland, Oregon
As a pioneering cornerstone of ambient-atmospheric-electronic music, internationally-renowned artist Steve Roach has dedicated four decades to exploring myriad soundworlds that connect with a timeless source of inspiration.